CALGARY, AB -- With their two-game sweep over the Brampton Thunder last weekend, the Calgary Inferno have punched their ticket to the Clarkson Cup Final in Ottawa, ON on Mar. 13.
The Inferno picked up 4-2 and 4-3 wins, respectively, over the Thunder in the best-of-three series. Goaltender Delayne Brian posted a 2.50 GAA and a .904 save percentage in the pair of games while Rebecca Johnston led her team in scoring with two goals and five points against the Thunder.
Calgary, who went 16-6-2 in the regular season, will now face the Les Canadiennes du Montreal, the Canadian Women Hockey League's top team in the 2015-16 campaign (21-3-0). Montreal dispatched the Toronto Fluries in two games in their playoff match-up.
"We know what to expect from Montreal, they’re a hard fought team with tons of skill and they’re going to do everything they can to beat us," Inferno Bailey Bram told the team's website. "We have to be prepared and stick to what we’ve been doing all year, and what we have done to have success."
Montreal's roster features the top two scorers in the Clarkson Cup playoffs, Caroline Ouellette (4 goals, 8 points) and Marie-Philip Poulin (3 goals, 7 points), and the postseason's top netminder Charline Labonte, who posted a 1.00 GAA and a .933 save percentage.
When sizing up their opposition, Bram pointed towards similarities between Brampton and Montreal and how well the Inferno's defence handled the Thunder.
"Brampton has a ton of skill on their team. They have Rattray, Birchard, and Fortino; we were able to shut them down when we needed to, and I think we can do that against Montreal too," Bram said.
Calgary and Montreal met six times during the regular season, with the Inferno winning two of those games.
Next weekend's Clarkson Cup Final will air live on Sportsnet on Sunday at 2:00 PM MT.