Boston Blades and Calgary Inferno Skate Away with Weekend Series Wins

by Kristen Lipscombe

The Calgary Inferno welcomed the Toronto Furies for three straight, while the Brampton Thunder hosted the Boston Blades for two games, in a busy and entertaining weekend of Canadian Women’s Hockey League action.
 
The Inferno were red hot at home on WinSport Canada Athletic & Ice Complex ice, snagging a 6-3 win over the Furies on Friday night, a 4-2 victory Saturday evening and another hard-fought 4-3 win Sunday afternoon.
 
Meanwhile at the Century Gardens, the Blades skated away with an 11-3 win over the Thunder on Saturday evening, and shut them out 8-0 on Sunday afternoon.
 
In Friday night’s face-off between the Furies and Inferno, forward
Rebecca Johnston (Sudbury, Ont.) added a power-play goal and two assists, Rhianna Kurio (Calgary, Alta.) scored twice in the first period, Brittany Esposito (Edmonton, Alta.) had a power-play marker and an assist, Hayleigh Cudmore (Oakville, Ont.) had a goal and a helper herself, Jessica Wong (Baddeck, N.S.) added two assists, and Haley Irwin (Thunder Bay, Ont.) had a single for Calgary.
 
Goaltender
Christina Kessler (Toronto, Ont.) came out strong for the Furies, making 29 saves. Kelly Terry (Whitby, Ont.) scored on the power play, Jenelle Kohanchuk (Winnipeg, Man.) had an unassisted marker and Shannon Moulson (Mississauga, Ont.) added another with the extra attacker for Toronto.
 
Johnston was named first star, Kurio was second star and Wong received third star honours in the 6-3 win for the Calgary Inferno.
 
The Furies came out ready for revenge Saturday, with Kessler keeping her team in the game again with 27 saves. Kohanchuk contributed a goal and an assist to the scoreboard for Toronto, while 
Carolyne Prevost (Sarnia, Ont.) had Toronto’s only other goal in the game.
 
Esposito opened the scoring for Calgary on the power play, Irwin added a goal and an assist, Johnston had two helpers and
Jessica Campbell (Melville, Sask.) scored an unassisted marker followed by an empty net goal in the third to lead Calgary to the 4-2 win.
 
Irwin was named first star, Kessler received second star and Campbell was third star of the night.
 
On Sunday, the Furies staged quite the comeback but still couldn’t pull out the win. The Inferno scored three straight, including two from Campbell followed by a single from Kurio in the first period. Esposito assisted both of Campbell’s goals.
 
Prevost cracked the scoreboard for Toronto before the period was done, while
Natalie Spooner (Scarborough, Ont.) made it 3-2 on a power play, on an assist from Prevost, at 7:15 in the second period.
 
But Campbell capped off her hat trick, again with help from Esposito, early in the third and a late-game goal from Kohanchuck, with Prevost again assisting while Toronto had the extra attacker, just wasn’t enough to stop Calgary from edging the competition 4-3 for three straight wins.
 
Esposito received first star honours for her three helpers, Campbell was named second star for her hat trick and Prevost was named third star for her goal and two assists.
 
Back in Ontario,
Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) led the Boston Blades on Saturday with a hat trick and four assists en route to the 11-3 win over the Brampton Thunder. The strong offensive performance earned her first star honours on the night.
 
Hilary Knight (San Francisco, Calif.) contributed a goal and three helpers, good enough for second star honours, while Casey Pickett (Wilmington, Mass.) and Tara Watchorn (Newcastle, Ont.) added three points apiece to the score sheet for Boston.
 
On Brampton’s side,
Jess Jones (Picton, Ont.) was named third star of the game for an impressive goal and two assists. Jesse Scanzano (Montreal, Que.) and Candice Styles (Orangeville, Ont.) scored the other two goals for Brampton.
 
On Sunday,
Brittany Ott (St. Clair Shores, Mich.) earned the shutout with 15 saves for Boston.
 
Blake Bolden (Euclid, Ohio) was named first star for scoring twice, Decker received second star honours for two goals in the first period and an assist and Watchorn got the third star badge for putting a goal and an assist on the scoresheet.
 
Jillian Dempsey (Winthrop, S.C.), Denna Laing (Marblehead, Mass.) and Knight also scored for the Blades.
 
This past weekend’s CWHL action puts the Calgary Inferno in first place with 22 points, ties the Boston Blades and Montreal Stars up with 17 points in second place, places the Toronto Furies in fourth with 13 points and has the Brampton Thunder trialing in fifth with 10 points so far this season.
 
But there is still plenty more play left in the 2014-15 season, so don’t miss a second of the action! Learn more about the Canadian Women’s Hockey League by visiting
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~ Photo courtesy of Dave Holland, CWHL

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