Toronto wins the first playoff game against the home Inferno

CALGARY, Alta. (March 8, 2019) – The Toronto Furies capitalized on their chance to take a 1-0 series lead against the Inferno on Friday night.

It was a tentative but physical opening for both teams. Though the Inferno outshot the Furies 13-5 in the first period, the game remained scoreless. The Inferno applied pressure at the end of the period, and that carried through into the second.

Brigette Lacquette opened the scoring at 1:40 into the second frame with a seeing-eye shot from the point assisted by Rebecca Leslie. Though the Inferno kept up the intensity, it was Toronto’s Natalie Spooner who evened the score at 9:08 in the period on a two-on-one break, assisted by Carolyne Prevost and Julia Fedeski. Halfway through the period Venla Hovi took a body-checking penalty, and the Furies capitalized on the opportunity just 17 seconds later, with Spooner netting her second of the night. The Inferno ran into further penalty trouble late in the period. They managed to kill off Lacquette’s first penalty for holding, soon after Zoe Hickel took a cross-checking penalty and Lacquette took a two-and-10 minute misconduct for boarding less than a minute later, giving the Furies a lengthy five-on-three going into the third. The shot clock was 21-14 for the Inferno after two.

Early in the third, with just two seconds remaining in Hickel’s penalty, Sarah Nurse scored assisted by Spooner and Mellissa Channell, increasing the Furies’ lead to 3-1. Toward the end of the third Renata Fast and Kacey Bellamy took offsetting roughing penalties in addition to a previous call on Fast for holding. The Inferno kept up pressure with a six on four advantage but failed to capitalize on their chances. Calgary outshot the Furies 34 -18. Calgary’s Alex Rigsby made 15 saves on 18 shots while Toronto’s Shea Tiley earned the win, saving 33 of 34.

3 Stars of the Game

  1. Natalie Spooner, Furies
  2. Shea Tiley, Furies
  3. Brianna Decker, Inferno

The Inferno will look to even the series on Saturday for game two. Puck drop is at 6:45 p.m. MT at WinSport Arena A. Game three, if needed, will be played Sunday at 12:00 pm MT. Saturday’s game will be streamed live on www.thecwhl.com

Highlights from tonight’s game are available at: http://toronto.thecwhl.com/watch-live

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