Calgary, Alta — After Saturday’s back and forth game that saw the Inferno beat the Blades 5-2, the Inferno were back in action Sunday morning, looking for back to back victories against Boston in the weekend series. Their hard work led to a 4-1 win against Boston.
Calgary came out flying in the first period and spent the majority of the frame in the offensive zone. Just two minutes into the game, Inferno forward Kelty Apperson had the first good chance in the slot but Boston’s Lauren Dahm turned the quick shot aside with a brilliant save. Shortly after, the Inferno’s Kennedy Brown lit the lamp for her first career CWHL goal on a snapshot from her knees, with Kayla Gardner picking up the assist on the play.
“It’s so exciting since it’s my first time in a professional league scoring a goal. And even the way it unfolded, battling through people to make it happen. It was a memorable experience,” expressed Brown.
The Inferno had an opportunity to extend the lead with Erin Hall serving a body-checking penalty for the Boston Blades but were unable to capitalize. The Inferno eventually found their second goal of the game when defense Brittney Fouracres fired a shot from the blueline and Erica Kromm redirected it in with a beautiful tip through the 5-hole of Dahm, with Taryn Baumgardt picking up an assist as well. Calgary took a 2-0 lead into the first intermission, outshooting Boston 11-4.
The second period proved to be a more even affair with both teams getting quality scoring chances in tight. Part way through the second, Inferno defense Jacquie Pierri let a shot go from the backend and Laura Dostaler, who was all alone in the slot, came up with a beautiful deflection for her first goal of the season. With the Inferno up 3-0, the Blades started applying more pressure in the attacking zone. They finally solved Inferno netminder Toni Ross midway through the second as Michelle Ng surprised Ross with a quick shot in the slot on a nifty pass from Melissa Bizzari. The Inferno tried to answer back, putting some late pressure on in the last five minutes of the second but were unable to add to their lead. At the end of two periods, the Inferno led 3-1 and doubled up on the Blades in shots on goal, 22-11.
The third period started off with a fiery intensity as both teams played extremely physical hockey. Both teams had great opportunities to score, as Boston had a couple of powerplay chances and Calgary had a pair of mini breakaways. With the Inferno’s Sophie Shirley in the penalty box for interference, her teammate Erica Kromm joined her shortly after. In the spirit of the holiday season, Kromm lit up Meghan Grieves like a Christmas tree with a big-time hit that sent her to the box for body checking. Boston had a golden opportunity to cut the deficit but were unable to convert. The Inferno eventually put the game away as Brittany Esposito deposited a beautiful wrister into the top corner on the powerplay, helpers from Kromm and Hayleigh Cudmore, to help seal a 4-1 victory for Calgary. Final shots on goal were 30-14 in favour of Calgary.
The Calgary Inferno will now turn their attention to the Toronto Furies for a two-game series at home, taking place December 16 & 17.
“I think we have to take the good things that we did today, improve on them and keep doing them. Going forward, we need to take the energy that we had in the game today and just use that in the upcoming games,” added Brown.
Three Stars of the Game:
First Star: Kennedy Brown – Calgary Inferno
Second Star: Michelle Ng – Boston Blades
Third Star: Laura Dostaler – Calgary Inferno