Calgary, Alta (Jan. 7) After dropping Saturday’s game to Montreal 2-1 in a shootout, the Inferno dropped a 3-0 decision and the series to les Canadiennes on Sunday morning. Montreal’s two wins this weekend boost them to the top of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) standings, Calgary is three points behind in second and the Kunlun Red Star a point behind that in third.
Despite a rough weekend on the ice, the Inferno’s contributions in the community continue. Over $3,000 was raised from Saturday’s Keep the Beat fundraiser in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, taking the four-year total to over $16,000 for the cause.
In Sunday’s game, Montreal’s goals were scored by Erin Ambrose, Katia Clement-Heydra and Ann-Sophie Bettez.
Montreal came out hard in the first and took a 1-0 lead on a goal from Erin Ambrose. It was Ambrose’s first goal of the season, and her first with Montreal since being traded from the Toronto Furies in December. Less than two minutes later they stretched their lead to 2-0 on a goal from Katia Clement-Heydra.
It looked like Calgary had scored on their second power play of the period, but the goal was waved off. Despite a later 5-3 power play, the Inferno weren’t able to break through Emerance Maschmeyer, and went into the dressing room at the end of the first trailing 2-0. Shots on goal for the period were 17-4 in favour of les Canadiennes.
The parade to the penalty box continued in the second period for Montreal, with les Canadiennes going shorthanded four times in the middle frame. Despite being on the advantage for eight minutes in the second, the Inferno weren’t able capitalize on their chances.
Montreal had their own chances on the power play with Dakota Woodworth getting called for interference and Iya Gavrilova taking a cross checking penalty in the period. Lindsey Post and Calgary’s penalty kill held strong, and were able to keep the score at 2-0 after 40 minutes. With all the time on the power play, the run of play heavily favoured the Inferno in the second period, with shots in the period finishing 16-5 for Calgary.
Calgary pushed for the comeback in the third, but couldn’t break through, and Montreal sealed the win late in the third with a goal from their captain, Ann-Sophie Bettez. Maschmeyer got her third shutout of the season, and her first against her former team.
Inferno goalie, Lindsey Post, stopped 30 of 33 shots against. She says the outcome was disappointing, but seeing so many shots is helpful. “It definitely helped me settle down into my game. When you get more shots, you get your head in the game, and you just start playing and stop overthinking everything when you get peppered with a lot of shots.”
Post went on to say the team needs to take advantage of the chances they get. “We need to start bearing down on the chances that we do get. Montreal capitalized pretty early on their chances, and then they were able to continue with that momentum. So, we need to bear down earlier and start right from the get-go in the first period.”
The Inferno are off next week. They return to action on January 20 and 21, when they play host to the Vanke Rays. It is the first and only visit Vanke is making to Calgary this season.
Three Stars of the Game
- Erin Ambrose, Montreal
- Lindsey Post, Calgary
- Emerance Maschmeyer, Montreal