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The Calgary Inferno split a pair of games in Montreal over the weekend to not only secure a spot in the playoffs, but to host a playoff series at home.
On Saturday, Katelyn Gosling opened the scoring 10:53 into the 1st period with assists from Brianne Jenner and Iya Gavrilova. Montreal closed the opening period with three unanswered goals to make the score 3-1. Jessica Campbell scored at the 11:33 mark of the 2nd to cut the lead to 3-2. Blayre Turnbull picked up the lone assist. Montreal restored the two-goal cushion later in the period before Rebecca Johnston cut the lead again, scoring on the power-play, assisted by Haley Irwin and Meaghan Mikkelson, making it a 4-3 game after two periods. The Inferno would get the game-tying goal from Jill Saulnier, assisted by Iya Gavrilova and Brianne Jenner to send the game to overtime. Just 2:41 into the extra frame, Brianne Jenner scored the game-winner, assisted by Brigette Lacquette to give the Inferno the 5-4 win. Genevieve Lacasse stopped 26 of 30 shots for her 6th win of the season.
Sunday was a similar game, but once the Inferno fell behind, they couldn’t recover this time. Montreal opened the scoring just 2:46 into the game. Iya Gavrilova tied the game 1-1 at the 8:10 mark, assisted by Sarah Davis and Meaghan Mikkelson. Montreal took the lead for good with just over thirty seconds left in the 1st period. After a scoreless 2nd period, the Canadiennes scored two more goals in the 3rd to make the final score 4-1. Emerance Maschmeyer allowed 3 goals on 26 shots in the loss.
The Inferno now have 15 wins and 3 losses after 18 games this season and are in 1st place in the CWHL with 30 points.
Brianne Jenner is leading the team scoring with 7 goals and 12 assists for 19 points in 14 games (5th in CWHL). Iya Gavrilova is 2nd in team scoring with 10 goals and 6 assists for 16 points in 16 games (7th in CWHL).
Goaltenders Delayne Brian and Genevieve Lacasse lead the team with 6 wins (2nd & 3rd in the CWHL). Brian also leads the team with a 1.81 goals against average (3rd in the CWHL). Emerance Maschmeyer still leads the team and CWHL with a save percentage of 0.933.
The Inferno now head to Toronto for a pair of games against the Toronto Furies. Game times are Saturday, January 21st @ 8:00pm EST/6:00pm MST and Sunday, January 22nd @ 12:30pm EST/10:30am MST.
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