Calgary, Alta – With one overtime win and one loss in Montreal this weekend the Inferno will be guaranteed to host a playoff series at home.
The final score in Saturday’s game was 5-4. Calgary opened the scoring with a goal by Katelyn Gosling, assists to Brianne Jenner and Iya Gavrilova. Montreal responded with three more goals in the period. Calgary got another in the second, Jessica Campbell from Blayre Turnbull. Montreal responded with four minutes left in the second though Calgary got one more goal on a powerplay before the end of the period, scored by Rebecca Johnston with assists to Haley Irwin and Meaghan Mikkelson. Calgary’s Jill Saulnier tied the scored at four half way through the last period with a second assist to each Gavrilova and Jenner on the night. The game went into overtime and Calgary’s Jenner buried one past Catherine Herron with an assist to her Team Canada teammate Brigette Lacquette; a true team effort by the Inferno.
Sunday’s battle was a different story. Montreal opened the scoring a couple minutes into the game, but Calgary responded just over half way through the first with another goal from Iya Gavrilova with assists to Sarah Davis and Meaghan Mikkelson. That was the only goal Calgary would secure, Montreal scored one more in the first period and then two more in the third for a 4-1 final. Emerance Maschmeyer in net for Calgary and Herron played both games in the weekend and in Sunday’s match faced 23 shots each.
Calgary and Montreal are now two and two on their first four games against eachother. The two teams will meet once more in the regular season in Calgary, February 18-19. Calgary goes to Toronto next weekend to take on the fourth place Furies.