On Saturday night, the Brampton Thunder hosted their Heritage Game celebrating the 10th year of the CWHL. They honoured players from the past including Team Canada Olympic Gold Medalists, Jayna Hefford, Vicki Sonohara and General Manager Lori Dupuis plus many other alumni. The Calgary Inferno and Brampton Thunder stood proudly on the blue line as they observed these elite female athletes as they entered the ice surface for the ceremonial faceoff. The game was sponsored by Gateway Chevrolet where they gave a fan the chance to Shoot to Win a Chevy Cruze!
Saturday Game 1: 5-2 Win
After the red carpets were rolled up and the anthem played, the Inferno and Thunder began to battle. The physical play was noticeable from puck drop. The Thunder had been struggling the past few games and were anxious to take down their rival. The Inferno came to Brampton riding a 6 game winning streak and had fresh legs coming off the two-week break. Jess Jones and Laura Stacey got the Thunder on the board going up 2-0 in the first period. Entering the 2nd the play began to get physical with penalties going both ways. Emerance Maschmeyer and Erica Howe were both displaying tremendous skills stopping chance after chance. Finally, the Inferno’s Blayre Turnbull were able to get one past Howe making it 2-1. However 2 minutes later Jones would again find the back of the net on a highlight reel goal. The period finished up 3-2 on a goal by Brianne Jenner. The Thunder would end up burying two more, one from Rattray plus an empty netter from Edney, giving the Brampton Thunder the 5-2 win and the Inferno their first loss of the season.
Sunday Game 2: 4-1 Loss
Sunday’s game started out choppy as the teams tried to get their legs under them from the night before. Jill Saulnier opened the scoring for Calgary giving them a 1-0 lead in the middle of the 1st period. Halfway through the 2nd period Rebecca Vint was able to tie the game at 1 on an assist from Jess Jones. Just as the period was ending Inferno forward Jessica Campbell got a bounce right on her stick and was able to bang it home to take the lead. It was all Inferno after that scoring two more to finish the game 4-1.
What lies ahead…
The Brampton Thunder head to Montreal this weekend to take on Les Canadiennes. Montreal is coming off of back-to-back losses to the Furies and will be looking to rebound. Please follow the Thunder on Twitter and Facebook for highlights and updates.