Calgary dominates last home game of the regular season

CALGARY, Alta (Feb. 10, 2019) After Saturday’s game had to be cancelled due to a flight cancellation, the Worcester Blades arrived and faced off against the Calgary Inferno Sunday afternoon. 17 of the Inferno players made it on the score sheet for Sunday’s high-scoring win. The game was in support of You Can Play for equality on and off the ice.

“We had a really good penalty kill, that’s positive, special teams are huge going into the last stretch of the season, Annie had a great game [we had] lots of puck possession and confidence in the puck,” said Brianne Jenner with two goals and two assists in the game.

The Inferno put the pressure on early, scoring the first goal of the game three minutes into the first period, Dakota Woodworth buried the rebound assisted by Kelty Apperson and Laura Dostaler, Dostaler earned her first point of the season. Rebecca Johnston had a break-away opportunity with three minutes left in the third, making a spin-o-rama to get around the defense, but couldn’t put one past Jetta Rackleff. Seconds later Worcester Blades’ Morgan Turner went to the penalty box for body checking, giving the Inferno a powerplay opportunity that they capitalized on; Brianna Decker scored assisted by Kacey Bellamy and Rebecca Johnston. At the end of the first period the score was 2-0 for the Inferno and shots on net were 16-4 in favour of the Inferno.

Mariah Fujimagari would start the second period in net for the Worcester Blades, replacing Jetta Rackleff. One minute and six seconds into the second period Brianne Jenner found the back of the net, assisted by Rebecca Leslie and Halli Krzyzaniak, giving the Inferno a 3-0 lead early in the second period. The Inferno scored again to increase their lead to 4-0, scored by Jenner assisted by Kaitlin Willoughby and Venla Hovi. A mere 41 seconds later Blayre Turnbull scored assisted by Rhianna Kurio. Brianna Decker headed to the box for tripping. Rebecca Leslie scored a shorthanded goal assisted by Jenner and Katelyn Gosling. Rebecca Fleming of the Worcester Blades was sent to the box for hooking at 5:12 and 52 seconds later the Inferno’s Turnbull was sent to the box for roughing. The Inferno scored on the 4 on 4 opportunity, Zoe Hickel found the back of the net assisted by Hovi and Tori Hickel. At the end of the second period the score was 7-0 and shots on net were 35-11 in favour of the Inferno.

The Worcester Blades took two penalties back to back at the start of the third period to give the Inferno a five on three opportunity. Leslie was able to beat Fujimagari, assisted by Jenner and Turnbull, giving the Inferno an 8-0 lead. With five minutes left in the period the Inferno attempted to put another puck past Fujimagari, but it hit the post then bounced through the crease. Turnbull scored on a five on three opportunity, assisted by Leslie and Krzyzaniak, increasing the Inferno’s lead 9-0. The Inferno’s powerplay team was on fire scoring yet another powerplay goal before the final horn. Brianna Decker scored, assisted by Zoe Hickel and Kelly Murray. The final score was 10-0 for the Inferno and shots on net were 50-13 in favour of the Inferno. Calgary’s Annie Belanger earned her fourth shutout in eight games played this season.

“[Going into China it’s important to] dial in all our systems, fine-tuning at this point in the year and China will be a great opportunity [to have] team meetings, team videos and enjoying the experience. It’s not often you get to go someplace like that to play hockey, we want to make sure we take in the cultural experiences. Of course, it’s a business trip but making sure we pick our heads up and look around a little bit,” noted Jenner.

Due to Saturday’s cancellation, the league made Sunday’s game worth four points. This was a big win for the Inferno to stay in first place, four points ahead of Les Canadiennes de Montreal. The Inferno are headed to China to play the last three games of the season against Kunlun. The puck drops Wednesday Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m. at the Shenzhen Universiade Arena. All three games will be livestreamed on the CWHL website.

3 Stars of the Game

  1. Brianne Jenner, Calgary Inferno
  2. Dakota Woodworth, Calgary Inferno
  3. Annie Bellanger, Calgary Inferno

Eleven of Calgary’s players now head east for the Canada vs. USA series this week. The series kicks off Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. ET in London, Ont., at Budweiser Gardens, the home of the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League. The teams will play again Thursday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. ET at Scotiabank Arena, home of the Toronto Maple Leafs, before shifting south of the border for the final game Sunday, Feb. 17 at 12 p.m. ET at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Mich., home of the Detroit Red Wings.