CWHL teams continue to jockey for playoff position as Inferno give up two games in Markham

CALGARY (March 3, 2018) – The Calgary Inferno were defeated in both their games against Markham this weekend, ending their four-game winning streak and falling to third place in the league standings. Calgary lost Saturday’s game 5-1 and Sunday 4-1, a hard-fought battle against Markham who is determined to clinch the fourth and final playoff spot.

In other Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) action, Kunlun defeated Montreal in both games of their two-game series last week. Kunlun then got more points in the win column against Vanke on Sunday, advancing two spots in league standings and now with 41 points. Montreal also has 41 points, Calgary sits in third with 38 and Markham is in fourth with 31 points.

The Thunder had a strong start in Saturday’s game, scoring two goals in the first period. Jenna McParland and Kristen Richards each scored a goal for the Thunder. Katelyn Gosling stood out for Calgary by scoring the only goal in the second period, assisted by Brianne Jenner and Dakota Woodworth. Finishing strong in the third, the Thunder capitalized on three more scoring opportunities. Jocelyne Larocque, back on the team after a silver medal in Korea, scored within the first five minutes. With three minutes of play left in the third, Jamie Lee Rattray found the net. Megan Bozek fed off that momentum and scored with only 10 seconds left in the third. Lindsey Post was in net for the Inferno and Erica Howe made 29 saves for the Thunder.

Sunday’s game was quite similar, the final score was 4-1 for the Thunder. The first period was uneventful; however, within the first minute of play in the second period, Markham’s Megan Bozek scored. Laura McIntosh scored Markham’s second goal. The third period was an exciting one, with Nicole Brown scoring a third goal for Markham. Megan Bozek capitalized on another opportunity and score her second goal of the game, making the score 4-0 for Markham. With two minutes to go, Sophie Shirley got the Inferno on the scoreboard with help from Iya Gavrilova. Delayne Brian was between the post for Calgary while Liz Knox sealed the win for Markham. .

The battle for the CWHL playoff standings will continue with the final games of the regular season next weekend. The Inferno hope for a positive outcome in Montreal on Saturday, March 10 and Sunday, March 11.