Blades in Shenzhen: Worcester Falls 6-0 in Game One

Worcester’s three game series vs. the Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays is underway as the Blades dropped game one by a score of 6-0.

Mariah Fujimagari got the start for Worcester, saving 31 of 37 shots against. Kimberly Newell on the Rays’ side saved all 18 shots she faced.

First Period

The Blades trailed early as Leah Lum scored just 1:15 into the game, with the assist coming from Zhixin Liu.

At the 6:18 mark, the Blades went on the penalty kill as Taryn Harris received a tripping call, but the Blades kept the score 1-0.

Photo by Mimi Murad

Worcester also saw two back-to-back power play opportunities this period with a holding call on Shenzhen’s Emma Woods and interference from Liu.

The personnel advantages didn’t bring any more goals, but the Rays struck with their second of the game seconds after Liu’s penalty ended. Rachel Llanes scored her second of the year to put the Blades behind 2-0 at the end of one.

Second Period

The score remained unchanged through the first five minutes in the second despite a Megan Myers breakaway opportunity.

Six minutes in, the Rays tallied their third goal of the game with Cayley Mercer and Hanna Bunton assisting on Hannah Miller’s goal.

Halfway through the period, the Blades received a power play opportunity after Michelle Ng took a body checking call.

Despite this, the period would end with Worcester down by 3.

Third Period

Two minutes into the period, the Rays added on to their lead with a goal from Madison Woo.

Emma Woods went on to collect a pair of goals herself at the 8:15 mark and the 12:26 mark.

Photo by Mimi Murad

No penalties were taken in this period as the clock would tick down to zero with the Blades falling in this one by a final score of 6-0.

Three Stars

  1. Cayley Mercer (Shenzhen)
  2. Kimberly Newell (Shezhen)
  3. Taryn Harris (Worcester)

Next Game

The Blades will face the Rays on Friday, November 9 at 6:30 a.m. EST (7:30 p.m. CST) for the second of three games on the China road trip. To stay up-to-date with the game as it happens, follow the Blades on Twitter, @WorcesterCWHL.

Merisa Boyd is the Director of Communications for the Worcester Blades. All media inquiries and requests should be sent to [email protected]