CALGARY, AB – Saturday evening marked the first meeting of the season between the Toronto Furies and the defending Clarkson Cup Champions, Calgary Inferno. It also marked the return of those players who competed at the Four Nations Cup for Hockey Canada.
With the CWHL celebrating it’s 10th Season, Saturday also marked the first of five Heritage Games of the celebratory 2016-2017 season. Prior to the Inferno’s inaugural season in 2011-2012, professional women’s hockey in Alberta operated under the Western Women’s Hockey League (WWHL). Alberta teams in the WWHL included the Calgary Oval X-Treme, Edmonton Chimos and Strathmore Rockies. The Inferno celebrated their history by welcoming back players from these teams who helped shaped their future and lay the groundwork for where the team currently sits today.
The visiting Furies got on the scoreboard first at the 5:39 mark when Natalie Spooner entered the Inferno zone with the puck and moved it to Carlee Campbell at the point who found an open Jenelle Kohanchuk in front for the easy tap in, the lead and her first of the season.
The Furies would start the second period on the power play but it would lead to an Inferno goal and a tied game when Bailey Bram broke past the Furies defender and found the back of the net with a shorthanded marker at the 1:39 mark giving her her first of the season. With just over five minutes left in the second period, Brigette Lacquette would get her first of the season off a pass from Brianne Jenner to give the Inferno their first lead of the game. Also assisting on the play was Blayre Turnbull.
Shots after two periods were 25 – 13 in favour of the Inferno.
Heading into the final frame, Toronto took control of the game as they pushed to tie it up. Their opportunity would come on the power play at the 10:10 mark when Michela Cava (3) found the back of the next. Assisting on the play were Spooner and Kohanchuk. Despite out shooting the Inferno 10 – 4 in the third, the score would remain tied as the teams prepared to head into overtime.
Haley Irwin was the overtime hero, scoring at the 3:53 mark of the extra frame to give the Inferno the win and improving to 5-0-0 on the season. Assisting on the winning goal were Turnbull and Lacquette.
Toronto and Calgary will face off again tomorrow morning at WinSport. Puck drop is set for 10:30 am.
Final Shots: CLG 32 TOR 27
3. Jenelle Kohanchuk (1G ; 1A)
2. Bridgette Lacquette (1G ; 1A)
- Haley Irwin (1G)