CALGARY (Jan. 13, 2019) After winning 4-1 Saturday night the Calgary Inferno played Sunday’s match against the Toronto Furies in Okotoks though came up short with a 3-0 loss. The Inferno are still in first place in the league with 33 points and with a split this weekend against Shenzen, second place Montreal has 31 points.
Roy Bowlby, the Vice President of Coach and Player Development for the Okotoks Minor Hockey Association was on hand for the puck drop in acknowledgement of bringing the CWHL game to the town.
The first period started slow. Half way into the period the Furies Carolyne Prevost took a roughing penalty, but the Inferno weren’t able to put one past Elaine Chuli in net. The Inferno’s Eden Murray went to the box for hooking with three minutes left in the period but was joined by Jess Vella of the Furies with a minute and a half left. After a minute of even strength play and a short powerplay for both teams neither scored. Shots were 10-8 for the Furies after the first.
The Inferno started the second period on a powerplay but didn’t score in their 30 second advantage. Half way through the second, Furies Renata Fast put one over the shoulder of goaltender Lindsey Post on an assist from Prevost. Neither team scored again in the second. Shots in the period were 15-20 for the Furies.
14 seconds into the third period Shannon Stewart scored on a pass from Natalie Spooner. At 10:49 Lacquette took a penalty for elbowing though the Inferno were able to kill the penalty. With six minutes left in the game Jordon Hampton got a tripping penalty though the Inferno came up short on their third and final powerplay of the game. The Inferno pulled Post with a minute left but couldn’t get one past Chuli who ended up with the first star in the game.
Shots were 29-26 for the furies.
There is a league break next weekend for the CWHL All-Star Game. The game is in Toronto at the Scotiabank Centre on Sunday January 20 at 1:30 pm EST. Nine of Calgary Inferno will be headed to the game led by All-Star Captain as voted by the fans, Brigette Lacquette. Players include goaltender Alex Rigsby, defense Kacey Bellamy, Halli Kryzaniak, forwards Brianna Decker, Zoe Hickel, Brianne Jenner, Rebecca Johnston, and Blayre Turnbull.
“It will be an exciting weekend to play with an against some of the league’s best competitors,” remarked Inferno Captain Rebecca Johnston. “We’re looking forward to what should be a great game.”
The Inferno will be back in Calgary on January 22 for a game against the visiting Shenzen Vanke Rays. The game starts at 7:45 pm MST at the Crowchild Twin Arenas.
Three Stars of the Game:
- Elaine Chuli, Toronto Furies
- Renata Fast, Toronto Furies
- Natalie Spooner, Toronto Furies