The Toronto Furies attempted a second-period comeback, but Brianne Jenner's three points and Jessica Campbell's two goals helped lift the Calgary Inferno to a 5-2 win Saturday at Winsport A.
Calgary outshot Toronto 32-18, scoring two power play goals and displaying a much better third-period effort in this game than in their meltdown against Brampton last week (where they squandered a 5-1 lead and eventually lost 8-7 in a shootout).
The Inferno jumped out to a 2-0 lead on the strength of goals by Bailey Bram and Campbell. Furies goaltender Christina Kessler believed she still had the initial shot by Brigitte Lacquette in her pads, but it had gotten loose, and Bram pounced for the first goal of the game at 6:46. 12 minutes later, Jessica Campbell flew up the right side, getting behind Kori Cheverie and making it 2-0 in alone on Kessler. Despite Calgary having a 16-6 edge in shots and at times dominating possession, the Furies did make a couple of decent rushes up ice to test Delayne Brian.
The second period opened with a power-play opportunity that Jenner made good on, getting a pretty cross-ice pass from Jillian Saulnier, but the Furies went to work after that. A 5 on 3 opportunity for Toronto gave first Carolyne Prevost, then Emily Fulton power-play goals, as Toronto crashed the net and overwhelmed Brian and the Inferno defense. Calgary attempted to put more than just a goal's worth of space between them and the Furies, but Toronto's blueliners got sticks in the lanes and kept Calgary's best shooters well outside Kessler's space.
That didn't last much longer, as a beautiful set play on the power play (again) gave Brittany Esposito a goal and the Inferno some breathing room. Campbell added her second to cap things off, receiving a beautiful between-the-legs pass from Blayre Turnbull to make it 5-2. Brian had a few bobbles, but remained solid, finishing her night with 16 saves (to Kessler's 28).
The Inferno and Furies meet again at Winsport's Joan Snyder Rink Sunday. Puck drop is at 10 a.m. MST (noon Eastern), and fans can also listen via free Inferno home game audio streaming on CWHL Live.