Alberta Calgary Canada Hockey

Down to Earth: Wind and Fire

Sarah Gaiser (Calgary Fire White) in a puck battle on the boards against Quinn Odland (Lethbridge Cyclones in their Alberta Female Hockey (Bantam Elite) game at East Calgary Twin Arenas.
© J. Ashley Nixon

Lethbridge cyclones breezed into Calgary on Saturday and brought Fire White down to Earth after their stellar opening to the season with twelve wins. It was the Calgary Bantam Elite team’s first loss in regular time in the Alberta Female Hockey League.

Ella Kitchen opened the scoring for Fire White after five minutes of play. But with just five shots on net, the Cyclones managed to put away two goals before the first interval scored by Quinn Odland and Captain, Makena Welby.

Hailey Wiltshire equalized for Fire White five minutes into the second period when she tipped the puck from a blue line shot by Chyenne Risling past the Cyclones goalie, Piper Slezak. Thirty seconds later, call-up player Emily Toole, gave Calgary the lead, assisted by Mia Bierd but the Cyclones battled back scoring on a 5 on 3 penalty with just four seconds to go. The Lethbridge girls hung on to take just their second regular time win of the season. And Fire White lost their first.

Final score: Calgary Fire White 3-4 Lethbridge Cyclones

Up next: White versus Sherwood Park at East Calgary Twin Arenas (ECTAs House), Sunday, December 3, 2017.

Song of the match

DJ Dale was playing some solid retro tracks during the game. From his playlist, I’m going for 500 Miles by Scottish brothers Charlie and Craig Reid, aka The Proclaimers (1988). It should have been The First Cut is the Deepest by Rod Stewart (1976) (or, if you prefer, the version by Sheryl Crow). It’s a pretty cheesy video and Rod gets away with some sartorial sneekery with opposing stripes but the song is still a great one.

More action from the game

For more photos from the game please visit J. Ashley Nixon Photography


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