CALGARY, ALTA – MARCH 5, 2019 – Finishing the season in the top spot in the league, the Calgary Inferno will host the fourth place Toronto Furies in the CWHL playoffs this weekend at WinSport. Calgary finished the regular season against the Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays in China, sweeping all three games, with one overtime win and two wins in regulation.
“We are very excited to have clinched first place in the regular season and starting our first round of playoffs this coming weekend. It will be a great weekend of hockey and we expect Toronto to play a fast, physical game against us. We want to focus on playing our game. Using our speed on the big ice, creating a lot of offence and focusing on the little details in the defensive zone,” said captain Rebecca Johnston, the Inferno’s leading point scorer.
Johnston finished the season in third place in the league with 39 points, with Calgary’s Brianne Jenner is close behind in fifth place with 32 points. On the opposite bench, Toronto’s top point scorer Natalie Spooner sits eighth overall with 26 points on the season.
Toronto won their final five games of their season, beating Worcester and Markham to clinch fourth place, with 14 wins, one above the Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays.Toronto’s netminders were on fire for the last few games of the season. Elaine Chuli faced 23 shots stopping 22 and Shea Tiley saved 41 shots, only allowing two goals.
Calgary’s goalie Alex Rigsby has a 2.04 goals against average and a .916 save percentage, good for second spot in the league behind Montreal’s Emerance Maschmeyer.
Toronto and Calgary have faced off six times this season with Calgary coming out on top in four of the six games. Two of the weekend series were split, so the series will guarantee to have some physical battles on the ice.
The first game kicks off Friday (Mar. 8) at 8:00 p.m. with the second game starting Saturday (Mar. 9) at 6:45 p.m. with a third game scheduled for 12 p.m. Sunday if needed. All games will be held at Winsport Arena A.
The winner of this series will advance to play either Les Canadiennes Montreal or the defending Champion Markham Thunder in the league final game for the Clarkson Cup title on Sunday, March 24 at 12 p.m. ET at the Coca-Cola Coliseum in Toronto.
Tickets to all games are available online or at the door. https://www.showpass.com/o/calgary-inferno/
Players and coaches are available for media interviews this week upon request.