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Red White Clash in season opener

Skye Mathew, Calgary Fire Red, and a Fire White player clash for the puck along the boards in their Alberta Female Hockey League season opener at Rose Kohn Arena, Calgary on Oct 20, 2018.
© J. Ashley Nixon

Fire Sisters, Calgary

The Alberta Female Hockey League Midget AA season started up on Saturday with a Calgary derby at Rose Kohn Arena between Calgary Fire Red and their Fire White sisters. Twenty minutes into the game, the teams were even, no score. It remained that way through the second period as Red and White matched shots and puck possession.

Third period opens up

Just seconds into the third period the game tilted white-ways with a speculative ice-sliding shot by McCool that the Fire Red goalie, Cassidy Brown probably thought was going wide. The puck just sneaked in past her stick and Fire White was in the lead. Fire Red survived a five-on-three attack but just as the five-on-four was closing, they succumbed to a second goal eight minutes later.

It could well have been three for White when they got a penalty shot for some kind of juggling act by Fire Red in front of their own net but Brown pushed out hard and forced the shooter to hit wide of the left post. Despite a torrent of shots towards the White net, Sophie Lajeunesse held tight in the net with multiple saves. Final score: Fire Red 0-2 Fire White.

Song of the Match

DJ Kitch, with the perfect pitch and timing he is well-known for, played a nice slow version of Tom Petty’s I Won’t Back Down (performed by Johnny Cash) just before a difference of opinion between a couple of players in front of the Red net, in period two. The first spot, however, and Song of the Match goes to what was just a sliver of edgy, classic, urban punk played from The Clash, released in 1977: White Riot. Enjoy the vid, kids!

Up Next

The Fire Red team is on a road trip south on Sunday, October 28 to visit the Lethbridge Cyclones at Adams Ice Centre (13:45).

More action from the game

Please visit J. Ashley Nixon Communications for more photos from the Calgary Fire Red versus Fire White game.


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