After spending two weekends at home, the Calgary Inferno are set to head east where they’ll face the Toronto Furies for their first match up of the season. The Inferno are currently leading the standings with a 5-0-1 record and 11 points. The Furies, on the other hand, have a 2-2-0 record on the season.
The Inferno are coming off a successful weekend against the Markham Thunder where they won both games and have now beaten the Thunder 17 straight times on home-ice. Their Sunday game was their largest margin of victory against the Thunder with a 7-2 win.
The Furies had a weekend of rest this past week. Their last matchup was versus the Vanke Rays where they went 1-1-0.
The Inferno goaltending leader this season, Delayne Brian, is out with an injury, so the Inferno may be looking to go with rookie Lindsey Post, who won the CWHL’s ADT Canada’s goalie of the week this past week. She went 2-0-0 against the Thunder this past weekend stopping 41 of 44 shots. She’s currently 2-0-1 on the season and posts a 0.910 save percentage.
“It was a great feeling to receive the goalie of the week since this league has so much talent. Each week it could really go to anyone of the nominees,” remarked Post. “I think this honour is a reflection of our team as a whole from this past weekend, and how committed we have been to our game and systems. We played two solid games against a tough team. Everyone played their role extremely well which led to our success.”
The Furies may be looking to start Sami Jo Small who had an impressive 36-save performance against the Furies 3-2 win against the Rays. Small has only played in one game so far this season, but posts a 0.947 save-percentage.
On the offensive end of the ice, the Inferno have five players in the top 10 in league scoring. 18-year-old rookie Sophie Shirley leads the team with seven points, which is tied for sixth in the league. She has points in four of the six games the Inferno have played and three of those games were multi-point games. Rhianna Kurio and Louise Warren aren’t far behind, with six points in six games. Their four goals each are tied for third in the league in goals. Kurio, who’s on a five-game point-streak, had a career-high goal total in the CWHL which came in 2014-15 with five goals in 20 games. She’s projected to beat that this year, possibly within the weekend. Warren also has a career-high goal total in the CWHL of five goals and she’s also projected to beat that.
Furies’ Jenna Dingeldein leads the Furies with her one goal and three points. Dingeldein had a two-point night against the Furies 3-2 win over the Rays. The Furies have been shut out twice in their four games of the season and seem to be having trouble with offensive production, scoring just five goals in four games. The Inferno, on the other hand, have 25 goals in six games which leads the league in goals-for. They also have the best goal-differential in the league, with +14.
“Leading up to Toronto we are preparing by looking over video individually to see how we can improve our own game,” added Post. “We focused a lot on rejuvenating our legs and preparing for the travel this weekend.”
Both teams are also having some difficulties with their powerplays, the Inferno posting an 11.1 powerplay percentage and the Furies posting a 10.5 powerplay percentage. The Inferno have just three goals on 27 powerplay opportunities while the Furies have two of their five goals from 19 PP opportunities. The Furies, however, have the edge with their penalty-kill over the Inferno, allowing just two powerplay goals against on 18 times shorthanded. The Inferno have allowed five goals against on 21 times shorthanded.
The teams have their work cut out for them as they start mid-season play.