CALGARY (Jan. 12, 2019) The Calgary Inferno faced off against the Toronto Furies Saturday night in their fourth annual Start the Spark game in support of mental health awareness and the Do It for Daron (DIFD) initiative.
Members of the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre (SKCAC) and ticket sponsors of the game, HMC Lawyers were on hand for the ceremonial puck drop. Retired Inferno player Jessica Campbell who started the team’s annual event four years ago was also on hand for the puck drop. This was also a special night for Calgary Inferno’s Rebecca Leslie who started the DIFD initiative with teammates eight years ago, shortly after her friend Daron Richardson committed suicide at the age of fourteen.
“Do it for Daron is an amazing cause and the biggest thing is talking about it and anyone can be helpful in any single way and I think that being supportive to talk about any type mental health issue is the biggest thing, and it’s really great to be able to be on the ice today and supporting that cause,” said Calgary defender and third star of the game Kacey Bellamy.
The Inferno took three penalties in the first period, with Toronto unable to capitalize on any of their powerplays. With five minutes left in the first period, Brianne Jenner buried the puck in the back of the net, assisted by Brigette Laquette, giving the Inferno a 1-0 lead after one period. Shots on net were 14-4 in favour of the Inferno.
Kelty Apperson scored half-way through the second period, assisted by Lacquette and Jenner, giving the Inferno a 2-0 lead. Late in the second period Sarah Nurse went to the penalty box for slashing and the Inferno’s Bellamy scored, assisted by Blayre Turnbull and Zoe Hickel, giving the Inferno a 3-0 lead headed into the third period. Shots on net were 22-6 in favour of the Inferno.
The Inferno scored early in the third period, but the goal was disallowed for a high sticking call. Inferno’s Katelynn Gosling scored with five minutes left in the period, assisted by Rebecca Johnston and Bellamy, giving the Inferno a 4-0 lead. With 2:45 left in the third period the Toronto Furies, Renata Fast managed to find the back of the net beating Annie Belanger top shelf, making the score 4-1. Shots were 54-20 in favour of the Inferno. Belanger saved 19-20 shots and the Toronto Furies Shea Tiley saved 50-54 shots.
“[It was a] huge team win for us, everyone was involved, everyone was playing, we were was so positive and we had a blast,” said Bellamy.
3 stars of the game:
- Brianne Jenner, Calgary Inferno
- Shea Tiley, Toronto Furies
- Kacey Bellamy, Calgary Inferno
The Inferno are back in action tomorrow in Okotoks at the Pason Centennial Arean, against Toronto. Puck drops at 12 p.m, tickets are available at the door or visit https://www.showpass.com/o/calgary-inferno/