Blades in Shenzhen: Strong Start for Worcester in 4-1 Loss

The Blades took on the Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays for the second of three games on the China road trip on Friday where they fell by a final score of 4-1.

Kimberly Newell was between the pipes for the Rays, where she made 10 saves on the 11 shots she took.

Lauren Dahm got the start in net for Worcester. She made 29 of 32 saves, but was pulled halfway through the third where Fujimagari made 6 saves of 7 shots faced.

Photo by Mimi Murad

First Period

The game started with a lot of back and forth offensive play with Dahm and Newell standing strong.

At the 7:05 mark, the Blades scoreless streak would come to an end with a goal from Meghan Grieves for her first of the year. Demi Crossman shot the puck from the point where Grieves was able to tip it in. Taryn Harris also factored into the play with the secondary assist.

For the remainder of the period, the Blades saw a couple offensive opportunities and did well to keep the puck to the outside when they were in their own end. Dahm stopped all 10 shots she faced and the Blades headed into the locker room up by 1.

Photo by Mimi Murad

Second Period

The Blades held on to the lead up until the clock lost just 10 seconds at the start of the period. Hanna Bunton scored her second of the year with the assist from Rose Alleva.

23 seconds later, the Blades went on the penalty kill as Megan Myers was called for body checking.  Despite a lot of pressure from Vanke, Worcester held strong to keep the score 1-1.

The theme of back and forth play remained throughout his period, even with the Blades facing another penalty kill situation with Courtney Turner going to the box for interference at the 16 minute mark.

As the clock ticked down to zero, the score remained tied at 1 with Vanke leading in total shots on goal, 23-6.

Third Period

The Blades were in their defensive zone for the first few minutes of the final frame. Michelle Ng took advantage of this opportunity for the Rays and trickled an unassisted shot just over Dahm’s right shoulder to make the score 2-1.

A little over a minute later, Vanke made the score 3-1. This goal came from Alex Carpenter. Her fourth of the year had assists coming from Melanie Jue and Leah Lum.

With just over 9 minutes to go in the third, Mariah Fujimagari stepped in for Dahm, who stopped 29 of the 32 shots she faced.

At the 11:49 mark, the Rays scored their fourth of the game. This goal came from Cayley Mercer with an Emma Woods assist.

Despite some offensive pressure in the final two minutes, the Blades weren’t able to score again and dropped this one by a final score of 4-1.

Photo by Mimi Murad

Three Stars

  1. Alex Carpenter (Vanke)

2. Hanna Bunton (Vanke)

3. Meghan Grieves  (Worcester)

Next Game

The Blades take on the Rays for the final game of the series in China on Saturday at 1:30 a.m. EST (2:30 p.m. CST).

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