MARLBORO, MA- The Toronto Furies handed the Boston Blades the unwelcome holiday present that is defeat Sunday as the visitors from the north won 4-0.
The Furies struck quickly as Natalie Spooner fed Tanis Lamoureux with a great pass and she beat Boston goalie Genevieve Lacasse at 5:50. Not long afterward, Toronto’s Ashton Hogan fed it across the front of the net quickly to Sarah Stevenson and Lacasse couldn’t get over to stop the shot at 6:35. Jessica Vella also picked up an assist on the well executed score.
In the second things went from not good to double not good as Boston did not use a power play to good effect. Seconds after it ended Vella swept all the way up the ice, sliced in front and scored amidst a scrum. The assists were awarded to Shannon Moulson and Lamoureux on the crushing goal.
In the third period Emily Fulton helped to put the game away when she ended up right in front and whapped the puck past Lacasse for a 4-0 lead with eight minutes left in the game. She was assisted by Kori Cheverie and Carolyne Prevost.
The Blades played the game without a Megan Myers, and Dru Burns, and Tara Watchorn who was present for part of the game at one point did not return giving the home team a disadvantage above the usual.
Boston avoided being penalized, but was unable to capitalize on any of the four power plays that Toronto gave them. In fact Toronto had some solid short handed tries that looked better than anything Boston could put together with the skater advantage.
Genevieve Lacasse was her usual excellent self however, despite giving up four goals she was shelled throughout the game and came up with save after save making 56 on 60 shots. Toronto’s Sonja van der Bliek made 31 saves shutting out the Blades despite some credible efforts from Boston, though the Furies clearly had far more quality chances than their hosts.
Prevost the lethal Spooner, Vella, Fulton, and the overall Toronto attack were relentless during the game and most of their teammates on the blue and white had at least a few chances as well. The depleted Blades did give it their all with Erin Kickham, Sadie & Clare St. Germain, Megan Shea, Kristina Brown, and others certainly trying to get something going but to no avail.
The Blades now have 15 losses and 1 shoot out win. The Furies have 4 wins, 9 losses and a shoot out loss to their name.