Toronto, ON – Cross town rivals Toronto and Brampton met for the first time this season on Saturday evening. The game was the first of two back to back games in a home and home weekend series. Saturday also marked the 200th game for Toronto Furies veteran Shannon Moulson.
What was sure to be a physical battle did not disappoint. With a total of 10 players (Toronto: Ambrose, Fast, Kohanchuk and Spooner; Brampton: Birchard, Fortino, Howe, Larocque, Rattray and Stacey) absent for the game due their participation with Team Canada at the 4 Nations, players took it upon themselves to step up for their respective clubs.
Despite scoring chances at each end, both teams were held off the scoreboard in the opening frame. Each were handed only one penalty and Brampton outshot Toronto 13-9.
It wasn’t until the second period that fans were treated to a goal when Sarah Edney put one in past Furies goaltender Sonja van der Bliek at the 3:01 mark. Assisting on the play was first year forward Nicole Brown.
The Furies continued to push during the frame but were once again outshot 15-4. Toronto’s best chance came when second year forward Emily Fulton put one off the cross bar midway through the period.
Brampton would open the third period on the powerplay as Moulson continued to serve her 2 minutes for roughing given at the 19:37 mark of the second.
It did not take long for the Thunder to capitalize on the man advantage as Rebecca Vint would score her first of the season off a pass from Jess Jones.
From this point on, the Furies pushed but were unable to put one past goaltender Liz Knox as she stopped all 18 of Toronto’s shots on the evening making the final score 2-0 in her team’s favour.
Toronto and Brampton will face off again tomorrow afternoon in Brampton at 1:30 PM at Brampton Memorial Arena.
Final Shots: TOR 18 BRA 38
3. Liz Knox (18 Saves)
2. Sonja van der Bliek (36 Saves)
- Sarah Edney (1G)
Game Summary: http://www.thecwhl.com/game-summary?game_id=12
CWHL Live Broadcast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_oMPC4X8LVs