The Calgary Inferno are set to play the next home game series this weekend against the Markham Thunder. The teams are close in the standings, with Markham one point ahead in second place at 3-1-2 and Calgary in third at 3-0-1. The Canadian Women’s Hockey League announced the relocation of the Brampton Thunder to the City of Markham in the summer of 2017 with great support from the community in the team’s new home.
The weekend games should be intense. Both teams have leaders that top the league’s scoring stats. The Thunder’s Jamie Lee Rattray has six points in six games. Calgary’s Iya Gavrilova and rookie Sophie Shirley are not far behind with five points apiece. Calgary’s own Rhianna Kurio and Louise Warren round off the top eight, followed closely in ninth by Markham’s Kristen Richards.
Calgary will be deciding whether to start Toni Ross or Lindsey Post after the starting goalie, Delayne Brian sustained an injury in practice on Tuesday. Erica Howe is a sure bet in net for the Thunder, leading the league with .32 goals against average.
The Inferno played against the Kunlun Red Star last weekend in the first home series of the season. The Kunlun Red Star beat the Inferno 4-3 in the first game with a buzzer beater during an intense OT battle. The Inferno made a comeback on Sunday, with a 4-1 victory.
Simultaneously, the Markham Thunder battled against the 2017 Clarkson Cup Champions, Les Canadiennes de Montreal. Both games ended with an OT win for Les Canadiennes. Markham Thunder has proved they are a force to be reckoned with this season.
This weekend’s series starts on Saturday, November 4, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at WinSport’s Joan Snyder Arena and the action continues Sunday at 12:15 p.m. at the Markin McPhail Arena. Tickets are available at the door and online. https://store.thecwhl.com/collections/calgary-inferno-tickets