Weekend Preview: All-Star Lauren Williams and Blades Head to Toronto

Worcester is heading into their second of three road trips for the month of December. Next stop: Toronto.

But first, the Blades have some All-Star news.

League News

The CWHL announced round one and two of the players participating in the 2019 All-Star Game this week. Featured for the Blades is rookie defender, Lauren Williams.

Graphic provided by the CWHL. 

The All-Star Game will be hosted on Sunday, Jauary 20, 2019 at Scotiabank Arena thanks to a partnership with the Toronto Maple Leafs of the National Hockey League. More information on tickets can be found here.

Recent Games

The Blades are coming off a trip to Montreal where they fell in both games. Despite the losses, goaltending has remained as strong as possible with Lauren Dahm, Mariah Fujimagari, and Jetta Rackleff all appearing last weekend. Collectively, they saved 88 of the 101 shots faced.

The Furies are coming off a split series with Markham on the last weekend of November where they lost game one by a score of 5-2, and won game two by a score of 4-3.

This Weekend

Worcester sits at 0-13 on the season with Toronto just above them in the standings with a 4-7 record. The Blades are looking to snap their winless streak for the season as they’re almost about to round out the calendar year.

Toronto is hosting two special events for both games starting with You Can Play Night on Saturday and a celebration of Japan on Sunday.

Toronto Player to Watch

Natalie Spooner  (Forward)

Tied with Sarah Nurse for a team leading 11 points, Spooner is a two-time Canadian Olympic medalist and will be playing in this year’s All-Star Game as well. She tallied 4 points in Toronto’s last series vs. Markham and is in her seventh CWHL season.

Worcester Player to Watch

Jetta Rackleff (Goaltender)

Rackleff is in her third CWHL season and has made four appearances so far in 2018, all against Les Canadiennes de Montreal. She’s faced 104 shots this year and has saved 92. Coming off an injury last season, she’s provided even more defensive security for Worcester alongside Dahm, Fujimagari, and Jessica Convery.

How to Follow this Weekend’s Games

To follow the Blades in action this weekend, be sure to follow the team on Twitter. Fans in the Toronto area can purchase tickets to their You Can Play Night and Japan Celebration here.