Kaitlin Spurling Scores First of the Year as Montreal Takes First Game of the Weekend

The Worcester Blades faced Les Canadiennes de Montreal on Saturday night where Montreal won by a score of 7-1, leading in shots on goal 45-18.

Pregame

Lauren Dahm got the start for Worcester and Montreal countered with Marie-Soleil Deschenes.

Les Canadiennes were missing seven players from their roster due to the USA/Canada Rivalry Series. Ann-Sophie Bettez, Marie-Philip Poulin, Hilary Knight, Erin Ambrose, Emerance Maschmeyer, Jill Saulnier, and Genevieve Lacasse combine for 160 points for Montreal this season.

First Period

Montreal quickly retrieved the puck, and scored 21 seconds in. This came from Catherine Daoust. Her second of the year had assists from Karell Emard and Katia Clement-Heydra.

Courtney Turner answered with two solid shots on net about a minute later, but couldn’t find the back of the net.

After some defensive play turned into an offensive opportunity, Taryn Harris drew interference penalty on a partial breakaway. The Blades power play did not bring a tie score after sustaining the majority of the zone time during the two-minute advantage.

Dahm came up with a nifty glove stop to keep her team in it with 13 minutes remaining in the first. She followed this up with multiple split saves in a row.

Worcester tied the game up briefly with a goal from Kaitlin Spurling for her first of the season. Alexis Miller notched the assist.

The Blades would see this quickly fade away though as Montreal scored two back-to-back goals 23 seconds apart. The first came from Emard with Melanie Desrochers notching the second.

Worcester headed into the locker room down by two goals.

Second Period

Fujimagari entered the net to start the second.

Harris came in close to the net with a shot early, but Deschenes made the save.

The Blades continued with some offensive pressure as K. Spurling got an open shot off, but Deschenes made the block.

Shortly after, Tutino received a pass from Emmanuelle Blais and dangled around Fujimagari to score on a half open net at the 10:40 mark.

Clement-Hydra notched her second point of the game, scoring Montreal’s fifth goal two minutes and 46 seconds later.

Both teams saw opportunities, with Fujimagari making a notable right-to-left save, preventing another score.

That’s how the score remained, and both teams headed to the final intermission with Montreal leading in shots on goal 28-14.

Third Period

One minute and 35 seconds in, Melodie Daoust scored her eighth of the year assisted by Emard.

Morgan Turner took a tripping penalty, causing the Blades to go on their first penalty kill of the game.

M. Daoust kept it up, scoring her second and Montreal’s seventh of the game on the power play at the 7:27 mark. Emard notched another assist along with Lauriane Rogeau.

Demi Crossman took an interference penalty at the 11:54 mark, but the Blades played strong defensively and prevented another score.

With under three minutes remaining, Fujimagari made a series of stops and covered to slow down play in her defensive zone. The Blades followed this up with some brief offensive zone time, but couldn’t notch a second goal.

The clock wound down and the Blades fell in this one by a final score of 7-1.

Three Stars

1 – Kayla Tutino (Montreal)

2 – Mélodie Daoust (Montreal)

3 – Kaitlin Spurling (Worcester)

Next Game

The Blades take on Les Canadiennes one final time this season on Sunday, February 17 at 12:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door on game day.

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