The 2011-2012 Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) season got underway Oct. 22 with Brampton visiting the defending Clarkson Cup champion Montreal Stars and the Toronto Furies visiting the Boston Blades.
The CWHL’s no. 1 draft pick, Meghan Agosta, scored twice as the Stars defeated Brampton 4-1. Vicki Bendus scored the lone goal for the visiting squad.
Gigi Marvin scored in over time as the Blades took down the Furies 4-3.
All four teams were in action the following night as part of their opening weekend doubleheaders.
Once again, Brampton saw a loss at the hands of Montreal. Olympic gold medallist Caroline Ouellette had a hat trick and one assist in the 7-2 victory. Agosta added another goal and two assists.
In Boston there was another 1-goal game, this time Toronto getting the win. Britni Smith scored twice in the 2-1 victory with line mates Mallory Deluce and Jess Scanzano picking up two assists apiece.
The Burlington Barracudas opened their season at home with three games in three nights. The Cudas were defeated 4-2 by the CWHL’s newest team, Alberta, where Laura Dostaler scored the team’s first goal. Newly appointed Burlington captain Jana Harrigan had two assists in the loss.
Burlington goalie Christina Kessler had a scary moment when an Alberta player’s skate came up and cut her neck.
While the cut was dangerously close to life-sustaining vessels it was superficial and no stitches were required. Kessler managed to stay in the game.
The Cudas then hosted Boston for back-to-back games where they suffered two more losses.
Kelli Stack had two goals and Marvin had one goal and two assists as the Blades beat Burlington 7-1 on Saturday. Samantha Shirley had the lone Cudas goal.
Stack added another two goals on Sunday when the Blades took out the Cudas 5-1 while Harrigan scored for Burlington.
Brampton held their home opener on Saturday against Alberta where they won 4-1. Olympic gold medallist Cherie Piper scored a hat trick (including one goal short-handed) while Molly Engstrom had three assists and Gillian Apps had two assists in the win.
Alberta played their third game in three days on Sunday against the Toronto Furies where they were shut out 3-0. Meagan Aarts, Frances McPhail and Smith scored for the Furies.
There will be a two week break in the CWHL while the 2011 Four Nations Cup (women’s ice hockey tournament) takes place in Nykoping, Sweden.
There are only three CWHL games in the month of November.
Brampton hosts Burlington in back-to-back games Nov. 18 and 19 then they host Toronto on Nov. 30 in Brantford.
For CWHL stats and schedules visit the official CWHL website.