The Blades wrapped up their three game series in Shenzhen, China this weekend where they fell in game three by a final score of 10-1.
The team’s scoreless streak on the power play came to an end in the first period with Jessica Convery getting the start for Worcester. She stopped 10 of the 14 shots she faced. Mariah Fujimagari also saw some time, coming in at the 7:43 mark of the second. She stopped 18 of 24.
Kimberly Newell played the first two periods for Vanke where she saved 11 of 12. Yuqing Wang came in for the start of the third where she didn’t face a shot on goal.
Vanke’s Kayley Mercer took a tripping penalty four minutes and 15 seconds in giving the Blades a power play chance. Here, they scored their first power play goal of the season with Erin Kickham’s first of the year assisted by Meghan Grieves and Morgan Turner.
The Rays were able to tie the game up about 8 minutes later with Alex Carpenter’s fifth of the season.
Mercer was able to give Vanke the lead three minutes and 30 seconds later, and the Blades would head into intermission down 2-1.
Vanke came out swinging to start the second frame as Stephanie Anderson scored 58 seconds in to make it 3-1.
They would add on another goal at the 7:43 mark. This one came from Hanna Bunton for her third of the year. Fujimagari then replaced Convery in net for the Blades.
Lauren Williams was called for holding at the 8:09 mark, putting Worcester on the penalty kill which they were able to kill off.
Halfway through the period, Hannah Miller tallied Vanke’s fifth goal of the game with the assists coming from Mercer and Bunton.
Anderson went on to score her second of the game before the end of the period putting the Blades down by a score of 6-1 heading into the the locker room.
The Blades continued to be under fire in the third period as Miller got the assist from Bunton for the Rays’ seventh goal of the game at the 1:19 mark.
Rachel Llanes tallied Vanke’s eighth of the game at the 5:31 mark for her third goal of the year. The assists came from Mercer and Xin Fang.
Worcester saw another penalty kill disadvantage just before the half way mark when they were caught with 6 players on the ice. They killed this one off, but one minute and 10 seconds later, Vanke would tally their ninth goal. This one came from Lu Wen for her first of the season.
With less than four minutes to go, Carpenter added on the second goal of the game for herself, putting Vanke up by a final score of 10-1.
- Baiwei Yu (Vanke)
- Hannah Miller (Vanke)
- Cayley Mercer (Vanke)
The Blades will be back home on November 17 vs. Les Canadiennes de Montreal. Fans can catch this game at the DCU Center at 3:30 p.m. This game is the first half of a double header featuring the Worcester Railers.
For more information regarding how to see both games for the price of one ticket, please visit this page.
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