CALGARY, Alta (Nov. 18) – The Inferno come back fiery hot after the league wide break for the Four Nations Cup tournament in their first face-off against the Toronto Furies, in Toronto.
It was a weekend of firsts for both the Inferno and Furies players. Calgary’s Rebecca Johnston earned her 100th career point in the CWHL and Brittany Howard scored her first CWHL goal.
On Saturday the Inferno dominated the Furies with a 7-4 win and Sunday defeated them 3-2.
On Saturday the Toronto Furies Natalie Spooner scored first, unassisted. The Inferno were quick to respond, with Venla Hovi tying the score 1-1, assisted by Brianne Jenner and Brigette Lacquette. Kacey Bellamy and Rebecca Leslie made a beautiful passing play, setting up Rebecca Johnston perfectly. Giving the Inferno a 2-1 lead after 20 minutes.
Toronto’s Shian Darkangelo was first on the scoreboard again just two minutes into the second period, assisted by Brittany Howard. Jenner and Lacquette get back at it with another pretty passing play to set up Blayre Turnbull, to give the Inferno a 3-2 lead. The Inferno’s Brianna Decker scored 7 minutes later assisted by Bellamy and Johnston for a 4-2 lead after 40 minutes.
The Inferno turned up the heat in the third period. Turnbull scored three minutes into the third period assisted by Johnston and Decker with Johnston earning her 100th point with the CWHL. Two and a half minutes later Katelyn Gosling scored to give the Inferno a 6-2 lead, assisted by Louise Warren. Calgary’s Halli Kryzaniak headed to the box for body-checking, which gave the Furies an opportunity to capitalize on the powerplay. Brittany Howard scored her first CWHL goal on the powerplay assisted by Sarah Nurse and Spooner. Calgary’s Rebecca Leslie was quick to respond, giving the Inferno a 7-3 lead assisted by Zoe Hickel and Rebecca Johnston. But the Furies wouldn’t go down without a fight, getting the last goal of the game with just 30 seconds left on the clock. Sarah Nurse scored assisted by Howard. Annie Belanger played in net Saturday for the Inferno saving 19-22 shots on net. Shea Tiley started in net for the Furies saving 16-21 shots, before she was replaced in the third period by Elaine Chuli who saved seven of nine shots on net.
Sunday’s game was just as heated as Saturday’s game. The Inferno’s Jenner scored first assisted by Blayre Turnbull and Brigette Lacquette, giving the Inferno a 1-0 lead. Kryzaniak assisted Jenner in scoring her second of the game to give the Inferno a 2-0 lead after two periods.
Toronto’s Emily Fulton opened the scoring in the second period assisted by Spooner, cutting the Inferno’s lead in half. But the Inferno wouldn’t have any of that, Rebecca Johnston scored under a minute later, assisted by Rebecca Leslie allowing the Inferno to keep their two-goal lead. Six minutes later, Nurse scored assisted by Spooner and Howard, 3-2 after two-periods.
The third period remained scoreless with Belanger making stopping a shorthanded breakaway to keep the Inferno on top, defeating the Furies 3-2, outshooting them 32-27.
Elain Chuli started in net for the Furies on Sunday, saving 26-29 shots.
The Inferno are back in action this weekend in Calgary against Montreal. Puck drops Saturday 7:30 pm and Sunday at 10:30 am at WinSport, to buy tickets visit our website visit: https://www.showpass.com/o/calgary-inferno/