Of Saturday’s games, Toronto beat the Calgary Inferno 3-2, while Montreal took Brampton 4-1. The Toronto vs. Calgary game was the CWHL Streaming Game of the Week, but unfortunately, due to technical issues (entirely on our end, I’m afraid), I wasn’t able to watch the game live, and the game wasn’t up in the archive before I had to write this. (I’m SUPER annoyed because Sami Jo Small was in net for this game, and I had been really excited to see her play again. /o\) So, in lieu of our normal write-up for the streaming game, I’m just going to include it in the weekend CWHL recap.
Of the two CWHL games on Saturday, the Montreal Stars beat the Boston Blades 5-2, while the Toronto Furies beat the Brampton Thunder 1-0.
Montreal *massively* out-shot Boston, 51 to 26 at the end of the game, including a second period where Boston had 5 shots on goal, despite a power play opportunity. We have a full recap of the Stars v Blades game here, as it was the streaming game of the week. The three stars of the game were Mariève Provost and Casandra Dupuis for Montreal, with the third star going to Jillian Dempsey of Boston.
The game between the two Toronto-area rivals however, was tight, with Katie Wilson of the Furies scoring the only goal of the game within the first two minutes of the first period. Toronto had some good shooting chances, however, out-shooting Brampton 31-16, with 22 of those coming in the second period. The game was a rough one, with 32 PIM between the teams. Most of the penalties were for roughing or holding, with a couple body checking or hooking calls for spice. The three stars of the game were Carolyne Prevost of the Furies, Sonja van der Bliek, the rookie goalie for Brampton, and Katie Wilson, the goal scorer for Toronto.
Things didn’t get a lot better for Brampton when they met Toronto again on Sunday, as Toronto beat Brampton 9-1.
Shots were 39-25 in favor of Toronto. Brampton’s Tara French opened the scoring with an unassisted goal early in the first period, but then the Furies picked up three , with two coming in the last two minutes of the period. The Furies clearly carried the momentum into the second period as well, because they picked up four in that period. Three were scored on the power play. In the third period, the Furies picked up their final two goals, including a short-handed goal by Carolyne Prevost. Two of the Furies had three-point nights, with Carolyne Prevost getting a goal and two assists, and Britni Smith getting three assists. Alyssa Baldin had a four point night, with two goals and two assists. Penalties were much lower, with only 16 PIM between the teams. Carolyne Prevost once again had the first star of the game, with Alyssa Baldin and Christina Kessler taking the second and third stars.
Welcome to our weekly CWHL recap. This week’s is a joint recap, since both of us watched the game.
During the first period, Boston’s Bolden was penalized on a body check, and Montreal’s Tardiff tallied the game’s first goal on the power play. Coming into the game, Montreal had the second-ranked power play in the league, while Boston had the last penalty kill, and, sadly, it showed. Dempsey tied the game with 1:36 left to go in the first period, a goal Boston scored by crashing the net. Boston pretty much lived in their zone in the first period, but their communication was good enough to allow for that; they covered players instead of chasing the puck.