In­ferno, Furies earn CWHL split

Calgary Herald - - SPORTS -

They started with a spark and ended with a fiz­zle.

Yes, it was a split week­end for the Cal­gary In­ferno but still a joy­ous one.

And with 33 points, they re­main atop the Cana­dian Women’s Hockey League stand­ings thanks to a sim­i­lar split by Les Cana­di­ennes de Mon­treal, the sec­ond-place team sit­ting on 31 points.

The joy came Satur­day night when the In­ferno topped against the Toronto Furies in their fourth an­nual Start the Spark game in sup­port of men­tal health aware­ness and the Do It for Daron ini­tia­tive.

Mem­bers of the Shel­don Kennedy Child Ad­vo­cacy Cen­tre and ticket spon­sors-of-the-game HMC Lawyers were on hand for the cer­e­mo­nial puck-drop at WinS­port.

Re­tired In­ferno player Jes­sica Camp­bell, who started the team’s an­nual event four years ago, was also on hand for the puck-drop. This was also a spe­cial night for the In­ferno’s Re­becca Les­lie, who started the DIFD ini­tia­tive with team­mates eight years ago, shortly after her friend Daron Richard­son com­mit­ted sui­cide at the age of 14.

“Do it for Daron is an amaz­ing cause, and the big­gest thing is talk­ing about it, and any­one can be help­ful in any sin­gle way, said In­ferno de­fender and third star of the game Kacey Bel­lamy. “And I think that be­ing sup­port­ive to talk about any type men­tal health is­sue is the big­gest thing, and it’s re­ally great to be able to be on the ice to­day and sup­port­ing that cause.”

On the ice, Bri­anne Jen­ner, Kelty Ap­per­son, Bel­lamy — on a power play — and Kate­lynn Gosling all scored for the host In­ferno in a 4-1 stop of the Furies.

With 2:45 left in the third pe­riod, the Furies’ Re­nata Fast man­aged to find the back of the net beat­ing goal­tender An­nie Be­langer top­shelf, keep­ing the In­ferno from earn­ing a shutout.

The In­ferno’s fire dwin­dled a lit­tle on Sun­day af­ter­noon in Oko­toks, where the Furies re­paid them with a 3-0 loss.

Roy Bowlby, the vice-pres­i­dent of coach and player de­vel­op­ment for the Oko­toks Mi­nor Hockey As­so­ci­a­tion was on hand for the puck-drop in ac­knowl­edg­ment of bring­ing the CWHL game to the town.

It was Fast, in the sec­ond pe­riod, open­ing the scor­ing on In­ferno goal­tender Lind­sey Post. Four­teen sec­onds into the third pe­riod, Shan­non Ste­wart scored on a pass from Natalie Spooner. And then Spooner scored her own goal to round out the af­ter­noon tal­lies.

Nine In­ferno play­ers head to Toronto for next Sun­day’s CWHL all-star game (11:30 a.m.) led by the all-star cap­tain as voted by the fans, Brigette Lac­quette. The other In­ferno tal­ents play­ing in the all-star game are 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.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.