Rebecca Johnston scored late in the third period to give the Inferno some dignity, but it was too little too late as the Furies finally found their offensive spark, beating Calgary 3-1. Their loss plus Montreal's win against Brampton has both the Blades and now the Stars on the Inferno's heels for first place with just under four weekends left in the regular season.
Megan Bozek started the scoring late in the first period and Carolyne Prevost added two goals of her own, both on the power play. The Inferno committed seven penalties over the course of the game, giving Toronto plenty of opportunities to test Delayne Brian -- and test they did, outshooting Calgary 31-22 (and 18-12 in the second period).
Christina Kessler stood tall in net, withstanding near misses and quality chances from Johnston and other Calgary shooters. She made 21 saves in the winning effort, while Brian made 28.
Prevost, Kessler and Bozek earned the top three stars of the game for their performances. Prevost's last outing against the Inferno had a similar outcome -- she tallied three points in a 4-3 loss Jan. 18.
Bailey Bram and Jenna Cunningham earned assists on Johnston's goal. Bram's assist tonight stretches her points streak to three games, while Johnston's 31 points has her head and shoulders above the rest of the group in terms of scoring.
Sunday marks the Inferno's second and last game of the weekend in Toronto. Puck drop is at 10:45 MST (12:45 EST) at the Mastercard Center. This game is going to be streamed via cwhl.ca, so if you want to see it, be sure to purchase the CWHL streaming package. It's $10 CAD and will give you up to two games per week for the rest of the season.
Also, stay tuned on Twitter for a link to Sunday's CWHL Viewing Party, where fans can gather and discuss the game and the league as they watch. It's a lot of fun and worth checking out if you're able to watch the game.