Sarah Davis had a breakout game with two goals and an assist as the "rookie line" for the Inferno carried the offense and beat the Thunder, 5-2, at Century Gardens in Brampton.
After a tightly played and scoreless first period, Davis kicked off the scoring in the second. The Inferno then saw their 1-0 lead turn into a 2-1 deficit on two goals by (guess who?) another CWHL rookie, Jamie Lee Rattray, one on a breakaway and one right off of a nice transition with 1:30 to go. But with 35 seconds left, Brittany Esposito tied it up, finishing up a good effort by Davis.
The Inferno took over the third period, outshooting Brampton 20-3 and getting goals from Davis again, fellow rookie Louise Warren, and Jessica Campbell to round out the scoring. The Davis-Esposito-Campbell line finished with nine points (three apiece), and Warren, Jenna Cunningham, Kelsey Webster, Hayleigh Cudmore and Kristen Hagg all had assists on the night.
Delayne Brian didn't have much work, particularly in the third, but still made 17 saves. Her Thunder counterpart, Howe, was far busier, stopping 38 of 43. Lindsay Vine had the lone assist on Rattray's first goal.
It's awesome to see the rookies producing (especially after the piece I wrote Thursday on their experiences in the league thus far), but I'm particularly happy to see Davis score two tonight. The forward is only up to seven goals on the season after tonight, but she's one of the players I definitely noticed off the bat covering the Inferno this year. She works hard and isn't afraid of the rough stuff along the boards, but she's also got great hands and has pulled moves this season that show you she can be just as dangerous as the top scorers on the team. Kudos to her and her linemates on a job well done tonight.
Tomorrow's game is at 12:05 p.m. MST (2:05 EST) and don't forget, it will be streamed on cwhl.ca, so make sure you have everything set to watch. The streaming package is just $10 Canadian, and it may also come in handy for playoff time, so be sure to get yours by tomorrow. Calgary needs just one more point to clinch the No. 2 seed, so it should be a good one.
Notes: This is Calgary's tenth win in a row over Brampton... Before tonight, Davis hadn't scored a goal since Dec. 5 in Boston. Her only points in that time were two assists, one in Boston the next day and one Feb. 8 in Toronto... Clarkson Cup news! For Canadian fans -- the Clarkson Cup final will air Saturday, March 7 at noon MST (2 p.m. EST) on all Sportsnet regional channels, per Trevor Down on Twitter... also via Trevor, NHL Network will air both Game 2s of the first round of the playoffs in one-hour formats at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. EST on Friday, March 6, in the U.S., so American fans, rejoice! (I am! *waves pompoms*) NHLN will also be showing the Clarkson Cup Final on Sunday, March 8, at 10 a.m. MST (noon EST). Special shoutout to Trevor for providing great updates of this game and also general info on the league and the Cup. Follow him @TrevorDown6.