First off, let’s get this out of the way: This weekend’s Montreal @ Boston series was canceled. We don’t, officially, know why. The CWHL claims it was due to “unforeseen circumstances”. I have not heard back from the league if single-game ticket purchases for these games will be refunded.
Boston v Montreal games scheduled for this weekend (Sat. & Sun.) are cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances. Apologies to our fans.
— CWHL Insider (@cwhl_insider) November 22, 2014
Unofficially, Stanley Cup of Chowder’s recap is pretty consistent with our understanding of the situation, but in short, there are contract issues happening between the Blades players and the League. We’ll have more info out as we know it.
Calgary Inferno sweep Brampton Thunder in Three Game Series
So, the other series this weekend was three games between the Calgary Inferno and the Brampton Thunder. My preview was proven a bit optimistic– Brampton did not manage to steal a game, and were in fact kept to very few goals in general.
On Friday, Calgary got a shut-out over Brampton, beating them 4-0. Goaltender Delayne Brian faced 29 shots for Calgary, and stopped them all. Haley Irwin got a hat trick, while Madison Haller got the final goal, unassisted. Erica Howe had her only outing of the weekend in net for Brampton, her fourth of the season. She faced 30 shots on goal, saving 4 of them, for a save percentage of .867%. Neither team managed to score on the powerplay.
Saturday, Brampton actually managed to get on the board! Calgary won 3-1, but Brampton’s Jennifer Kirk opened the scoring with a goal at 4:33 in the first. However, the Inferno’s Rebecca Johnston evened things up pretty quickly. Jessica Campbell scored her second of the season late in the second period for the Inferno, and Rhianna Kurio added the final goal for Calgary early in the third. While Brampton did manage to score this game, their SOG were lower– Camille Trautman faced only 18 over the course of the game for Calgary. Brampton’s third goaltender, Liz Knox, had her second outing of the season, and saved 35 of 38 shots for a SV% of .921. She also got the third star of the game. Again, neither team managed to capitalize on a power play, including a ten minute major on Brampton for a check to the head by Jesse Scanzano. That’s a big penalty kill by Brampton.
Sunday’s game was a bit more peppy for Brampton. They still lost, 2-5, but SOG were much more comparable, with Brampton putting 28 shots on Delayne Brian, and Calgary putting 33 on Liz Knox. (Brian finished with a .928 SV%, while Knox finished with .878%) Calgary opened the scoring with a goal by Kurio, but Jamie Lee Rattray assisted on a Fielding Mongomery goal in the first to tie things up. Things stayed even until the third period, when Savah Davis and Jenna Cunningham combined for two more goals, to make things 3-1 Calgary. Jess Jones scored Brampton’s second goal shortly thereafter, but Brittany Esposito capitalized on a powerplay to make things 4-2. Brampton pulled Knox with 2:11 left in the game to try to make up that lost ground, but Erica Komm scored for Calgary to make it 5-2 with literally one second left in the game.
So. This was not what I was hoping for from this weekend’s CWHL action, in a lot of ways, but it was nice to see Calgary continue to tear things up offensively.