Calgary, Alta – Dec. 9, 2018 – The Inferno had an excellent weekend on the road and won Saturday’s game against the home team Markham Thunder 3-1 and Sunday’s contest 7-2. These two wins bump the Inferno up to the top of the league, seven points ahead of second place Les Canadiennes Montreal and nine points ahead of the Thunder.
The success this weekend also moved Captain Rebecca Johnston into a league-leading 20 points and she is joined in the top ten standings by teammates Jenner, Decker, Leslie and Hickel.
Saturday night Jess Jones came out hoping for Markham and took advantage of a powerplay on a cross checking penalty from Brianne Jenner one minute and forty five seconds into the game. Jenner got even with a goal four minutes later with assists to Rebecca Leslie and Kelty Apperson. Jenner then scored again with three minutes remaining in the period to go up by one. Assists on her second goal of the game went to Leslie and Brigette Lacquette. The second period showed no change in the score board and neither team could capitalize on powerplay opportunities. With five minutes left in the game Zoe Hickel scored assisted by Decker and Johnston. The game ended 3-1 for the Inferno with Alex Rigsby making 22 saves for the Inferno and Erica Howe making 33 saves. Jenner, Hickel and Fortino were named as the three stars of the game.
Sunday’s game was exciting with many goals on the board. It was Markham who opened the scoring again three and a half minutes into the first on a goal from Jenna McParland and assisted by Laura Fortino. The rest of the period was a back and forth battle. Leslie scored for the Inferno to tie it up, then Victoria Bach scored for Markham to go up by one and Calgary’s Rebecca Johnston tied the game with less than a minute left in the period. In the second, it was Calgary’s Brianna Decker scored to put the Inferno up for the first time in the game. Leslie scored with five minutes left in the period and Jenner with two minutes left to go up 5-2. Leslie took two penalties in the period, but Markham did not take full advantage of their powerplay opportunities. Markham put in goaltender Erica Howe in the third, but Calgary’s defender Katelyn Gosling snuck one past her and Decker buried one more half way through the final period of play. Calgary scored five unanswered goals in the second half of the game and the final score was 7-2 for the visiting Inferno. Rigsby made 31 saves, Liz Knox made 14 saves, and Howe made 9 saves. Johnston, Leslie and Rigsby were named the stars of the game.
The Inferno will play their last games before the Christmas break next weekend. They host the fifth place Toronto Furies on December 15 at 7pm at the Gary W. Harris Canada Winter Games Centre in Red Deer and again on Sunday, December 16 at WinSport’s Joan Snyder Arena.