Saturday’s excursion north to Leduc was GHC Fire White’s first organized road trip as a team this season in the Alberta Female Hockey League. Three hours on the bus might have challenged some skating legs but not this team. They went into the game well, on fire, and came away with a well-worked 2-0 result against the North Central Impact to make it four wins in four games.
Puck chasing pays
Sarah Gaiser scored the first goal in the opening period for the Calgary team when she chased hard to catch up with a deep pass hit into the middle of the Impact zone, skated past a defender and pushed the puck past the stranded Impact goalie, Laney Pasemko. Three minutes later, Cheyenne Risling might have made it two but for a nifty poke check by the goalie in front of her net. Another close chance went by just before the end of the period when Asha Hanson ringed one off the post from a shot out on the blue line.
North Central Impact came close to tying up the score early in the second period when they went on the power play. A close up shot was banged in towards what looked like day light in the net but Ali Kieren snapped swiftly across her line to pad the puck away. A beautiful save that gave the Fire White a break and the foundation to secure their win. That came after 16 minutes into the second period when Ella Kitchen picked up a puck sent in to the net by Hailey Wiltshire. In the very next shift Wiltshire almost got a goal to add to her assist but the goalie got that one.
Late Penalty Kill
Caolan Marks got close half way through the final period when she hit a wrister from the blue line only to see the puck ricochet off the post. The last two minutes was exciting: Fire White were penalized and within seconds, Impact pulled their goalie to make it a 6 on 4 power play. The home team put pressure on the net, with one good chance glove saved by Kieren. The Fire White defense held true, final score Calgary Fire White 2-0 North Central Impact.
Up next: Calgary Fire White go again Sunday when they host Red Deer at East Calgary Twin Arenas
For more photos from the game, please visit J. Ashley Nixon Photography