After a tough loss for the Inferno in the 2018 playoffs, the team looked to regroup and build upon their success heading into 2018/2019 season. The 2017/2018 Inferno had a solid performance with 17 wins, 7 losses, 1 OT loss, 3 SOL and 1 OTW win, finishing third overall. This season, the Inferno have remained on top with 23 wins, 4 losses, 1 SOL and 2 OTW, significantly improving their record and making them the team to beat.
Over the offseason, the Inferno made some strategic moves to help strengthen their team. Rebecca Johnston, Brigette Lacquette, Blayre Turnbull and Brianne Jenner returned from the Olympics with new Silver medals while the team welcomed Team USA Olympic Gold medalists Brianna Decker, Kacey Bellamy and Alex Rigsby. The Inferno also drafted Tori Hickel, Rebecca Leslie, Venla Hovi, Halli Krzyzaniak, Annie Belanger, Kaitlin Willoughby and Eden Murray.
The Inferno’s season started off with a bang going 21 -3-1 before the All-Star Break. With two losses occurring on home ice, the Inferno went 10 and 1 while away. The Inferno sent 9 players to the 2019 CWHL All-Star game including Inferno Captain Rebecca Johnston, Brianne Jenner, Brianna Decker, Kacey Bellamy, Zoe Hickel, Blayre Turnbull, Alex Rigsby, Halli Krzyzaniak and Brigette Lacquette. Lacquette received over 50% of the All-Star captain votes and was named the captain of the Team Purple.
The two-week break proved to be no problem for the Inferno squad as they continued to dominate the standings going 6-1 in their final 7 games. The team clinched their much-deserved playoff spot in early February and secured first place on February 23rd, guaranteeing they would have home ice advantage during the playoffs. The strong showing by the Inferno this season has excited fans and made them a force to be reckoned with.
The Inferno will welcome the Toronto Furies on March 8th for a three-game playoff series. The Furies have been a tough opponent for the Inferno squad, handing them 2 of their regulation losses this season. Does Calgary have what it takes to go all the way on the road to Clarkson? Find out starting March 8th.