CALGARY, Alta. (March 9, 2019) – The Calgary Inferno evened the series at one game apiece with a dominant 3-0 win against the Toronto Furies on Saturday night.
Needing a win from a 3-1 loss on Friday, the Inferno came out strong. They out-chanced the Furies, but couldn’t capitalize in a scoreless first period. Shots at the end of the first frame were 10-4 in favour of the Inferno.
“I thought today was one of the best team victories we’ve had all year. It was an unbelievable game on both sides and I just thought it was a great hockey game to be part of,” commented defender and second star of the game Kacey Bellamy.
The Inferno kept up the pressure during a physical second period. The teams exchanged power play opportunities; however, neither was able to find the back of the net. The Inferno outshot the Furies 12-2 in the period, and total shots were 22-6 after two.
With the game tied at 0 and their season on the line, the Inferno came out flying in the third period. Finally solving Furies goalie Shea Tiley, Rebecca Johnston buried the puck off a tip in front of the net five minutes into the period, assisted by Kacey Bellamy and Katelyn Gosling. The Inferno increased their lead to 2-0 at 13:46 when Blayre Turnbull buried a rebound in front of the net, assisted by Rebecca Leslie. Brianne Jenner put the game out of reach with an empty netter in the final seconds. Shots were 42-13 in favour of the Inferno after three. Tiley made an impressive 39 saves, while Alex Rigsby earned the win in a shutout.
“We have to bring the same energy [tomorrow], it was a do or die game today, so we have to bring that same mentality to give us a chance to play for the Clarkson Cup,” added Bellamy.
3 Stars of the Game:
- Rebecca Johnston, Inferno
- Kacey Bellamy, Inferno
- Shea Tiley, Furies
The Inferno will be back Sunday at 12:00 p.m. MT to close out this series at WinSport Arenas. The winner of the March 10 game will be heading to the Clarkson Cup in Toronto on March 24, 2019. The league’s other playoff series, the Markham Thunder and Montreal Les Canadiennes is also heading into a tie breaker tomorrow in Montreal.