Bon Voyage! Furies Take Over China!
With a quick 24hr turnaround from a 16hr flight the Furies took to the ice for the first ever CWHL game in Shenzhen, China.
Despite jet leg slowly creeping in, the Furies came out of the gate flying. For the first 10 minutes the Furies dominated the game taking over the shot count 8-0. It would however, be the Red Star’s that would get on the board first. Kelly Stack would bury one on the power play to take the lead 1-0. Both teams would battle hard to the buzzer with the score remaining the same.
The 2nd period saw the Furies go to the power play twice and capitalize on their first opportunity. Emily Fulton would snap one from the blue line beating Kunlun’s Noora Raty to tie the game at 1-1. Kunlun picked up some momentum, but it was Furies goaltender Van der Bliek that would keep the game tied at 1-1 going into the 3rd period.
It was an action packed 3rd period that saw two breakaways from Furies, Carolyn Prevost, but Raty would shut her out. Kunlun would have a couple of their own opportunities, but Van der Bliek was on her game. It was a battle of the goalies this period. It wasn’t until the 15-minute mark that the Red Star’s would capitalize on a turn over in the neutral zone to take the 2-1 lead. Less than a minute after, the Red Stars would strike again adding to their total 3-1. With 3 minutes left, the Furies would pull their goalie in hopes of climbing back, but Kunlun would shut them down. Game would finish at 3-1 in favour of the Red Star’s.
1- Jessica Wong (KRS)
2- Kelly Stack (KRS)
3- Emily Fulton (TF)
Game two started with less than a 24hr turn around, but the girls were up for the challenge as they had redemption in their eyes. Kunlun would keep their momentum from the night before going and tally two quick goals in under 10 minutes. Scoring credit would go to Baiwei Yu with a trick shot from the red line and Kelly Stack with a wrap around. Despite the early lead the Furies were able to keep the score at 2-0 going into the second.
It was a Furies blizzard in the second period. Chance after chance with no reward. A couple power play opportunities for the Furies, but Kunlun was not about to let them back in this game. Exciting 2nd period that saw the score stay the same 2-0 in favour of Kunlun.
The 3rd period was all about special teams. A total of seven penalties between both teams were tallied. However, neither side would capitalize on these opportunities. Furies dominated this period, but couldn’t put it past Kunlun’s Raty to even the score. Kunlun would walk away with a second straight win over the Furies.
1- Baiwei Yu (KRS)
2- Zoe Hickel (KRS)
3- Amanda Makela (TF)
After two days off and taking in all the sights China had to offer the Furies were back and ready for action.
The Furies came out with a bang in the first period, putting the pedal to the metal. The Furies would get a couple opportunities on the power play, but it was Rays goaltender Chuli that would stand on her head and shut them out. Both teams had great scoring chances, and the game remained tied going into the 2nd period.
It was Rays, Emily Janiga that would break the tie. Janiga would put away a sneaky goal passed Van der Bliek on a penalty kill. Furies would battle hard and respond back with a couple post of their own. Carloyn Prevost was at it again with her evasive speed. Unfortunately, she was shut out by Chuli on a couple breakaways. With 4 minutes remaining in the 2nd the Rays would tally another goal to take the 2-0 lead heading into the 3rd period.
With just a minute in a half into the 3rd period the Rays would snap one in past goaltender Van der Bliek on the power play to extend their lead by 3. Despite the score being 3-0 in favour of the Rays the Furies were dominating the play. Chance after chance the Furies were coming in hot and heavy. Chuli was standing on her head stopping all 30 shots that were thrown at her. The slippery Rays would be at it again scoring two goals in the last 4 minutes of the game to finally close out the Furies. Game would finish at 5-0 in favour of the Rays.
1- Emily Janiga (VR)
2- Emma Woods (VR)
3- Sonja Van der Bliek (TF)
Game four would be the Furies best game of the series. The 1st period saw the Furies head to the penalty box 3 times defending all three Rays opportunities. Despite the Furies dominating the entire period and out shooting the Rays, the Rays would get on the board first with just 45 seconds left in the 1st period. Webster would tally her 6th goal of the season putting the Rays up 1-0 going into the 2nd period.
Again the Furies came out of the gate firing on all cylinders. Furies #27 would finally capitalize on one of her breakaways to tie the game at 1 a piece. Back and forth action with intense moments of opportunities saw this game remain tied until the Furies would get a power play. Emily Fulton would capitalize on this opportunity and give the Furies their first ever lead of the road trip. The Rays would quickly counter back with a goal of their own. Mercer would tie the game 30 seconds after the Furies got the go ahead goal. The score would remain tied 2-2 heading into the 3rd.
The 3rd period would turn out to be the most exciting one of the trip. Back and forth action between both team, each accumulated 12 shots. The 3rd period was a contest between the two goalies and the score would remain 2-2 heading into overtime. Overtime would come and go with 4 on 4 action not solving anything.
This game would end in an exciting four shooter shoot out. It would however, be the Rays that would come out on top in this game. The Furies would walk away with a point to close out their first ever China road trip.
Back to the drawing board for this club as they face Les Canadienns for their next three games.
1 – Brooke Webster
2 – Carolyn Prevost
3 – Yue Hou