Thunder fall to Inferno in playoffs

The Brampton Thunder and Calgary Inferno had an intense matchup to end the regular season, with home-ice advantage for their upcoming playoff series coming down to the final game of the season with the final score of 5-4. The intensity in their regular season series carried over to the playoffs.

 

Game one was close with the final score at 4-2. Erica Howe was solid, making 29 stops on 33 shots. Jenna McParland brought the Thunder within one in the second period, and Rebecca Vint scored short handed in the third to make the score 3-2 on a goal that many think contends for best goal of the season (take a look for yourself below). The Thunder pulled Howe at the end of the third to try and tie it up, but the Inferno scored on the empty net to close out the game.

 

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Facing elimination in the second game, the Thunder peppered the Inferno with 33 shots, scoring three goals. Howe made 27 saves, but unfortunately it was not enough to overcome Calgary as they took the game 4-3. Calgary got on the board early but Sarah Edney responded mid way through the first to tie it up. The Inferno popped in two more goals before the end of the first to take a 3-1 lead. Late in the second period, Courtney Birchard brought the team within one and Rebecca Vint tied the game at 3-3 midway through the final frame, but a few minutes later the Inferno scored, and that was all she wrote. Calgary went on to face Montreal in the Clarkson Cup and ended up taking home their first Cup with a score of 8-3.

Over the series the Thunder went 0-14 on the power play, something uncharacteristic of the team with so many scoring contributors. Despite this, they were very close to winning both games – something that the rookie heavy team can learn from and improve for the next season.