CALGARY, ALTA – Dec.1, 2018 – The Calgary Inferno outshot the opposition and pushed Saturday’s game to overtime and then a shoot out but the visiting Markham Thunder won 3-2. The game ended Calgary’s unbeaten streak at nine games.
Markham broke the ice at eight minutes into the first with a top shelf shot by Jenna McParland past Alex Rigsby. The assist went to Alex Wolsuchuk. Calgary outshot Markham 17-12 in the first period.
The second period was a battle as Calgary looked to get on the board. They couldn’t capitalize on an early powerplay and Markham’s Victoria Bach put another one past the Inferno half way through the period assisted by Jamie Lee Rattray and Laura Fortino. Calgary finally got one past Erica Howe with five minutes left in the first. Rebecca Leslie scored on a pass from Brianne Jenner and Blayre Turnbull. Fortino took a holding penalty with two minutes left in the period, but the Inferno didn’t score. The period ended in a 2-1 score and shots on goal were 16-6 for the Inferno.
The Inferno came out hot in the third looking to even the score. That goal came four minutes into the period with her second goal of the year from Zoe Hickel with an assist to line mate Rebecca Johnston. Despite gathering nine shots apiece, neither team could bury a winning goal through the next 15 minutes of regulation play, so the game went into overtime.
The goaltenders continued to be outstanding and stopped all but one shot in overtime and the shootout. The Inferno’s Rigsby denied Jess Jones and Victoria Bach. Erica Howe stopped the Inferno sharp shooters in Johnston, Jenner. On Markham’s third shot Kristen Barbara scored. Decker had a chance to tie the shootout and was denied by Howe. Markham’s backstop was sharp, saving 44 shots on the night to earn her the first star of the game.
“I definitely think we have to come out way stronger in the beginning and play the way we did in the second half of the game right at the start,” remarked Inferno’s first goal scorer on the night Rebecca Leslie on tomorrow’s rematch. “I think that it’ll be a good game if we start hard.”
Calgary remains in first place in the CWHL standings three points ahead of Markham though Markham jumped up and are now tied with Les Canadiennes in second place with 16 points.
- Erica Howe, Markham Thunder
- Zoe Hickel, Calgary Inferno
- Jenna McParland, Markham Thunder
Note: Sunday’s game is at the Cochrane Arena, puck drop at 1:00 p.m. MST.