Boston and Montreal Have a Winning Weekend in Ontario

The Boston Blades were in Toronto to face the Furies on Dec. 10 in a back-and-forth contest that would need a shoot out to determine a winner.

Gigi Marvin would be the lone scorer in the one-on-one battle securing a win for the Bladies.

The Furies opened the scoring with a power-play goal by Kori Cheverie at 6:40 of the first period that would be protected until the second period.

On back-to-back power plays, the Blades added two of their own from Kelli Stack and Caitlin Cahow to take a 2-1 lead.

Just over six minutes later, Meagan Aarts netted one for the Furies tying the game back up.

The Blades were 2-for-5 on the power play and allowed one goal during five penalty kills.

 Double Up

Not wanting a repeat of the previous night, the Blades came out early on Sunday with Saturday’s hero Marvin potting a power-play goal less than four minutes into the game.

Alyssa Wohlfeiler doubled the score for the Bladies late in the first period.

The Furies finally got on the board with a quick goal by Frances McPhail just over a minute into the second period, cutting Boston’s lead in half.

Brittany Simpson gave Boston the go-ahead goal and Marvin netted her second of the game just 30 seconds later; Boston wasn’t going to let Toronto slip away with a point this time around.

Cheverie scored with eight seconds remaining in the period but Boston held a 4-2 lead going into the last frame.

Less than a minute into the third period Kate Buesser scored for the Blades followed by a goal from Micaela Long less than 30 seconds later.

Cheverie netted her second of the game, on the power play, near the end of the third period but it wouldn’t be enough.

For every two goals Boston scored, Toronto could only answer with one which resulted in a 6-3 win for the Blades.

Back and Forth Game

Meghan Agosta scored a hat trick, including the over time game-winning goal, as the Montreal Stars defeatd the Brampton Hockey Club 5-4 at Canlan Ice Sports in Scarborough, Sunday.

At 3:02 of the extra period, Brampton took a penalty for too many men and just over a minute later Agosta, who is second in league scoring, netted the winner as the Stars swept the weekend series.

CWHL scoring leader, Caroline Ouellette scored Montreal’s other two goals and also added an assist.

Jayna Hefford put Brampton on the board early in the second period to cut Montreal’s lead in half and added her second of the game at 15:19 of the third to tie the game at three.

Vicki Bendus gave Brampton their first lead of the game at 17:39 of the third period before Agosta scored her second to tie the contest and push over time.

Ashley Riggs and Courtney Birchard each had two assists in the loss.

Newly acquired goaltender Kendra Fisher got the start for Brampton and stopped 26 of the 31 shots she faced while Jenny Lavigne made 28 saves for the Stars.

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Burlington Remains Winless with Back-to-Back Losses in Montreal

Vanessa Davidson lit the lamp four times and Noemie Marin added two goals as the Montreal Stars had a goal scoring parade in a 9-3 win over the Burlington Barracudas at Arena Etienne-Desmarteau Saturday.

Sarah Lynch got the Barracudas on the board first with a power-play goal at 4:07 in the first period but Montreal would net seven goals before the Cudas could make the score sheet again.

Caroline Ouellette (11 goals, 15 assists), who leads the league in scoring, had a goal and three assists while Meghan Agosta (10 goals, 12 assists), second in scoring, had four assists.

Out of the top 10 scoring leaders in the CWHL, seven of them play for the Stars.

Also scoring for Montreal were Rebecca Martindale and Sarah Vaillancourt, who had a goal and an assist.

Sommer West scored twice for Burlington in the third period.

Goal Scoring Parade Continues

Sunday’s rematch was much the same for both teams as Montreal’s snipers rounded off the score sheet again.

Sabrina Horbec scored two goals and an assist, while Ouellete, Vaillancourt, Marin and Davidson each had a goal and two assists in the Stars 7-2 win.

Emmanuelle Blais and Agosta each had two assists.

Montreal was 4-for-12 on the power play while Burlington scored one power-play goal on four chances.

Annina Rajahuhta and Shannon Moulson scored for the Barracudas.

CWHL Outreach Games and Cancer Fundraiser

Toronto Bests Brampton in Outreach Game

Tessa Bonhomme (Toronto) and Jayna Hefford (Brampton) line up for a ceremonial puck drop at the civic centre in Brantford for a CWHL outreach game where the Furies won 5-4 in a shootout. Photo By: CWHL Images

On Wednesday Nov. 30 the Brampton Hockey Club and the Toronto Furies brought CWHL action to the Civic Centre in Brantford, where the Furies were on the winning end of a 5-4 shootout.

Toronto’s fourth shooter, Jess Scanzano sealed the game for the Furies.

Bringing a CWHL game to Brantford was about developing girls hockey at the minor level, giving the young players something to aspire to. With over a handful of Olympic gold medalists on the ice, the high scoring game did not disappoint.

Cherie Piper, who had two goals in the loss, gave Brampton a 2-0 lead at 10:10 in the first period.

Near the end of the first period, Tessa Bonhomme cut Brampton’s lead in half with a power play goal. Bonhomme added another goal early in the second period to tie the game.

The scoring would continue to go back-and-forth the rest of the game.

Ashley Riggs gave Brampton the go-ahead goal in the second period but Francis McPhail tied the game again just over five minutes later.

Kori Cheverie scored early in the third period for the Furies for the 4-4 tie.

After four rounds of a scoreless shootout, Scanzano finally beat Liz Knox.

Furies and Stars “stick it” to cancer

Members of the Montreal Stars and Toronto Furies at Windsor Arena as part of the Stick it to Cancer fundraiser. Photo by: CWHL Images

Windsor Arena was the host of a Stick it To Cancer fundraising event the weekend of Nov. 26 and 27 where Montreal and Toronto faced off in back-to-back games as No. 1 draft pick Meghan Agosta played in her hometown for the first time in six years.

Canadian rock band, The Trews, played a soldout show at the after-party Saturday at the Capitol Theatre.

Agosta would not disappoint as she scored a hat trick and added two assists in the Stars 12-3 whopping of the Furies in Saturday’s game, which earned her the title of first star.

Caroline Ouellete also had a hat trick and two assists while Bianca Della Porta and Vanessa Davidson each had two goals. Noemie Marin and Sarah Vaillancourt also added a goal apiece.

Kori Cheverie (2) and Jennifer Brine scored for Toronto.

In Sunday’s rematch, the Stars came out on top again, 8-4 with another hat trick from Agosta.

Hometown hero Meghan Agosta had a hat trick in each of Montreal's wins. Photo By: CWHL Images

Ouellette, who scored one goal and added four assists in the win, had nine points over the weekend and leads the league in scoring.

Marin, Davidson and Lisa-Marie Breton-Lebreux each had a goal and an assist for the Stars.

Scoring for the Furies were Brine, Cheverie, Lexi Hoffmeyer and Kelly Zamora.

Money raised from the weekend will go to the Windsor and Essex County Cancer Centre Foundation and Hospice of Windsor and Essex County. Roughly 600 spectators showed up for the event, which the CWHL would like to make annual.

Apps Scores Big as Brampton Thrashes Toronto

Tessa Bonhomme, in a photo from Nov. 27, had a goal in the Furies loss Saturday. Photo by: CWHL Images

Ashley Riggs scored twice and Gillian Apps had a goal and three assists as the Brampton Hockey Club walked over the Toronto Furies 7-2 in Canadian Women’s Hockey Day action at the Ricoh Coliseum.

Apps, a two-time Canadian Olympic gold medalist, is the granddaughter of Hockey Hall of Fame member Syl Apps who played for the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1936 to 1948 and daughter of Syl Apps, Jr. who played 10 seasons in the NHL.

Andrea Ironside opened the scoring for Brampton with a soft backhand that trickled by Sami Jo Small, who was later pulled in the third period.

On a power play in the second period, Molly Engstrom gave Brampton a 3-0 lead on a goal through Small’s legs. Later in the period, Riggs scored her second of the game when she shoveled a loose puck over Small, who was sprawled in the crease.

Cherie Piper scored Brampton’s sixth goal of the game in the third and added two assists.

On the same shift, Jayna Hefford buried a rebound giving Brampton a 7-0 lead, ending Small’s night between the pipes.

Toronto finally got on the scoreboard on a tip in goal by Jennifer Brine, who also had an assist in the loss.

Recent Battle of The Blades winner, Tessa Bonhomme would add a powerplay goal late in the third.

Brampton’s next game is Dec. 10 against the Montreal Stars while Toronto will host the Boston Blades at George Bell Arena the same day.