Calgary, Alta (Jan. 6)- The Inferno dropped the first game of their two-game series against Les Canadiennes 2-1 in a shootout.
Today’s game, Keep the Beat, was a special one as it marked the first hockey game of 2018 for the Inferno and was held in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Jacquie Pierri was instrumental in organizing the Keep the Beat game for four consecutive years. Pierri strives to bring awareness to the importance of maintaining a healthy heart and recognizing the signs of a potential heart condition. The puck drop ceremony featured Calgary Flames’ President of Hockey Operations Brian Burke and Barb Jones, a volunteer with the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
Pierri was excited with the turnout, and hoped the fans attending took the information provided to heart. “Hopefully people learned some stuff, there was a CPR demo. I know they put some information on the broadcast as well so hopefully it was helping someone adjust their lifestyle a little bit. 8-in-10 cases of heart disease, people are dying on preventable conditions. If we’re just talking about quitting smoking so someone still has their dad, that’s such an easy solution. So, the more that we can get the word out on that, and teaching about CPR and the AED, that saves lives.”
Neither team was able to score any goals in the first period. Five minutes into the game a penalty was given to Tracy-Ann Lavigne for hooking. The Inferno were able to muster 12 shots on goal and Les Canadiennes managed to get five; however, both were unable to capitalize.
Eventually, the first goal of the game occurred midway through the second period as Inferno forward Elana Lovell put home a beautiful one-timer on a beautiful feed by Brittany Esposito, with her seventh point in seven games. Montreal had a terrific opportunity to tie the game as Calgary’s Kelly Murray took a body checking penalty with five minutes left in the in the second period, but were unable to capitalize. Through two periods, Calgary outshot Montreal 21-12.
Montreal finally solved Toni Ross and the Calgary defense in the first minute of the third period. A turnover inside the Inferno zone transitioned into a goal from Sarah Lefort as she beat Ross high on the glove side, with Katina Clement-Heydra and Kayla Tutino picking up the assists. Ross had to come up with a terrific toe save on a great two-on-one opportunity by Montreal to keep the game tied. At the end of the third, shots on goal were 27-18 in favour of Calgary.
Overtime solved nothing, despite Calgary controlling most of the play in the extra frame and finishing with a 28-21 advantage.
In the shootout, three rounds weren’t enough, and it took another two rounds before Marion Allemoz scored to win it for Montreal, with a final score of 2-1.
“We had a really good start in the first period, and it’s exactly how we wanted to come into this game, and then in the second we kind of started to slow down a bit,” said Elana Lovell, the lone goal scorer for the Inferno. She says the Inferno need to do the little things well to get the win tomorrow. “I like our offensive chances, I think we just need to capitalize more. And then again, just do exactly what we didn’t do in the second and third, and win the little battles, and focus on the small things because that’s what is going to generate the win.”
The Inferno will look to get a win tomorrow and split this series with Les Canadiennes. Puck drop for tomorrow’s game is at 10:30am at WinSport.
Three Stars of the Game
- Emerance Maschmeyer, Montreal
- Brittany Esposito, Calgary
- Elana Lovell, Calgary