Thunder Couldn’t Put Out The Inferno

 

With a record of 3-1-2, the Thunder headed west to Calgary on their first roadtrip outside of the Greater Toronto Area.

Game One

Erica Howe, of Ottawa, ON, in action as the Calgary Inferno host the Markham Thunder Star in a CWHL game at the Markin McPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta on November 4, 2017.    -Dave Holland

Erica Howe would face-off against Lindsey Post in another tight goalie matchup. Devon Skeats was sent to the box for holding less than two minutes into the game, but the Thunder were up to the task. Markham got their own chance on the man advantage as Kayla Gardner was called for tripping almost seven minutes into the frame. With no score after the exchange of power plays, Jamie Lee Rattray sat for tripping just over halfway through the period. Yet again, the Thunder penalty killers supported Howe and the first ended scoreless.  

The second period started the same way for the Thunder, with an early penalty. This time, Lindsay Grigg was called for tripping, quickly followed by Kristen Barbara taking the same penalty. After successful kills, the Inferno were able to get the puck past Howe as Elana Lovell connected with Rhianna Kurio and take the 1-0 lead. Players continued their march to the box with Rattray and Erica

November 4, 2017 – 2017-2018 CWHL – Calgary Inferno vs Markham Thunder – WinSport, Calgary, AB. (Photo by Laine Schuck). Markham Thunder celebrates a goal.

Kromm taking coincidental minors for hooking and roughing, followed by two more Inferno players with Kelty Apperson going off for tripping and Iya Gavrilova sitting for body checking. With the period winding down, Rattray got the puck mid-ice, drove down the wall, and made a nifty move putting the puck behind the net to get it in front. She was able to get around the side just enough to slap the puck on net with one hand on the stick, allowing a small rebound for Jenna McParland and Karolina Urban to be there on the doorstep to bang it in together. That allowed the Thunder to finish another period even at 1-1.

Once again, Markham began the period with a penalty kill as Taylor Woods was called for holding 1:42 into the third period. Play continued back and forth until 7:46 when Skeats found herself in the box again, this time for interference. Howe and the penalty kill units remained sharp, and the Thunder returned to even strength. Calgary pocketed the go-ahead goal from Kromm, assisted by Dakota Woodworth, just after the halfway mark of the frame. With Kelly Murray sitting for hooking shortly after, the Thunder pressured the Inferno with the power play advantage, but were unable to convert. Post made a huge backdoor save on Jenna McParland late in the power play. With Howe pulled for the extra attacker, the Thunder couldn’t keep the puck deep and Louise Warren secured the win for Calgary with an empty net goal.

 

Game Two

The visitors score as the Calgary Inferno host the Markham Thunder in a CWHL game at the Markin McPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta on November 5, 2017. – Dave Holland

Liz Knox got the start for the Thunder while Post drew in for her second game of the weekend for the Inferno. Calgary was given the first penalty of the game for holding. With Sophie Shirley sitting, Markham set up their power play unit. Less than a minute into the advantage, McParland connected with Rattray who took a shot that gave an empty net, back door for Kristen Richards who banged it home for the early lead! Unfortunately, 1:08 later the Inferno tied it up with a goal from Kurio, assisted by Shirley and Murray. Midway through the opening period Warren was sent to the box for roughing, but nothing would materialize on the advantage. Warren found herself back in the box, this time for a roughing coincidental with Skeats. The 4-on-4 lead to more open ice, and as the penalties were coming to a close, Calgary took advantage as Hayleigh Cudmore found Katelyn Gosling. The Inferno would take the 2-1 lead into the second frame.

Liz Knox, of Stouffville, ON, watches the play as the Calgary Inferno host the Markham Thunder in a CWHL game at the Markin McPhail Centre at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, Alberta on November 5, 2017. -Dave Holland

At 5:49 of the second period, Megan Grenon was called for a hook, and the Thunder quickly profited as Barbara sailed the puck past Post tying up the game. Play would continue to go north and south for most of the period. It wasn’t until the 18:19 mark when Calgary would reclaim the lead off of Jacquie Pierri’s first CWHL goal, assisted by Taryn Baumgardt.

Partway through the third an unfortunate bounce off an official’s skate put the puck out front of Knox’s crease, and Warren was able to get it behind the Thunder goaltender. Calgary continued to pressure in the zone, and Cudmore was able to get the puck to Kromm who pocketed it in the net. Head Coach Jim Jackson made the decision to put Howe in net for the remainder of the game. Becca King sat for tripping, and the Inferno exploited the advantage as Woodworth and Shirley connected with Murray. Another penalty would be handed out to the Thunder as Barbara went off for body checking shortly after Murray’s goal, but Calgary’s offence was stifled. The Inferno’s Gosling delayed the game and was in the box for the final 1:07 of the game. On the penalty kill, Murray got the puck to Kayla Gardner who got the short handed goal giving the Inferno a 7-2 win.