Calgary, Alta – The Calgary Inferno were hoping to come away with four points this weekend in Brampton, Ontario but had to settle for a split with the fourth ranked Thunder.
In the Saturday game, Brampton came away with a 5-2 victory. The Thunder got off to a quick start with two goals in the first period by Jess Jones and Laura Stacey. In the second period, the Inferno outscored the Thunder 2-1 on the efforts of Blayre Turnbull and Brianne Jenner’s powerplay marker. Jones countered with the Thunder goal for her second tally. The third period belonged to the Thunder with goals from Jamie Lee Rattray and Sarah Edney. Thunder goalie Erica Howe made 26 saves for the victory, while Emerance Maschmeyer had 34 saves in the loss.
It was a different story on Sunday as the defending champs responded with a 4-1 win, outshooting Brampton 38-28 in the process. Inferno leading scorer Jill Saulnier continued her strong season with a first period goal, giving her 7 on the year. Jessica Campbell had a marvelous game, registering two goals and one assist along with the first star of the game. Inferno rookie Iya Gavrilova added a goal and a helper in the victory. The Thunder only found the back of the net once against Inferno netminder Genevieve Lacasse, courtesy of Rebecca Vint. Lacasse made 27 saves for the victory and Erica Howe recorded 34 saves in a losing effort.
Calgary is currently in first place with Montreal and Toronto, in a tie in second in CWHL standings each with 12 points. The Inferno have a league best 7-1-0-0 record, meanwhile the Thunder move to 2-5-0-1 on the year.
The Calgary Inferno will now begin to prepare for a two game series at home against the Boston Blades on November 26 & 27 at Winsport. Puck drop goes at 7:30 pm MST & 10:30 am MST respectively.