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Preview: Team Alberta vs. Toronto Furies

Friday, 30.11.2012 / 1:28 PM / News
By Torie Peterson  - CalgaryFlames.com (@toriepeterson)

CALGARY, AB -- On Saturday night, the Calgary Flames and Scotiabank will host the battle between Team Alberta and the Toronto Furies at 7:45 PM at WinSport, bringing fans elements from an NHL game night entertainment package while charging no admission.

As of Friday afternoon, Team Alberta has dropped three games to the Furies in the six-game season series, being outscored 10-2 in the process. The two will meet again on Sunday at 12:00 PM at WinSport.

PLAYER TO WATCH: TEAM ALBERTA

Meaghan Mikkelson - Mikkelson leads the Team Alberta defensive corps in scoring with two goals and 11 points in 15 games this season and is a constant offensive threat. This should come as no surprise as the St. Albert, AB product began her career as a forward. She moved to the blueline at the beginning of the 2005-06 season when she was a member of the University of Wisconsin Badgers.

Mikkelson can be described as a "total package" player. She is an extremely strong skater, handles the puck very well and has excellent finishing skills. In addition to her offensive prowess, she is very solid in her own end of the rink.

PLAYER TO WATCH: TORONTO FURIES

Tessa Bonhomme - The Toronto captain has been a pillar of strength on the blueline for the Furies since joining the club last season. Like Mikkelson, Bonhomme brings a strong offensive element to the game. She has four points in nine games this season and in 24 games last year, Bonhomme potted four goals and notched 16 points.

Many remember Bonhomme's incredible performance in the gold medal game against the US in the 2010 Olympics. Her smart play, catching the Americans on the bad line change, led to Caroline Ouelette's game-winning goal.

THE PARTNERSHIP

On Nov. 13, 2012, the Flames announced their partnership with Team Alberta. The team will be branded with the Flames colors of red, yellow, black and white and Calgary's unique striping pattern. Pants, socks, helmets and gloves will also be a direct match to the Calgary Flames classic home and away uniforms.

The Flames will also look to help grow women’s’ hockey through marketing, social media, ticketing, sponsorship and player community involvement opportunities. An immediate special offer is now available to all Flames, Hitmen, Roughnecks and Stampeders season ticket holders for the remainder of the 2012-13 CWHL season. By showing your season ticket holder identification, you can receive complimentary access to any of Team Alberta’s home games at WinSport.

"We are proud of our new partnership with Team Alberta and to support women’s hockey through this sponsorship with the CWHL", said Flames President & CEO Ken King. "It will be especially exciting to see some of the best players in the world compete in our own backyard, call Calgary home and to do so while wearing the traditional colors of the Flames. We are honored to welcome them to the Flames family and look forward to celebrating their success both on and off the ice."