History, Overtime Thrills Highlight Busy Weekend of CWHL Action

It was a weekend of history in the CWHL.

One week after making its CWHL debut, Kunlun Red Star secured its first-ever win in a thrilling 4-3 overtime triumph against the Inferno in Calgary on Saturday. With her team shorthanded, forward Annina Rajahuhta shot from just outside the Calgary blue line surprised goaltender Lindsey Post with less than a second remaining on the clock in the extra frame.

Over in Toronto, the Vanke Rays made their first game of the season on a Saturday a memorable one, shutting out the Toronto Furies, 3-0. Hanna Bunton scored the first goal in Rays history in the win while Elaine Chulistopped all 23 shots she faced.

Both the Inferno and Furies avenged their losses on Sunday to split their weekend series.

Tight games were on the menu in Markham as Les Canadiennes and the Thunder needed overtime in both of their games on the weekend. Montreal skated away with the win on both days to remain the lone undefeated team in the CWHL. Montreal (4-0-0) and Markham (3-1-2) share top spot in the standings, with eight points apiece.

Thunder forward Jamie Lee Rattray continues to lead the League in scoring with five goals and six points. Les Canadiennes defender Cathy Chartrand sits right behind her with five points (three goals, two assists), tied with Inferno fowards Iya Gavrilova and Sophie ShirleyKelli Stack leads Kunlun with four points (three goals, one assist).

Game Summaries

Oct. 28: Kunlun Red Star 4, Calgary Inferno 3 (OT)
Oct. 28: Vanke Rays 3, Toronto Furies 0
Oct. 28: Les Canadiennes 1, Markham Thunder 0 (OT)

Oct. 29: Calgary Inferno 4, Kunlun Red Star 1
Oct. 29: Toronto Furies 3, Vanke Rays 2
Oct. 29: Les Canadiennes 3, Markham Thunder 2 (OT)


Upcoming Schedule

Boston Blades (0-4-0; 0 pts) vs. Vanke Rays (1-1-0; 2 pts)
Saturday, Nov. 4, 8:00 PM ET – Larsen Skating Rink at Eruzione Center
Sunday, Nov. 5, 2:00 PM ET – Larsen Skating Rink at Eruzione Center | CWHL Live
Tuesday, Nov. 7, 7:40 PM ET – Larsen Skating Rink at Eruzione Center​

Calgary Inferno (3-0-1; 7 pts) vs. Markham Thunder (3-1-2; 8 pts)

Saturday, Nov. 4, 6:00 PM MT – WinSport B Joan Snyder
Sunday, Nov. 5, 12:15 PM MT – WinSport Arena A