Calgary, Alta (Feb.23) – The Inferno are back in action after the Olympic break and look to keep rolling as they host the Boston Blades for two games this weekend. These are the final two games between the Inferno and the Blades this year, and Calgary’s final regular season home games. Calgary has already won the season series between these two teams, having gone 4-0 in their previous games. They’ll be looking for the season sweep this weekend.
February 24 will be a special night as the Inferno will wear rainbow jerseys in support of You Can Play (YCP). These jerseys will be auctioned off over the week after the game with proceeds from the auction going to YCP. The link will be share on the Inferno website and social media once it’s live. Other special events in conjunction with the game include Fiasco Gelato onsite serving free gelato samples, free One Team rainbow shoe laces, pride tape available for a donation to YCP and a “Take a Stand” booth for fans to show their support.
“YCP is all about inclusion in sport. It’s about being an ally to LGBTQ athletes and ensuring that all participants in the game are judged by work ethic, talent and heart, not sexual orientation and/or gender identity,” commented the YCP lead from the Inferno, Captain Erica Kromm. “In our locker room and on the ice, we want our teammates to feel like they can be who they truly are. For us, this game is about accepting one another and playing for one another. That means working hard, working smart, and executing the game plan. With this game, we hope to spread that message of inclusion and support to those outside of our team.”
Calgary went into the Olympic break after completing their lone trip to China this season to visit the Vanke Rays and Kunlun Red Star. They collected seven of a possible eight points on the trip, their only loss coming in a shootout to Vanke in the second game of the trip.
Calgary is in the thick of the playoff race, they are currently sitting third in league standings with 34 points. Calgary is one point behind second place Kunlun who have 35 points, and they are four points behind league leader Montreal at 38 points. This weekend is a chance for Calgary to tighten up their hold on one of the four playoff spots, and to try and make up ground between them and those two teams ahead of them. Montreal travels to China next week, and the result of those match ups will impact the playoff standings.
“We need to keep taking it one shift at a time. At this point, we are only looking as far ahead as Saturday’s game against Boston. Every game is a playoff game from here on out. Staying focused in the moment to execute our game plan will be crucial,” added Kromm.
The Inferno have been strong at both ends of the ice. They boast the league’s second-best offence, with 82 goals for on the season. Calgary’s offence is led by Brittany Esposito with 22 points (14G 8A), followed by Iya Gavrilova at 19 points (6G 13A), and Louise Warren rounding out the top three with 17 points (7G 10A) on the season. Esposito’s 22 points has her sitting 12th in league scoring, while her 14 goals are good for sixth. Between the pipes, Lindsey Post continues her strong rookie season. She is third in goals against average (1.98), fourth in save percentage (0.922), and has posted two shutouts on the season.
On the other side, Boston’s leading scorer is Kate Leader with six goals and seven assists for 13 points on the season. Boston has a 1-18-3 record for the season, and currently sits in the last place in the league standings.
Puck drop for Saturday’s game is at 5:00pm and Sunday’s game goes at 12:30pm. Both games are at WinSport Arena A.