- January 24th Brampton @ Toronto Highlights, including some of the GREAT saves:
- Mark Staffieri did a short article on Blake Bolden and visible minorities in the CWHL
- Matchsticks and Gasoline, the SBNation blog that covers the Calgary Flames, is now going to be covering the Calgary Inferno! Make sure to follow their blog and twitter for more Calgary Inferno action!
Brampton Thunder shuts out Toronto Furies, 2-0
As you may recall, Brampton’s been on a bit of a slide this season so far. They’ve been racking up the PIMs, but not the wins, with only 11 points on a 15 game season prior to this weekend. They’ve been being out-scored pretty badly, with 30 goals scored by Brampton, but 61 goals scored against them. While they’ve shown flashes of occasionally being the team I’ve thought they could be, filled with young talent, they’ve mostly been kind of terrible.
The straw that appears to have broken the camel’s back was getting beat 11-3 and then 8-0 by Boston last weekend. Shortly afterwards, a news release came out from the team, announcing that the head coach, Pat Cocklin, had been released. Part of the statement from GM Lori Dupuis was that the team felt that their chances for making the Clarkson Cup lay in a different direction. Assistant Coach Kristi Alcorn would be taking on the role in the interim, with GM Lori Dupuis taking on the assistant coach role.
And boy oh boy, it looked like the change paid off on Saturday. Continue reading CWHL Weekend Recap for January 24th, 2015
I had my notes from sitting down with two-time Olympic gold medalist and Canadian goaltender Shannon Szabados up on my laptop for more than a week. Every day I’d open them up and stare without any story materializing and I started to despair that this story would ever see the light of day.
I’m used to taking interviews and turning them into straight profiles the way I was taught in school. But when the story I thought I was going to write just wasn’t coming together, I realized it’s ok to break the rules a little. After all, this started off as a profile of a woman who’s done nothing but challenge standards and rules her whole career.
So instead, I want to use my conversation with Shannon to open a larger dialogue about breaking ground, role models, scrutiny and attention.
We’ve got a short slate this weekend, with Montreal traveling to Boston, and Brampton going cross-town to play Toronto.
Following the elbowing incident and subsequent fight between Monique Lamoureux and Jamie Lee Rattray in last Sunday’s Boston @ Brampton game, I contacted the CWHL for some clarification about what the current procedure is for player discipline outside of in-game penalties. I was particularly interested in what the answer was because I haven’t come across mention of players being suspended previously, but Allyson Fox, one of the commentators on Sunday’s match and a former Brampton defense, seemed sure that there would be a multi-game suspension for the fight.
Calgary Inferno Sweep Toronto Furies
The Calgary Inferno smoked the Toronto Furies this weekend, increasing their lead in the league standings to a solid 22 points in 14 games, 5 points more than the second place Boston Blades.
Weekend Preview for Jan. 16 – 18, 2015
There are SO MANY games this weekend!
WEEKEND PREVIEW: THE MONTREAL STARS GO TO TAKE ON THE TORONTO FURIES TWICE!
CWHL WEEKEND ACTION: MONTREAL STARS @ TORONTO FURIES:
- Saturday, January 10th, 6:30 PM CDT This game will be streamed!
- Sunday, January 11th, 11:45 AM CDT
The Montreal Stars are currently second in the league, just one point behind the league-leading Calgary Inferno (although the Inferno does have a game in hand on the Stars). Toronto is currently second from last, but have the least games of anyone in the league with only 10 games played.
Montreal’s Caroline Ouellette and Toronto’s Natalie Spooner are currently tied for 5th in the league’s scoring leaders, with nine points each in ten games, but it might be goaltending rather than scoring that’s the decider in this weekend’s series. Montreal’s Charline Labonte is currently second in the league with a save percentage of .925% in 7 games. Sami Jo Small has a .917 SV% for Toronto this season, but she’s only played 3 game so far– it’s more likely that we’ll see Christina Kessler, who has a .909 SV% in 7 starts.
Also, for everyone who can get to Saturday’s game, the first 50 fans in the door will get free CWHL clackers!