Blades Continue to Show Good Effort, but Drop Final Game of the Weekend to Furies

The Blades faced the Toronto Furies for the second time this season on Sunday where Boston Bruins mascot, Blades, stopped by for a visit.

The Blades scored first, but gave up two third period goals to the Furies to drop this one by a final score of 2-1.

First Period

Boston started out strong with a few scoring chances and less than 3 minutes in, would earn a power play after a hooking penalty on Toronto’s Danielle Gagne. The 5-on-4 advantage would end up being unsuccessful.

Toronto spent the next few minutes dominating the zone time, and earned a power play at the 9:29 mark after Michelle Ng took a roughing penalty. The Furies were also unsuccessful as Dahm stopped each shot she faced during the two-minute advantage.

Blades’ Dru Burns stood out defensively in this period as she blocked a shot with about 6 minutes left to keep her team in it. Boston would go shorthanded again a few seconds later as Sato Kikuchi took a high sticking penalty at 14:33.

Following the kill, Melissa Bizarri had a breakaway opportunity but sent the puck over the net. At 16:44, Furies’ Emily Fulton would take a hooking penalty sending the Blades on another power play opening up a scoring chance for Courtney Turner, but Toronto’s Sonja van der Bliek made the save.

Despite this, Boston opened the scoring with a goal by Megan Myers. Her third of the year was assisted by Kate Leary and Burns who each tallied their third assist on the season. The score would stand at 1-0 at intermission. Toronto led shots on goal with 11 while Boston tallied 6.

Second Period

Toronto opened the second period with two quick shots that Dahm saved. The Blades goaltender remained on point as she stoned a Toronto breakaway chance about 4 minutes into the period.

Meghan Grieves had a notable performance this period as she blocked a shot directly from the point, which then led to a scoring chance for the Blades.

The scoring opportunities went back and forth between the Furies and Blades and as the clock ticked down to one minute left, Toronto’s Sydney Kidd took a crosschecking penalty putting Boston on another power play. The period would end with the same 1-0 score, shots on goal in the period stood at 14 for Toronto and 7 for Boston.

Third Period

The Blades were unsuccessful in their final minute on the powerplay and the Furies’ Alexa Aramburu had a great scoring chance that Dahm stopped.

Shortly after, Boston’s Kate Leary went into boards awkwardly after chasing down the puck and had to be escorted off the ice by her teammates and team trainers. She did not return to the game.

The play continued to go back and forth for both teams as Dahm and van der Bliek stood strong to keep both teams scoreless.

This would last until Toronto tied the game up with Emily Fulton’s seventh goal of the season assisted by Carolyne Prevost at the 10:22 mark of the period.

The Blades had a 5-on-4 opportunity as Furies’ Carlee Campbell took an elbowing penalty one minute and 23 seconds later. The penalty would expire with the score remaining 1-1.

This wouldn’t last long as Prevost managed to score with 4 minutes and 2 seconds remaining in the game putting Toronto ahead for the first time during the weekend. Her seventh of the year was assisted by Wiliams and Fulton.

With just under 2 minutes to go, Boston emptied their net and used their time out to try to tie the game back up.

Bizarri had a chance with just over a minute to go, but the 6-on-5 advantage didn’t bring in the tying goal as the Blades would lose this one to the Furies by a final score of 2-1.

Post Game

Kristina Brown spoke after the game about what she’s liked about her team’s recent efforts and what she thinks the Blades could improve on moving forward.

Photo by Merisa Boyd.

“I liked the way our team played this entire weekend. After we picked up our first win yesterday, I think we’re starting to find our identity as a team and are really starting to come together in the new year,” she stated. “I think going into the next games and the rest of the season we now know we can win and need to just figure out how to do that the rest of the games.”

Three Stars

1 – Emily Fulton (Toronto)

2 – Meghan Grieves (Boston)

3 – Carolyne Prevost (Toronto)

Next Game

The Blades will be back in action at home on Saturday, January 27 vs. Kunlun Red Star at 8 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door and are now available online.

Merisa Boyd is the Media Relations Manager of the Boston Blades. All media inquiries and requests should be sent to [email protected]