The Inferno split weekend in Toronto

The Inferno had an exciting weekend in Toronto, after losing in a shootout on Saturday, Calgary came back to win Sunday’s game against the Toronto Furies.

Saturday was a defensive battle. Toronto only took three penalties in the game and Calgary didn’t give their opponent any powerplay opportunities. Toronto’s Emily Fulton opened the scoring about five minutes into the first with an assist from Carlee Campbell. Calgary responded ten minutes later with Kelty Apperson’s second goal of the season, assisted by Erica Kromm and Kennedy Brown. Calgary would add one more to the board before the end of the first period. Defense Jacquie Pierri scored her second goal of the season with an assist to Taryn Baumgardt.

Calgary continued to pepper Toronto’s Sonja van der Bliek, who faced a total of 46 shots in the game, but didn’t add to the score in the second. Toronto’s Jess Vella evened the score in the second, assisted by Sydney Kidd.

The third period continued to be a battle as both teams tried to score the winning goal. Toronto again went up by one with a goal from Hayley Williams, assisted by Vella and Shannon Moulson. Calgary’s Brittany Esposito tied the game with 40 seconds left in the third period, assisted by Kromm and Iya Gavrilova.

A scoreless overtime led the teams to a shootout. Each goaltender faced five shooters. Esposito scored for Calgary and Fulton got one past Toni Ross who was in the pipes for Calgary. Julie Allen was the difference maker for Toronto who scored to give the Furies a 4-3 win.

Sunday’s game saw both teams come onto the ice still heated from Saturday’s close match. The first was scoreless, but with three penalties. Toronto continued with penalty trouble in the second period, taking a total of four penalties, one led to a powerplay goal from Calgary half way through the period by Rhiana Kurio, her fifth of the season assisted by Gavrilova and Katelyn Gosling. Calgary’s Esposito put one more up on the board with five minutes left in the period, assisted by Kromm and Dakota Woodworth.

The battle continued in the third period with three more penalties from Toronto and two on Calgary. However, no more goals were scored, and the game ended 2-0. Lindsey Post got her first shutout of her CWHL career, turning down all 15 of Toronto’s shots. Sonja van der Bliek played a great game again in net for Toronto, turning away 34 of Calgary’s 36 shots.

Calgary has next weekend off and will host the Boston Blades on November 25 & 26. The Inferno are still holding on to top spot in the league, two points ahead of Montreal.