It was a rough start to the new year for the Calgary Inferno, but they seem to be getting their groove back. Heading into February, they had lost four of six games in the month of January, including three regulation losses. Heading into 2018, they were the only CWHL team to go undefeated in regulation so far this season.
Then came their 10-day trip to China where they faced the Vanke Rays and the Kunlun Red Star. This trip seemed to have done the trick.
The Inferno won three of their four games with their lone loss coming in a shootout.
A couple stars for the four games were Brittany Esposito and Iya Gavrilova. Aka water’s wet, the sky’s blue, the Pope’s Catholic, etc.
In the four games, Espo picked up four goals and one assist, as well as two shootout goals, now bringing her goal total to 14 in 19 games, tying her for fifth in the league. She continues to leads all Inferno skaters with goals and points (22). After the series against Vanke at home in January, there was fear that Espo had a hand injury, but x-rays came back with good news. Good riddance.
Linemate Iya Gavrilova isn’t too far behind Espo. In these four games, while she didn’t have any goals, she picked up six assists, bringing her point total to 19 points in 22 games.
The Inferno still sit in third place in the standings with 34 points in 22 games but have the second best points-percentage at 0.773. With two big wins over Kunlun, they’ve closed the gap and just one point separates the two teams, but the Inferno have one game on hand.
It was an important trip and just what the girls needed to regroup. Their next series will be the weekend of Feb. 24/25 where they’ll host the Boston Blades for their annual You Can Play game.
The Inferno will also be hosting an Olympic Gold Medal viewing party for the Women’s hockey game on Wednesday, Feb. 21st where they’ll hope to cheer on their nine teammates playing for Team Canada. This will be super awkward if Team Canada doesn’t make the Gold Medal game...
The viewing party will be at Home and Away Bar on 17th avenue with tickets being $10, which includes admission and one drink. Message me on Twitter (@raminashlah) for tickets to the viewing party!