Worcester’s road weekend wrap up: Rackleff makes two appearances vs. Montreal

The Blades faced Les Canadiennes de Montreal this past weekend and dropped both games by final scores of 6-1 and 7-0.

This puts the Blades at 0-12 on the season as they continue the month of December on the road.

Game One

Lauren Dahm got the start in this one, making 39 saves on 44 shots. Jetta Rackleff also saw some ice time, coming in just before the half way mark of the third period. She made 10 of 11 possible saves.

Emerance Maschmeyer started in net for Montreal, making 14 saves on 15 shots.

First Period

This one started off with a Blades power play almost immediately as Montreal took a bench minor for having too many players on the ice, but the score remained 0-0.

Dahm was tested early in the game on her side, where she made a tremendous save on Montreal’s Hilary Knight.

At the 5:47 mark, Montreal tallied their first goal scored by Marie-Philip Poulin. Erin Ambrose had the assist.

The physical play of these two teams seen in Worcester continued in Montreal as Morgan Turner took an interference penalty (11:52), Maude Gelinas went to the box for high sticking (18:24), and Ambrose also took an interference penalty (19:50).

The advantages in this period all ended with no change to the score and the teams ended the first period with Montreal leading 1-0.

Second Period

Les Canadiennes tallied two goals in the second period coming from Karell Emard and Gelinas. Emard’s goal was a shorthanded one as Ambrose’s first period penalty carried over.

Both Morgan Turner (3:51) and Courtney Turner (19:08) took hooking calls this period, but the Blades held their own in both penalty kill situations. The second period ended with Montreal up 3-0.

Third Period

The penalties continued in the third with Emard receiving a hooking call (1:40), Meaghan Turner for delay of game (13:47), and Emard for roughing (17:12).

Emard, Poulin, and Lauriane Rougeau tallied Montreal’s final 3 goals in this one with Rougeau’s coming on a power play.

At the 14:52 mark, the Blades tallied their first goal of the game. Meghan Grieves scored her second of the year with the assist coming from Courtney Turner.

The Blades would drop game one by a final score of 6-1.

Game Two

Mariah Fujimagari started in net for the Blades with Rackleff making her second appearance of the weekend in the second period. Fujimagari saved 18 of 25 shots, and Rackleff stopped all 21 shots she faced.

Marie-Soleil Deschenes was the starting netminder for Les Canadiennes, saving all 9 shots she faced, with none coming to her in the third period.

First Period

Montreal got off to a quick scoring start with three goals coming in the first 10 minutes of the period. These came from Ambrose and Lefort (2).

23 seconds after the half way mark, Gelinas scored her second of the weekend with Kim Deschenes scoring less than two minutes later.

Courtney Turner took a slashing penalty at the 12:47 mark and Poulin went to the box for tripping at 15:32. The period ended with Worcester finding themselves down 5-0 after 20 minutes.

Second Period

Alexis Miller took a hooking call five minutes and 15 seconds into the second. Montreal capitalized on the opportunity with a power play goal scored by Ann-Sophie Bettez.

Les Canadiennes tallied their seventh goal of the game after a Poulin shot found the back of the net.

Rackleff headed into the game shortly after, where she faced and saved 21 shots.

Third Period

Courtney Turner took an interference penalty in the third, but the score sheet remained otherwise blank for the remainder of the period.

The Blades headed back to Worcester after falling in the final game of the weekend by a score of 7-0.

The Road Ahead

Worcester continues their month of road trips in Toronto this weekend to face the Furies on Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9. Blades fans in the Toronto area can purchase tickets to these games here.