The Worcester Blades dropped the second game of the weekend series against the Toronto Furies, falling to 0-4 on the season. The Sunday afternoon match ended in a score of 2-0 in favor of the Furies.
Starting for the Blades in net was Jessica Convery, after coming off a 33 save performance against Markham last weekend. For the Furies, Amanda Makela made her season debut.
Toronto got on the board 1:46 in as Shiann Darkangelo beat Convery on a wrist shot from the right circle. Brittany Howard assisted on the goal.
The Blades spent most of the next eight minutes in their own defensive zone, struggling to find their offensive rhythm. Convery made multiple close and point blank saves to keep the margin at one as the Furies piled on the pressure.
Toronto’s Renata Fast was called for hooking at 10:10, giving the Blades their first power play of the game. Morgan Turner generated a nice scoring chance, ripping a slap shot from the point, but Makela made the save.
The Furies held on to kill the penalty and took a 2-0 lead shortly after at 13:58. Darkangelo buried her second goal of the game cleaning up a rebound when Fast’s initial shot sat in the crease. Julie Allen also assisted on the goal.
The Blades managed to get some good zone time during the remainder of the period but couldn’t find the back of the net. The score after one: 2-0 Toronto. The Furies put 11 shots on goal and the Blades 10.
Lauren Dahm took over for Convery in net at the start of the second period. This was a franchise record moment for Dahm, making her 52nd CWHL appearance for the Blades.
Lauren Dahm is now in net for the Blades in place of Jessica Convery #WORvsTOR
— Worcester Blades (@WorcesterCWHL) October 21, 2018
The Blades earned an early period power play as Julia Fedeski was called for interference at 2:45. However, the Furies held the defensive zone well and prevented a score.
Worcester kept up the pressure though, getting a nice shot on net from the blue line, looking for the point blank second chance. However, Makela was able to hold her pads tight and prevent the opportunity.
Nine minutes in, Dahm made a great point blank save on a redirected shot by Natalie Spooner, who scored twice in Saturday’s game.
Courtney Turner generated a nice rebound opportunity at 11:45, but Makela kept it under reins, allowing her defense to clear it from the crease.
Carolyne Prevost had a great chance to extend the lead for Toronto as she had a breakaway twelve minutes in, but Dahm made the glove side save.
Kristina Brown was called for body checking at 14:26, receiving a two minute minor and a ten minute misconduct penalty. The minor was served by Shannon Hickey.
Before the whistle was called, the Furies managed to generate extended zone time utilizing the extra attacker. It appeared the Furies had scored on a high shot but the referee ruled it hit the crossbar.
During the ensuing power play, Toronto managed to generate multiple close up chances, but Dahm held strong, stopping every shot.
The rest of the period saw both teams trading chances and scoring opportunities, but the score remained the same as it did after one.
Julie Allen was called for slashing as the buzzer sounded, which gave the Blades a much needed power play to start the third.
Toronto had 7 shots on the period, totaling 18 and the Blades made 10, totaling 20.
Despite the power play to open the period, the Blades were unable to take advantage and remained down by a pair. They then took a penalty of their own as Megan Myers was called for roughing at 1:58. However, they too were able to kill off the penalty as Dahm made a great stick save on the open side in the crease.
Kaitlin Spurling had a great chance with a wrist shot on the doorstep at six minutes in, but Makela made the pad stop to keep the Blades off the board.
For the next six minutes, Dahm continued to be stout in net, making multiple saves and preventing second chance opportunities as the Furies generated extended offensive zone time.
The Blades answered back midway through the period as Megan Myers ripped a slapshot from the dot but Makela made the glove save.
Rebecca Fleming had a good scoring chance fourteen minutes in, just missing the backhand shot from the slot after receiving the pass from Grieves behind the net.
The Blades kept up the pressure in the final minutes, trying desperately to get within striking distance. They put up multiple shots on Makela but just couldn’t beat her as she secured the shutout for the Furies.
Final score: 2-0, the Furies shot 9 on net in the final period, totaling 27 and the Blades put up 13, totaling 33. Convery saved nine of eleven shots and Dahm saved all sixteen she faced.
Third Star – Lauren Dahm (Worcester goaltender)
Second Star – Amanda Makela (Toronto goaltender)
First Star – Shiann Darkangelo (Toronto forward)
— Giants in the Crease (@CreaseGiants) October 21, 2018
After the game, Lauren Dahm talked about breaking the franchise record for most appearances as a goalie.
“It was the last thing on my mind. I just feel honored to stand behind this team that many times over the past couple years. Every time I get the chance to, it’s really special.”
Dahm also focused on what the team needs to do in order to play better next week against Calgary.
“Just capitalizing on our opportunities, because we had [Toronto] yesterday and today. Putting more pucks in the net is the only way we’re gonna win. If we keeping working hard and taking advantage of when we get opportunities, that will help us a lot.”
The Blades take on the Calgary Inferno in a two game series next weekend at the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center, with a 6:00 pm puck drop Saturday and 12:30 pm on Sunday. Tickets are available here as well as at the door.
To stay up to date with next weekend’s game coverage as well as throughout the season, be sure to follow the Blades on Twitter @WorcesterCWHL.
Zach Bamberger is a Communications Intern for the Worcester Blades. All media requests and inquiries should be sent to Merisa Boyd, Director of Communications, at [email protected]