Weekend Recap: Calgary Takes First Place

With playoffs quickly approaching, every game matters for teams looking to clinch their spot.  For the second last time this season, all 6 teams were facing off.

The Furies continued their road trip in Shenzhen against the Rays on Thursday with a 1-0 win.  Nurse got the lone goal against Raty halfway into the third, giving Chuli the shutout. On Saturday, the Furies looked to win their last game before heading back but the Rays were able to get by Chuli and went on to win the game 5-2.  Darkangelo and Spooner got the goals for the Furies while Anderson, Woo, Mercer, Miller and Jue helped put the Rays on top.

The top two teams went head to head this weekend with the Inferno visiting Les Canadiennes.  As per usual with these two teams, Saturday night was a battle to the very end.  With goals from Leslie, Krzyzaniak, Johnston, Turnbull and Decker, the Inferno won 5-4.  Les Canadiennes fought hard with goals from Knight, Bettez and 2 from Poulin, but they couldn’t tie it up in the end.  On Sunday, Les Canadiennes would fire back winning the game 3-0 thanks to two goals from Poulin and a goal from Saulnier.  This would end the Inferno’s 10 game win streak but would keep the team in first place.

Continuing the CWHL action, the Markham Thunder were in Worcester to face the Blades.  On Saturday, Milne-Price collected her first win of the season winning 7-1.  Kickham played her 93rd game as a Blade making her the franchise leader in games played.  Blades forward Crossman opened the scoring in the game followed by 7 unanswered goals from the Thunder.  Rattray scored her first CWHL hat trick, Jones scored her 50th career goal and Brown, MacParland, and Stacey scored the remaining goals.  Sunday, the Blades were able to get three by Howe with goals from Myers and Anderson; Anderson scoring her first two goals in the CWHL.  The Thunder offense continued to dominate the Blades with a 5 point night from Bach including a hat trick and goals from Brown, Rattray, Kosta, Stacey and Larocque.  The Thunder would take the Sunday game 9-3.

Game Summaries
Jan. 31:  Toronto 1, Shenzhen 0
Feb. 2: Toronto 2, Shenzhen 5
Feb 2: Calgary 5, Montreal 4
Feb 2: Markham 7, Worcester 1
Feb 3: Markham 9, Worcester 3
Feb 3: Calgary 0, Montreal 3


Upcoming Schedule

Toronto Furies (9-13-0) vs. Les Canadiennes de Montreal (17-5-1)
Saturday, February 9, 2:00 PM EST- Etienne Desmarteau Arena

Worcester Blades (0-22-0) vs. Calgary Inferno (18-4-1)
Saturday, February 9, 3:30 PM MST- The Edge – Arena #2
Sunday, February 10, 12:30 PM MST – WinSport Arena A

This season, 18 games will be streamed on CWHL Live. The full streaming schedule is available here.