December 16, 2018
It took a shootout to decide the third Fire derby on Sunday at Henry Viney Arena. In another fast-paced game between the Calgary sister teams, Fire White was steaming ahead and looking out of reach by the time the second period got underway. They scored twice in the first period, with goals by Emily Baldwin and Emma Dousett. Then within three minutes of the second starting, Mila Preville made it 3-0. It was looking like lights out for the Reds but then they found the switch and hit it back on. Hard.
With three minutes on the clock, Kaitlyn Severson skated down the right wing and passed across the front of the net to Jennifer Nixon who tapped in past White goalie Cienna Kinghorn’s blocker. Sixteen seconds later, the defenders were attacking again. Katie Maloney blasted the puck from the right-hand face-off circle to beat Kinghorn glove-side. The game was heading into contention but in another setback for the Red’s, Preville got her second goal from a power play three minutes into the final period.
With great character, the Red girls kept at their game plan and pushed hard again on what must have felt like up-hill ice. Isobel Pettem-Shand got in front of the net and delivered the puck back to Jayna Barnden who struck it hard under Kinghorn’s glove hand. With just over three minutes to go, Pettem-Shand got on the scoresheet again, this time with her own shot, fired blocker side, assisted by Severson, her second point of the game. That tied it up 4-4. With no resolution in extra time, the game went to a shootout.
Preville made good with the first shot for White giving her a hat trick for the game. Severson was up first for the Reds but was checked out by a nice pad save by Kinghorn. Dousett was denied by Red goalie, Rebecca Boswell with a glove save and Teah Workman’s attempted five-hole didn’t fool Kinghorn. Jessica Younker was up next for White and hit the crossbar. The game was down to one shot from Kelly Stanford. She went blocker side but the puck dipped out wide of the net. The referee signalled “no goal” and that was it, another league game win for White over Red.
Final score: Calgary Fire White MAA 5-4 Calgary Fire Red MAA
Song of the match
DJ Dale was smacking the waves with hard stuff, like a double dose of seasonal Baileys in your Tim Hortons coffee. No better than a classic single from English heavies, Iron Maiden’s third studio album The Number of the Beast. Here’s the link to the song of the match for all you metal fans. Get the tom toms rumbling, sychronize your voice and guitar, and run for your life. Here it is: Run to the Hills
Up next: That’s a wrap for 2018. The next game is on January 5 versus Rocky Mountain Raiders at Scott Seaman Sports Arena. Happy New Year hockey fans!
More action from the game
For more photos from the Alberta Female Hockey League Midget Elite game between Calgary Fire Red and Calgary Fire White, please visit J. Ashley Nixon Communications.
For the latest information on the Midget AA Elite standings, please visit the Alberta Female Hockey League.