Welcome to Inferno Alphabet Soup, a acronym analysis for the Canadian Women’s Hockey League’s Calgary Inferno!
This week we take a combined look at Weeks 10 and 11, as the Inferno took a ten-day tour overseas for clashes with the Vanke Rays and Kunlun Red Star in Shenzen, China!
The Inferno hit the airways, stopping in Vancouver for a layover before flying over the mighty Pacific to China.
Travel might have been a factor, but for the overseas series’ the Inferno temporarily went against their three-goalie platoon system, having two goaltenders split starts in the four games. We’ll see if Calgary’s third keeper, Toni Ross, gets back in action once the Ladies In Red get back Alberta Bound! Her’s how the starts looked in Shenzen
Delayne Brian stopped 19 of 17 in win Game 1 against Vanke Rays
Lindsey Post 34 of 32 losing shootout in Game 2 against Vanke Rays
Delayne Brian stopped 19 of 17 in Game 1 win against Kunlun Red Star
Lindsey Post stopped 29 of 27 in Game 2 win against Kunlun Red Star
F- FU, PANDA KUNG
Speaking of Lindsey Post, she had a little fun with a Kung Fu Panda inspired mask when she suited up against Vanke Rays:
E- ESPO & IVA!
Inferno scoring leader Brittany Esposito shook off an early injury scare to get right back into the thick of her scoring ways. Her partner in crime Iva Gavroliva was right behind her, as they sit 12th and 15th in overall CWHL scoring respectively.
In game 1 against Vanke, Gavrilova notched 3 assists and a plus-4, while Esposito had 2 goals and an assist for a plus-4. In the two games against Kunlun, Espo added another pair of goals and Gavrilova racked up another 3 assists.
R- ROOKIE SENSATION
Goaltender Lindsey Post was voted the ADT Goaltender of the week for February 5th-11th. The polls are conducted on Twitter and theCWHL.com
This is Lindsey’s third time this season being selected the honour, as she is making an impact in her rookie season. She currently ranks 3rd overall in CWHL GAA with 1.98, and is tied for second in league SV% with .922, which is good enough for first in SV% among the three goaltenders for the Inferno.
N- NOT WITHOUT A FIGHT
Calgary dropped a shootout loss 3-2 to the Red Star in Game 1 of the second series, continuing the trend of the Inferno pushing themselves to the brink if they’re going to lose. To date on the year, CGY has only dropped three games outside of extra time, with the other 4 losses coming in OT or a shootout.
O- ON TO THE NEXT
Back on Canadian soil, the Inferno will play host to the Boston Blades. CGY’s annual You Can Play game goes February 24th at 5:00PM MST, and the series wraps Sunday afternoon in a 12:30 MST start. Both games are at the Winsport Olympic Grounds in Arena A. Keep it locked to Matchsticks & Gasoline for coverage!