Fire Red strike out Lightning

Kelly Stanford, Calgary Fire Red (in white) shows some surprise as she is penalized for a face-off infringement during their Alberta Female Hockey League Midget Elite game against Airdrie Lightning at Genesis Place Arena, Airdrie on December 15, 2018. © J. Ashley Nixon


December 15, 2018

It took a Saturday night shoot out to strike out the Lightning. After regular time, the Calgary and Airdrie Midget Elite teams were even with a Kelly Stanford goal for Calgary scored after five minutes of the game, and Airdrie’s reply two minutes into the third period.

The four on four play changed nothing after five minutes of extra time, so it was down to the sharp shooters. Up first was Isobel Pettem-Shand who deked the Airdrie goalie and squeezed the puck in under her glove. At the other end, Fire Red goalie Cassidy Brown pad saved Airdrie’s first shot from captain #4. Bex Alloway was stopped in Calgary’s second shot by Aidrie’s goalie #1 then Airdrie’s second shot hit the post. It was down to Kelly Stanford to close things out. The right hander didn’t disappoint with a perfectly timed shot that glided the puck underneath the goalie’s glove.

Final score: Airdrie Lightning 1-2 Calgary Fire Red MAA

Song of the match

Lots of country tunes on offer from the Airdrie sound crew at Genesis Place Arena. I’m going with Canadian Girls by Dean Brody for its jolly nice hockey lyrics: She grew up watching hockey with her Daddy on Saturday nights. He taught her to tie her skates, her brothers taught her how to fight. It’s a great country song with a splendid video to accompany. Given our pre-game chat over pints and pancakes at Smitties, check out the singer’s attire that includes a Peaky Blinder hat plus a #22 Wickenheiser Canada jersey and Brody’s beautiful chorus lyric: Irresistible, loveable, trouble though sometimes girls.

Up next: Calgary Fire Red MAA return to face up to their sisters in White on Sunday, December 16 at Henry Viney Arena, Calgary. Puck drop is at 16:45.

More action from the game

For more photos from the Alberta Female Hockey League Midget Elite game between Calgary Fire Red and Airdrie Lightning, please visit J. Ashley Nixon Communications.


For the latest information on the Midget AA Elite standings, please visit the Alberta Female Hockey League.

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