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Toronto Furies lose weekend series against the Calgary Inferno

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The Furies lost both games but it wasn't all bad.

Chris Tanouye | CWHL

It was a tough weekend for the Furies. They took on the league-leading Calgary Inferno and dropped both games. Toronto now has just three points in eight games this season.

Saturday, November 21st, 3-0 loss

Boxscore

Toronto got shut out of the Saturday game. Goaltender Christina Kessler didn't have the best game, letting in three goals on 27 shots, good for a .889 SV%. That said, she didn't have a whole lot of help.

The Furies didn't look great. Calgary's speed and skill up front gave them trouble. There were stretches of the game where the Inferno controlled play.  Toronto was undisciplined, too, taking eight penalties, and they just can't give a team like Calgary that many powerplay opportunities. On Jessica Campbell's goal (right), two Furies converge on Bailey Bram, leaving Campbell wide open in front of the net.

Jill Saulnier and Blayre Turnbull were Calgary's other goalscorers.

There were a lot of positives in this game despite the undisciplined play. They limited Calgary to just 27 shots even counting the eight powerplays. Calgary is averaging over 40 shots per game this season, and the shots were pretty even in this one (27 to 25), even if it didn't seem like it at times. It's possible that Calgary simply missed a tonne of shots, but Saturday's low shot count is promising.

The third star of the night, Jess Vella, had some great chances, including a great breakaway that nearly ended up in the net. Furies are going to need that kind of offensive production from their depth players.

Sunday, November 22nd, 3-2 loss

Boxscore

I have to report from the boxscore because the game wasn't streamed. Natalie Spooner scored twice, but it wasn't enough for the Furies to pull out a win. Kessler played a good bounce-back game and gave the Furies a chance to win. Spooner and her linemates (Alyssa Baldin and Emily Fulton) had great games.

The score was closer than last game, but the boxscore makes it feel like the Furies played worse. They gave up 42 shots, including 19 in the first period, despite taking two fewer penalties.

Elana Lovell, Hayley Wickenheiser, and Louise Warren were Inferno's goal scorers.

The Good

  • Spooner is an incredible player, though that shouldn't be a surprise to anyone. Baldin is doing well on her line. Kelly Terry is officially back from injury and centering the second line.
  • Kessler is having a great year. She has a .923 SV% in seven games.
  • Forward Jenelle Kohanchuk is still injured (bad) but she's bound to come back at some point and give this team a much needed offensive boost (good).

The Bad

  • The Furies are starved for offense. They have just 13 goals in eight games. The top three teams all have 28 or more (including Les Canadiennes in two fewer games played)
  • Injured forward Julie Allen is not close to returning. She's out until January, at the earliest.
  • The schedule doesn't get easier for the Furies. Their next two opponents are Montreal and Calgary, both are teams with only one loss this season.

Stay tuned tomorrow for the Brampton Thunder weekend wrap!