Worcester’s Road Weekend Wrap Up: Four Goalie Appearances, Morgan Turner Continues Scoring

The Blades were in Markham last weekend to face the Thunder, where they fell in both games by final scores of 4-1 and 6-1. This puts the Blades at 0-17 on the season as they close out the 2018 calendar year.

All four goalies on the roster made appearances for the Blades throughout the weekend, collectively stopping 90 shots. It was a weekend for all three Turners on the roster as they made up the scoring sheet for both Blades’ goals with one coming from Courtney and another from Morgan with an assist from Meghan.

Game One

Mariah Fujimagari started in goal for the Blades, playing the first two periods. She made 26 saves on 28 shots. Jessica Convery came in for the third, saving 12 of 14.

Erica Howe earned the win in net for Markham, saving 22 of 23.

First Period

It was a mostly quiet first as both teams remained at even strength throughout.

Markham brought in a goal shortly after the halfway mark of the period. Laura Fortino scored her third of the year with assists from Kelly Gribbons and Megan Bozek.

Second Period

Lauren Williams was called for hooking at the 4:13 mark, but the Thunder power play quickly turned to 4-on-4 with Kristen Richards taking her own hooking call at 5:04.

The spread out ice lead to the only goal of the period. Victoria Bach made it 2-0 for Markham at 5:16.

Third Period

The Thunder extended their lead to 3-0 just over a minute into the final frame with a goal from Jenna McParland.

Shannon Hickey took a tripping penalty at the 1:41 mark, but the score remained the same through the Markham personnel advantage.

Jamie Lee Rattray was called for slashing at 3:14 while Bozek and Demi Crossman received matching slashing penalties at 6:10. The 3-0 score remained throughout.

At 9:03, Rattray made the game 4-0 with her sixth goal of the year.

Worcester avoided the shutout in the final few minutes with Courtney Turner’s first of the season assisted by Meghan Grieves and Nicole Anderson.

Crossman and Richards both headed to the box with matching penalties for roughing after the whistle in the last two minutes of the game, but even with the 4-on-4 chance, both teams were done scoring.

The Blades fell in this one by a final score of 4-1.

Game Two

Lauren Dahm got the start in net for the Blades in this one. Jetta Rackleff then headed in at the 10:46 mark of the second period. Dahm saved 23 out of 28 shots she faced while Rackleff saved 29 out of 30.

Liz Knox got the win for the Thunder, making 25 saves on 26 shots faced.

First Period

Markham got off to an early start with a McParland goal scored 1:32 in. This was followed up quickly with 2 more goals from the Thunder. The second of the game came from Nicole Brown while the third came from McParland for her second of the game.

Meghan Turner headed to the box for high sticking at 8:20, putting Worcester on a penalty kill they’d fight off.

The Thunder took the next two penalties as Ailish Forfar was called for tripping at 11:18 and Gina Rapaci went to the box for body checking at 14:10.

Victoria Bach added to the score in between this, scoring her 11th of the season at 13:28.

The Blades headed into the locker room after one down by four.

Second Period

No penalties made for another quick period at Thornhill Community Centre. The Thunder managed to add to their lead, bringing the score to 5-0 with Brooke Webster’s first of the year.

Third Period

Webster tallied another goal for the Thunder at the 8:24 mark for Markham’s sixth of the game.

Becca King took a body checking penalty at 12:09 for Markham, but the Blades weren’t able to get one on the power play.

Worcester again avoided the shutout with an even strength goal. Morgan Turner’s third goal in four games, assisted by Meghan Turner, brought the score to 6-1 at 17:23 in the period.

Courtney Turner went to the box for hooking at 18:23, but the Blades defended the Thunder power play and the horn sounded with a final score of 6-1 for Markham.

Heading Home

The Blades will have the next two weeks off before playing back home at Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center on January 5, 6, and 9.

They’ll begin a three-game series vs. the Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays where they’ll hope to have a similar result to last year of snapping their loss streak at the beginning of a new year. Tickets to these upcoming games can be found here.