January 12, 2019
A rearranged venue in Red Deer turned out to be a good thing for Calgary Fire Red on their road trip on Saturday. Not only did they come away with a win over the Chiefs but the team and associates got the chance to enjoy an afternoon inside the impressive Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre/Centre des Jeux du Gary W. Harris. This state-of-the-art facility was opened in August 2018 in time to host the Canada Winter Games that take place from February 15 to March 3, 2019. Located on the campus of Red Deer College, and superbly designed for teaching and learning as well as recreation, it will surely help in that institution’s bid for university status in the future.
Red Deer opened the scoring in the first period when Emma Meraw connected with a rebound from Fire Red goalie Rebecca Boswell’s pads. Fire Red evened things up three minutes later when defender Megan Dean made a nice move down the right wing, passing on to Kelly Stanford who fired the puck in stick side of Chiefs goalie, Madison McLaren.
In the second period, Fire Red hit the net twice in 25 seconds. The first was from a power play scored by Teah Workman, followed by an even-strength goal by Isobel Pettem-Shand. The Chiefs put the puck in the net in a power play six minutes later after the referee had blown his whistle. Some deep and meaningful conversation ensued amongst the officials; the decision was reversed and the goal was awarded.
Fire Red moved further ahead with their own power play goal after a shot fired in from the blue line by Jennifer Nixon was picked up on the rebound by Pettem-Shand (note: the goal was awarded to Adria Lubert). Red Deer came back again before the end of the second period with another power play goal to make it 4-3. Teah Workman got her second goal of the game in the final period, earning the Fire Red Player of the Game award.
Final score: Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs 3-5 Calgary Fire Red MAA
Song of the match
Some good tunes at the Canada Games Centre, none better than a ditty from Sweden just to prove there’s more to that country than Abba, Absolute, and Volvos. Here is some fine post-punk revival from 2000 by The Hives and Hate To Say I Told You So.
Up next: Calgary Fire Red MAA are back in Calgary for a game against St. Albert Sharks at Joseph Kryczka Arena, Southland Leisure Centre on Sunday, January 13, 2019 (13:00).
More action from the game
For more photos from the Alberta Female Hockey League Midget Elite game between Calgary Fire Red and Red Deer Sutter Fund Chiefs, please visit J. Ashley Nixon Communications.
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