CALGARY, Alta (Nov. 25, 2018) After an important 4-2 win over the Montreal Les Canadiennes on Saturday night, the Inferno picked up a late-period goal Sunday morning to win the weekend series 2-0. The Inferno dominated the action, outshooting Les Canadiennes 2-1 for the majority of the game.
“We knew first place was on the line and so we were trying to bring some intensity to practice to make sure we were ready for the game. There’s a huge rivalry between the two teams, both teams are feisty and really want to win so we knew it was going to be a battle,” stated Inferno’s game winning goal scorer Blayre Turnbull.
Despite outshooting Montreal 12-7 in the first twenty minutes, Calgary ended up with a 2-0 deficit at the end of the first. Kaitlin Willoughby narrowly missed a shot early in the game that would have given her the opening goal in both games of the weekend’s series. Montreal ended up in the box twice with penalties on Tracy-Ann Lavigne for slashing and Erin Ambrose for cross-checking but the Inferno were unable to take advantage of either power-play. Montreal’s penalty-kill denied them both times owing in large part to starting netminder Emerance Maschmeyer’s superb goaltending.
The Inferno continued their onslaught on former teammate Maschmeyer in the second period, outshooting Montreal 13-5. Calgary’s Kacey Bellamy took a two-minute penalty a minute-and-a-half into the start of the period. Despite the powerhouse Montreal power play line of Melodie Daoust, Marie-Philip Poulin and Erin Ambrose, the Inferno’s Brianne Jenner set up Halli Krzyzaniak for a shorthanded goal to lessen the deficit. On the scoreboard, the reignited Inferno tied it up shortly after with an unassisted goal by Zoe Hickel.
Tied 2-2 headed into the third, both teams ramped up the intensity as they looked for the win. The first penalty came early with a body checking call on Montreal forward Kim Deschenes with the Inferno’s Brigette Lacquette picking up an interference penalty midway through the period. Neither team was able to capitalize on the power play. Melodie Daoust was helped off the ice by her teammates late in the third with a game-ending injury. Plenty of opportunities arose for Calgary as the third progressed and the game looked to be headed toward overtime. But, with 25 seconds left on the clock Calgary’s Blayre Turnbull fired on net, set up by Rebecca Leslie and Krzyzaniak, and scored the game-winner.
“I think creating traffic out front is how you beat a goalie as good as Maschmeyer. Everone knows it’s really tough to score on the first shot so you have to really crash the net and bring home your second or third opportunity,” remarked the first star of the game, Turnbull. “We just had some pressure in the zone and Hali made a nice shot off the end boards and we were able to bang in the goal.”
The 3-2 win let the Calgary Inferno hang on to their top spot in the CWHL standings, three points ahead of the Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays.
Inferno goaltender Alex Rigsby stopped 18 of 20 shots on goal while Maschmeyer blocked an impressive 29 of 32.
- Blayre Turnbull, Inferno
- Zoe Hickel, Inferno
- Emerance Maschmeyer, Les Canadiennes
The Inferno are back in action Saturday, Dec. 1 at the Max Bell arena. The puck drops on the weekend series against the Markham Thunder at 5 p.m.