The fire dwindled a little after a Start the Spark victory.
The Calgary Inferno played Sunday against the Toronto Furies in Okotoks and came up short with a 3-0 loss a day after defeating the same team 4-1 on Do It For Daron day.
The Inferno remain in first place in the Canadian Women’s Hockey League with 33 points despite the split. In second place, Les Canadiennes de Montreal have 31 points after a split weekend of their own.
Roy Bowlby, the vice-president of coach and player development for the Okotoks Minor Hockey Association was on hand for the puck-drop in acknowledgement of bringing the CWHL game to the town Sunday afternoon.
The first period started slow. Halfway into the period, the Furies Carolyne Prevost took a roughing penalty, but the Inferno weren’t able to put one past Elaine Chuli in net. The Inferno’s Eden Murray went to the box for hooking with three minutes left in the period but was joined by Jess Vella of the Furies 30 seconds later. After a minute of even-strength play and a short power-play for both teams, neither scored. Shots were 10-8 for the Furies after the first.
The Inferno started the second period on a power play but didn’t score in their 30-second advantage. Halfway through the second, the Furies’ Renata Fast put one over the shoulder of goaltender Lindsey Post on an assist from Prevost. Neither team scored again in the second. Shots in the period were 20-15 for the Furies.
Fourteen seconds into the third period, Shannon Stewart scored on a pass from Natalie Spooner. At 10:49, Lacquette took a penalty for elbowing, but the Inferno were able to kill the penalty. With six minutes left in the game, Jordon Hampton got a tripping penalty, but the Inferno came up short on their third and final power play of the game. The Inferno pulled Post with a minute left but couldn’t get one past Chuli, who ended up with the first star in the game.
Shots finished up 29-26 for the Furies.
There is a league break next weekend for the CWHL All-Star Game. The game is in Toronto at the Scotiabank Centre on Sunday (11:30 a.m.). Nine Inferno players will be headed to the game led by the all-star captain as voted by the fans, Brigette Lacquette. Players include goaltender Alex Rigsby, defence Kacey Bellamy and Halli Kryzaniak, forwards Brianna Decker, Zoe Hickel, Brianne Jenner, Rebecca Johnston and Blayre Turnbull.
“It will be an exciting weekend to play with an against some of the league’s best competitors,” said Inferno captain Johnston. “We’re looking forward to what should be a great game.”
The Inferno will be back in Calgary on Tuesday, Jan. 22, for a game against the visiting Shenzen Vanke Rays at the Crowchild Twin Arenas (7:45 p.m.)
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