Worcester’s Weekend Wrap Up: First Goal Games for Two Blades

The Blades faced the Toronto Furies this weekend where they dropped both games by final scores of 5-1 and 4-2.

Worcester has one more road weekend in Markham coming up before returning to Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center in January.

Game One

The Furies hosted their You Can Play Night ahead of puck drop and welcomed Harrison Browne to the game.

Jetta Rackleff made her fifth netminding appearance in this one, saving 46 of 51 shots faced. Shea Tiley was in goal for Toronto where she saved 18 of the 19 shots she faced.

First Period

Worcester was able to take the lead at the 5:46 mark. Morgan Turner scored her first of her professional career with assists coming from Demi Crossman and Meghan Turner.

Toronto’s Shannon Stewart brought in a tie game about 4 minutes later with her goal.

There were no penalties taken by either team in the first period as Toronto took a 2-1 lead with a Brittany Howard goal.

Second Period

The teams went back and forth exchanging chances for most of the period with the score remaining unchanged.

It took 16 minutes and 31 seconds before Furies’ Sarah Nurse was able to extend Toronto’s lead to 3-1. The assist on this one came from Natalie Spooner.

Toronto’s Emma Greco took a kneeing penalty with 44 seconds remaining in the period to give the Blades a power play that would extend into the third period, but the 3-1 score remained.

Third Period

Greco would find herself in the box again 2:43 into the third after taking a holding penalty, but Worcester’s power play wasn’t able to put one in.

A little more than 5 minutes later, the Furies extended their lead with a Spooner goal and an assist from Mackenzie MacNeil.

Worcester’s Taryn Harris was called for hooking at the 15:35 mark, opening up the opportunity for Toronto to extend their lead on the power play with a goal from Nurse.

The final score in this one was 5-1 for the Furies.

Game Two

It was a celebration of Japan ahead of puck drop in this one as Japanese fans came out to support Toronto’s Sena Suzuki.

Lauren Dahm started for the Blades in game two, saving 46 of 50 shots. Elaine Chuli got the nod for Toronto, saving 14 of 16.

First Period

It was a quiet start to the period as there were no goals or penalties halfway through, but this would end with Toronto’s Megan Quinn heading to the box for checking at the 11:07 mark.

Worcester wouldn’t capitalize on this personnel advantage, and the Furies tallied their first goal a few minutes later by Julie Allen.

The Blades saw another power play chance after Jess Vella went to the box for hooking, but would remain down 1-0.

The Toronto lead was short-lived in the first as Worcester struck back with another goal on the weekend from Morgan Turner at the 16:35 mark. This came on the power play after Julia Fedeski was called for delay of game.

Second Period

The second began like the first with no early penalties or goals. Toronto and Worcester took penalties simultaneously as Worcester was called for having too many players on the ice and the Furies’ Sena Suzuki took a cross checking penalty at the 7:44 mark.

Meaghan Spurling received a body checking call two minutes later, but both the 4-on-4 and Toronto power play would end with the game tied at 1.

At the 16:24 mark, Spooner struck again to bring her team to a 2-1 lead. Worcester headed to the penalty kill they’d defend well shortly after when Nicole Anderson took a hooking penalty.

Demi Crossman brought the game back to a tied score at 2. She netted her first of her career with less than a minute remaining in the second.

Spooner didn’t let the score remain that way for long, as she potted her second of the game just before the end of the period.

Third Period

The play went end to end throughout the third, and Worcester had a couple of chances to tie the game.

After Quinn scored at the 9:03 mark for Toronto, the Blades would end up falling by a final score of 4-2, with no penalties taken in this period.

The Road Ahead

The Blades have one final weekend on the road in 2018 on December 15 and 16. They’ll be facing the Markham Thunder at Thornhill Community Centre.

Fans interested in purchasing tickets for the upcoming match ups can find them here.