The Toronto Furies split their games against the top seeded Calgary Inferno for the third weekend in a row.
The top seeded Calgary Inferno came into Toronto thinking they had an easy 4 points on their hands, but the Furies would have something to say about that.
Game One – November 11th
Toronto got out to a quick start with #17 Emily Fulton putting a slippery goal past the Inferno just 5 minutes into the game. Toronto would keep the momentum up adding a couple missed opportunities off the crossbar. It wasn’t until the 14 minute mark that Calgary’s Apperson would put one past Van der Bliek to tie the game at 1-1. Momentum shifted and it was all Calgary after that. Calgary put another one away with just 1 minute left on the clock to take the lead 2-1 going into the second.
The second period saw a tennis match, strong back and forth action from both clubs. The Inferno would go to the power play for the second time of the night, but it was the Furies penalty killers that would get the accolades. The Furies would shut down all 3 power play opportunities by the Inferno for the night. The Furies #12 Jessica Vella would snap her first goal of the season past goaltender Ross to tie the game at 2 a piece. Both teams would battle hard finishing off the second period with a 2-2 tie.
The Inferno were back on their heels to start the third. It was all Furies out of the gate. Miss opportunities on the Calgary side lead to an opportunity for the Furies. Free Agent Hayley Williams would bury her first CWHL goal at the 11 minute mark giving the Furies the go ahead lead. With the Inferno staring at their first ever regulation lost they picked it up and controlled the last 5 minutes of play. Opportunity after opportunity for the Inferno and Van Der Bliek standing on her head and the Furies thinking the W was in the bag – Infernos Esposito sneaks one by with just 2 seconds remaining on the clock to send the game into OT.
After a thrilling 5 minute 4 on 4 overtime with no decision being made both teams would look to their scorers to seal the deal. It wasn’t until Julie Allen 5th shooter of the night and Van der Bliek shutting down Warren that the Furies took home a close one. Furies win 3-2 in shootout!
Tim Horton’s Three Stars of the Night:
1 – Jessica Vella (Toronto Furies)
2 – Kelty Apperson (Calgary Inferno)
3 – Carolyn Prevost (Toronot Furies)
Game Two – November 12th
Game Two was a much different game for the Calgary Inferno; they must have woken up after almost being handed their first regulation lost of the season. It was all Calgary in the first period putting the pedal to the medal. Van der Bliek of the Toronto Furies was having another phenomenal game stopping all 10 shots and helping fend off an Infernos Power play. Despite Calgary’s best efforts the score remained 0-0 going into the second.
The second period saw the Furies go to the penalty kill 4 times for a total of 8 minutes. Calgary was only able to capitalize once on the PP at the 11 minute mark from Kurio. Calgary kept the momentum going and capitalized on another opportunity just 3 minutes later. Esposito buries her second of the season to give Calgary the 2-0 lead. The Furies did not let up however, coming back with a couple opportunities of their own to finish off the period. Scored remained 2-0 at the end of the second.
Calgary would dominate this period as well. Not letting up or giving the Furies a single opportunity to capitalize. Van der Bliek would again shut down 9 shots from the Inferno to hold on to the end of the period. Despite the Furies best efforts in trying to climb back into the game Infernos goaltender Post was on point and got the shut out she deserved. Calgary takes game two for a score of 2-0.
Tim Horton’s Three Stars of the Night:
- Brittany Esposito (Calgary Inferno)
- Iya Gavrilova (Calgary Inferno)
- Sonja Van der Bliek (Toronto Furies)