Calgary, Alta (Dec.14, 2017) – The Calgary Inferno will try to build on their three-game winning streak this weekend as they host the Toronto Furies for a pair of games for the final regular season action before the calendar flips to 2018. Saturday’s game will also be a fundraiser for the Calgary Food Bank.
The Inferno currently sit in a three-way tie for first with Les Canadiennes de Montreal and the Kunlun Red Star, all with 18 points.
These two games this weekend will mark the second matchup between the Inferno and the Furies this season. Back in mid-November, points were hard to come by as both contests were extremely close as Toronto snuck out a 4-3 shootout victory and Calgary responded the following day as they blanked the Furies 2-0.
Calgary has been stingy on defense all year as they possess a league-best +21 goal differential and allowing just 18 goals against. The Furies meanwhile, have allowed the most goals in the league (47) and have scored the second fewest (19).
Leading the offensive charge for the Inferno this weekend will be sensational rookie Sophie Shirley, who leads the team with nine points and she averages just under one point per game. Alongside her, veteran forward Rhianna Kurio is having a good start to the season with a team-best five goals and Iya Gavrilova is enjoying a solid sophomore campaign, chipping in eight points as well. Patrolling the blueline will be defensive stalwarts Jacquie Pierri and Hayleigh Cudmore who have a +11 and +8 rating, respectively. Between the pipes, standout rookie Lindsey Post has looked impressive, posting a 1.77 Goals Against Average and a 0.917 Save Percentage, while collecting four victories.
On the other side, the Furies will look to forwards Carolyne Prevost and Emily Fulton to shoulder the load offensively, with Prevost recording seven points and Fulton lighting the lamp give times so far this season. Defensively, goalie Sonja van der Bliek will be tasked with stopping the Inferno attack. The Furies’ netminder as recorded two wins on the year to go along with a 2.91 Goals Against Average and a 0.914 Save Percentage.
Members of the Inferno will also attend Rogers Hometown Hockey at Genesis Place in Airdrie from noon to 1:30 pm on Saturday. Fans can get autographs and come play street hockey with the Inferno.
Saturday’s game will take place at the Stampede Corral down at Stampede Park with puck drop at 6:30 pm MST. The game is in support a good cause, the Calgary Food Bank, with a ‘turkey toss’ fundraiser sponsored by the Alberta Turkey Producers. Fans can bring a food donation or a $5 cash donation to enter and toss rubber turkeys to centre ice for a chance to with a prize pack from the Alberta Turkey Producers. Map to the Corral.
“We wish we could say that there was no need for a food bank and that there was no hunger in Calgary. Unfortunately, the need is still high and from our first-hand experience, we do not expect it to ease any time soon,” remarked Shawn Ogston on behalf of the Calgary Food Bank. “We know that Calgarians are still struggling and thanks to this campaign we will continue to ensure that no one goes hungry.”
Sunday’s game will see a quick turnaround with an 11:45 am MST start. That morning contest will take place in Carstairs, AB at the Carstairs Memorial Arena.