Calgary, Alta – The Calgary Inferno opened the 2016/17 season with a special banner-raising ceremony in celebration of the team’s Clarkson Cup Championship. A number of returning Inferno players and retiring members of the Inferno championship team took to the ice to watch the banner raise.
The Inferno drew first blood in the game with a goal by Rebecca Johnston and assist to Blayre Turnbull. Brampton answered three minutes later with a goal by Sarah Edney, assisted by Shannon MacAulay and Jamie-Lee Rattray. Calgary took a series of three penalties and Brampton managed to capitalize on the third power play with a goal by Shannon MacAulay with assists to teammates Laura Fortino and Jess Jones. The period penalties tallied a total of three for Calgary and one for Brampton.
The second period was uneventful with both teams battling to score the next goal. Brampton took a total of three penalties in the second period with Calgary unable to capitalize on the power play opportunities.
“I thought we came out a bit nervous, perhaps due to the banner raising and the first game together, the energy was a bit off where it needed to be, remarked assistant coach Gina Kingsbury. “Brampton played a really good game and they pressured us really hard. Both teams played well in the end and it sets the precedence for the season, every team got better with their rosters and we’re looking forward to a great season.”
Calgary took three more penalties in the third period before Jillian Saulnier put one in the top corner past Brampton’s Erica Howe with four minutes’ left in the game. Calgary’s Brigette Lacquette and Sarah Davis provided the assists.
Both teams were unsuccessful in scoring in the over time period despite Calgary being short handed for the first 30 seconds. Then to the shootout.
Calgary shot first with Hayley Irwin’s attempt rejected. Brampton was stopped on the next shot and the Inferno’s captain, Brianne Jenner gunned the puck past Brampton for a goal in the second shootout round. With no Brampton shootout goals getting past Calgary’s goaltender Emerance Maschmeyer, Blayre Turnbull had one final attempt to confirm Calgary’s victory. While she shot wide, Brampton also missed their last attempt and Calgary won the game 3-2.
The three stars of the game:
- Brianne Jenner, Calgary Inferno
- Shannon MacAulay, Brampton Thunder
- Jillian Saulnier, Calgary Inferno
Fans can see the team play again on October 9 where there will be a celebration of Minor Hockey in Calgary with a special announcement before the game. This will also be the first time the Inferno play at the former home of the Calgary Flames, the Stampede Corral. All minor hockey players wearing their team jersey will receive complimentary admission.
Following the game, the Inferno will co-host a Fast Female Champ Chat presented by Fuelling Women Champions for girls aged 8-18 at the Boyce Theatre. Several CWHL Calgary Inferno players/Fast and Female Ambassadors will inspire and lead participants thru fun physical literacy activities, a yoga/dance party, inspirational chat/QA and an autograph session. Space to this event is limited pre-registration is required to guarantee your spot. Go to calgaryinferno.ca/fast for more information.