The Blades welcome the Calgary Inferno to Worcester for a two game series this weekend. Here is everything you need to know before they take to the ice.
The Toronto Furies bested the Blades in both games of a hard fought series last weekend, as the Blades dropped the puck for their first games at the Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center. Toronto secured the victories by scores of 2-1 and 2-0.
The lone goal for the Blades was buried by Casey Stathopolous, her second of the young season. Mariah Fujimagari put up a strong effort in game one, saving 42 of 44 shots.
Lauren Dahm was perfect in relief of Jessica Convery, who started game two but allowed two goals on 11 shots. Dahm saved 16 in her franchise record breaking 52nd appearance as the Blades’ net minder.
The Blades host the Inferno for the first of two series on the season and the only time in Worcester; the teams won’t meet again until February, in Calgary. The upcoming games this weekend are scheduled for Saturday with a puck drop at 6:00 p.m. and Sunday at 12:30 p.m.
A Look at the Inferno
Calgary is currently tied for first place in the standings with Montreal, each with an identical 3-1-0 record. The Inferno have won their last three, splitting with the Candiennes in their first series and besting the Rays in a two game set last weekend. They beat Vanke by scores of 2-0 and 6-1.
Calgary Player to Watch:
#14 Brianna Decker (Forward)
The former Boston Blade and Clarkson Cup champion returned to the CWHL after spending last year competing for the United States and securing the gold medal at the 2018 Olympics. She spent the previous two years with the Boston Pride in the National Women’s Hockey League, where she was named Most Valuable Player in both years. Decker currently leads the Inferno in goals scored with three in four games.
Worcester Player to Watch:
#15 Megan Myers (Forward)
A fellow rookie teammate of Decker’s on the 2015 Clarkson Cup championship team, Myers was one of the top scorers for the Blades last season, netting three goals and nine points in 20 games. She assisted on Stathopolous’ goal in Markham and had some quality chances during last weekend’s series against the Furies.
How to Follow This Weekend’s Games:
To stay up to date with this weekend’s game coverage, be sure to follow the Blades on Twitter. Tickets to both of these games to be played at Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center are available online here as well as at the door.
Zach Bamberger is a Communications Intern for the Worcester Blades. All media inquiries and requests should be sent to Merisa Boyd, Director of Communications, [email protected]