Calgary, Alta – Dec.16, 2018 – The Calgary Inferno faced off against the Toronto Furies Sunday morning at WinSport in Calgary. After a loss Saturday to the Furies 4-1 in Red Deer, at Female Hockey Day, the Inferno came to play with a vengeance. The Inferno won the game 6-0 to secure first place in the league, three points ahead of the next closest Les Canadiennes de Montreal.
The Inferno were first to score in the first period on the powerplay. Toronto Furies Julia Fedeski went to the box for delay of game. Kacey Bellamy was able to capitalize on the powerplay, assisted by Rebecca Johnston and Katelyn Gosling. Minutes later Renata Fast took a penalty for body checking giving the Inferno another powerplay opportunity. The Inferno had a great tic-tac-toe passing play on the powerplay that almost gave the Inferno the lead, but Gosling couldn’t bury the puck. Soon after Brigette Lacquette headed to the penalty box, two minutes for holding. The Furies almost tied the game, with a rebound in front but it was called off. The Inferno were able to increase their lead to two goals, with Brianna Decker scoring assisted by Johnston and Bellamy with three minutes left in the game. After one period of play the Inferno led 2-0, shots on goal were 14-7 in favour of the Inferno.
Decker, Johnston and Hickel one of the Inferno’s top lines played well tonight with eight points in the game.
“We just got familiar with each other and we obviously play with a lot of great players from our national teams and it’s been great, she [Rebecca Johnston] moves the puck really well, same as Zoey [Hickel], it’s been pretty easy playing with them,” said Brianna Decker.
The second period started with Renata Fast in the penalty box for tripping, The Furies successfully killed the penalty, but just seconds after they were at even strength Gosling scored unassisted, increasing the Inferno’s lead to 3-0. Toronto Furies’ Mackenzie MacNeil had a break-away opportunity but couldn’t put one past Annie Belanger. Brianna Decker headed to the penalty box for tripping, giving the Furies a powerplay opportunity. The Inferno successfully killed the penalty. Just seconds after the Inferno were at even strength, Brianne Jenner found the back of the net assisted by Kaitlin Willoughby, giving the Inferno a 4-0 lead over Toronto. Just over a minute later, with three minutes left in the period Johnston scored earning her second point of the game, assisted by Decker and Bellamy, giving the Inferno a 5-0 lead. After that goal Toronto changed their goalie and put Shea Tiley in net. Elaine Chulie saved 21-26 shots. After two periods shots on net were 26-14 in favour of the Inferno.
The third Period started with the Inferno taking a penalty, Blayre Turnbull was sent to the box for body checking. It remained fairly uneventful until halfway through the period when the Inferno’s Brianne Jenner scored assisted by Brigette Lacquette, giving the Inferno a 6-0 lead. The remainder of the third period would remain scoreless for both teams with the Inferno winning 6-0. Shots on net were 38-21 in favour of the Inferno. Shea Tiley made 11 saves on 12 shots and the Calgary Inferno’s goalie Annie Belanger saved all 21 shots for a shutout.
3 stars of the game:
- Brianna Decker, Calgary Inferno
- Rebecca Johnston, Calgary Inferno
- Katelyn Gosling, Calgary Inferno
Today’s video highlights are available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZVmisXqOPF8
The Inferno are finished for the Christmas break and will be back in action Saturday, January 5 in Markham. The next home game will be Saturday January 12, 2019 against Toronto. Puck drops at 8 p.m. at WinSport. Tickets are available at the door or at https://www.showpass.com/o/calgary-inferno/