CALGARY, ALTA. – Feb. 7, 2019 – As the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) starts gearing up for the postseason, the Calgary Inferno have been taking care of business. After splitting their previous weekend series with Les Canadiennes Montreal, the Inferno have clinched one of the top two spots in the league and, with it, home ice in the first round of the playoffs. Playoffs will take place March 8-10 with the ice times and locations to be determined.
Now, with just two points separating them from Les Canadiennes in the standings, all that’s left before the postseason is to determine whether they’ll be first seed or second. They’ll look to take on the Worcester Blades to get that much closer to finding out in their final home games of the regular season.
Sunday’s game is in support of You Can Play. For the third season in a row the Inferno will sport helmet stickers and rainbow stick tape in support of the organization that aims for equality, respect and safety for all athletes, without regard to sexual orientation and/or gender identity. You Can Play seeks to challenge the culture of locker rooms and spectator areas by focusing only on an athlete’s skills work ethic and competitive spirit.
“It’s great to see our team play a part in spreading the ‘You Can Play’ message. Everyone on our team, as in years before, lives by that all-inclusive message every day so it’s nice that we get to share that with our fans this weekend,” remarked Inferno veteran forward Erica Kromm. “It’s even better when it makes someone feel that it’s ok to be gay, or bisexual or transgender and so on. If we can reach even just one person and have them feel like a weight has been lifted, that’s even better – that’s the goal.”
The Inferno and Blades haven’t played each other since late October, when the Inferno travelled to Worcester. There, they played two games, with the Inferno taking both contests: first by a score of 5-0, and then with a 9-0 victory.
While the Inferno presently sit top spot in the CWHL with 37 points in 23 games, it’s been the opposite kind of season for the Blades: they’re last in the league, having lost all 22 games they’ve played. They’ve scored just 16 goals throughout the season.
The first game will be on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 3:30 p.m. MST at the Edge School near Springbank. On Sunday, Feb. 10, the Inferno will return to WinSport’s Arena A for the annual You Can Play game at 12:30 p.m. MST.