Calgary, Alta (Feb.25) – Thanks to four unanswered goals in the third period, the Calgary Inferno came from behind to defeat the Boston Blades 4-3 and sweeping the season series between the two clubs. The win gives the Inferno 38 points on the season, tying them for first place in the standings with Montreal, who lost earlier Sunday to the Vanke Rays. Calgary is now three points clear of the second place Kunlun Red Star.
Calgary got an early opportunity with Boston in the box for tripping, but it was the Blades who capitalized with a shorthanded goal from Melissa Bizzari, assisted by Dru Burns, putting Boston up 1-0.
Boston stretched their lead to 2-0 on a powerplay goal from Kate Leary, assisted by Taylor Wasylk and Meghan Grieves. Leary had another chance to increase their lead when she was given a penalty shot, but couldn’t put it past Inferno goalie, Delayne Brian.
Calgary thought they had gotten on the board with just over five minutes left in the period when Elana Lovell batted the puck into the net, but it was waved off for a high stick.
Calgary finished the period with a clear advantage in shots at 17-8, but couldn’t solve Boston’s netminder Amanda Cariddi, and went into the locker room trailing the Blades 2-0.
Five minutes into the second period, Boston stretched their lead to 3-0 on a goal from Meghan Grieves from Melissa Bizzari and Kelly Kittredge.
Calgary peppered the Boston net with shots throughout the period, 11 in the second to Boston’s 4. But Cariddi continued to stand tall and took her shutout into the second intermission.
Calgary finally broke through at 7:32 of the third, with a powerplay goal from Sophie Shirley, assisted by Erica Kromm and Rhianna Kurio. Brittney Fouracres pulled the Inferno within one just over two minutes later on a goal assisted by Kayla Gardner. The Inferno connected on their next powerplay opportunity as well to tie the game 3-3. It was Brittany Esposito’s goal with assists from Iya Gavrilova and Louise Warren.
Calgary completed the comeback with 45 seconds left in the game with a goal scored by Katelyn Gosling, assisted by Fouracres and Gavrilova. Boston immediately pulled their goalie but was unable to tie the game, and the Inferno came away with the 4-3 victory.
“I’m very happy with the girls today, we knew what we were up against in the third period, and we came through,” said blue liner Gosling. “We felt like we had a good game. Boston had a really good game so it was a hard battle. We just kept doing what we were doing in the first and second, and it worked in the third.”
The Inferno are back in action on March 3 and 4 when they travel to Markham to take on the Thunder for a two-game set. Calgary’s You Can Play rainbow jerseys are now available on the online auction until March 4, calgaryinferno.ca/auction.
Three Stars of the Game
- Katelyn Gosling, Calgary Inferno
- Sophie Shirley, Calgary Inferno
- Amanda Cariddi, Boston Blades