Facing elimination on the road and trailing in the third period, the Spitfires rallied for a 3-2 overtime win over the Flint Firebirds before 3,206 at the Dort Financial Center.
With the win, the top-seeded Spitfires evened the best-of-seven Western Conference final against the third-seeded Firebirds at 3-3. Game 7, to decide the series, is Wednesday at the WFCU Centre at 7:05 p.m.
For the fourth times in this series, the Firebirds carried a one-goal lead into the third period of game in this series. However, for the first time, the Spitfires were able to crack the wall of the Flint defensive approach to drop five players back, dump pucks and accept any icing calls and lean on goalie Luke Cavallin failed to produce a victory.
“We talked about what we could do differently and we responded well,” Savard said. “We dug deep and never cheated. We’ve told them when you do that, you’ll get rewarded and we finally did.”