By David F. Pendrys
WINTHROP, MA- The Boston Blades saw their lead evaporate in the third period amidst a lass minute Toronto Furies for a disappointing end to a solid weekend of hockey. The Blades had defeated the Furies for their first win of the season the night before 4-2. Lauren Dahm made 37 saves on Toronto’s 39 shots continuing her solid play over the past two seasons for Boston. Toronto’s Sonja van der Bliek made 18 saves on Boston’s 19 shot also putting up a strong day in net.
Boston struck first on the power play at 18:06 in the first as Kate Leary launched a shot from the top of the zone. The rebound bounced off van der Bliek right to Megan Myers who launched it under the keeper. Dru Burns also picked up an assist.
Each team held each other scoreless until halfway through the third. Emily Fulton suddenly found herself with a clear shot and launched it into the net assisted by Caroline Prevost. At 15:58 the Furies took advantage of a defensive breakdown to rush in on Dahm. She made the initial save from a shot by Hayley Williams but Prevost put back the rebound from the other side with Fulton picking up another assist. Boston would pull Dahm but the Furies held them off for the 2-1 win to earn the split.
- Erin Kickham and Casey Stathopoulos had a large amount of zone entries on the day and many of these resulted in scoring chances.
- Courtney Turner, Michelle Ng, Megan Myers, Meghan Grieves, and Kate Leary were noted having several chances each. Grieves even took it end to end at one point.
- Turner and Erin Hall disrupted several scoring chances on the defensive side.
- The Captains, Melissa Bizzari and Myers had a variety of defensive stops and exits, including Bizzari whisking it out of the goal mouth.
- Kickham and Ng also had several zone exits.
- Carolyne Prevost had a wide variety of zone entries throughout the game, and also dived late in the game to block a Boston scoring chance.
- Jenna Dingeldein created several scoring opportunities, as did Fulton, and Michelle Saunders. Dingeldein also had a short handed try on the PK.
- Former NWHLers Sydney Kidd and Hayley Williams were noted on both sides of the ice, each creating chances offensively.
- Jessica Platt and Alexa Aramburu also had several zone entries. And Aramburu and Cassidy Delainey each had steals in the offensive zone that led to scoring opportunities.
- Carlee Campbell had several defensive zone exits including an end to end play. She also disrupted several Blades scoring chances.
- Brooke Beazer and Danielle Gagne also interrupted several Blades attempts to setup in the zone. Ella Stewart and Kidd also flummoxed some Blades tries.
The Blades are now 1-14-0-0-2 and the Furies rise to 4-11-1-0-1. The Furies host Kunlun next week at home. The Blades are off until January 27th when they host Kunlun at home as well.
Blades Co-Captain Melissa Bizzari added reaction to the game, the weekend, and the season so far.
Lauren Dahm spoke as well about the team’s progress and the weekend.
More information to be posted soon.
These are plays that are noticed during game play. They are not exhaustive. A lot are missed. It ‘s just what is seen. Read any of these as “at least” rather than “total”.Rather than write these out I am providing the raw notes. (A scoring chance doesn’t necessarily generate a shot. I only list the same scoring chance once in a player’s section.) [There are fewer notes than usual due to the cold conditions.]
Key: (If you see one of these letters under a column it means the following.)
A – Led to a scoring chance. TA – Led to a team scoring chance. SC – Scoring Chance TSC – Team Scoring Chance ZE – Zone Entry O – Taken out of D-Zone S – Sent out of D-Zone GM – Out of goal mouth F- Fought it out of D-Zone. N – Led to a zone entry. NA – Led to a zone entry and scoring chance. PK- On PK PP – On PP C- Centering Pass DT – Led to a defensive start. NA- Led to a zone entry and scoring chances.
Boston (Larger version here.)
Toronto (Larger version here.)