Furies Split Another Weekend Series
The Toronto Furies took to the ice for their 2nd and 3rd regular season games this weekend. Saturday’s game was versus the Vanke Rays, who were making their debut to the CWHL (Canadian Women’s Hockey League). The second game of the weekend came less than 24 hours later as both teams were back on the ice at 1:00 pm on Sunday, October 29th.
Period one started off fast with good back and forth action. The Vanke Rays looked well rested despite their fourteen-hour plane ride to North America. It wasn’t until half way through the first that the Furies saw their first power play. It was the Rays 3rd Star of the night Elaine Chuli that would shut down the Furies. Shortly after the Furies power play, the Rays would get one of their own and with Septembers ADT goalie of the month Sonja van der Bliek in net the Rays would walk away empty-handed. Four minutes left on the board and Rookie Hanna Bunton would snap her first CWHL goal past van der Bliek. Shots on net that period were twelve to five in favour of the Rays.
The Rays did not waste anytime in the second period by going up 2-0 with just two minutes in. Goal number two would come from another Rays Rookie Cayley Mercer. This period saw a flurry of penalties on both sides. Both the Furies and Rays specialty teams would go to work seeing five power plays for the Furies and three power plays for the Rays. Both teams would walk away unanswered. It wasn’t until five on five action that the Rays would go up 3-0 on the Furies. The period ended with the Rays up 3-0 and out shooting the Furies 17-6.
The third period looked like the Furies finally found their legs. The Furies came out hard and hungry, outshooting the Rays 12-10. The Rays rookie goaltender Chuli was having none of it and would stop the flurry from coming. Despite the Furies best period the Rays would walk away with their first ever win as an expansion franchise.
Three Stars of the night would go to all three Rays.
1st Star – Hanna Bunton
2nd Star – Cayley Mercer
3rd Star – Elaine Chuli.
Coming off a lost from the previous night the Furies were hungry for redemption. The Furies looked like a completely different team that afternoon setting the pace and dominating at both ends. It wouldn’t be until the 8th minute mark where the Furies would capitalize on the power play. A hard shot from the blue liner Shannon Moulson would find its way to the back of the net. Furies would go up 1-0. Shortly after the goal the Furies would have to defend three back to back to back penalty kills. If it wasn’t for 3rd star of the night net-minder Sami Jo Small, the Rays could have easily gone up 2-1 on the Furies. The Furies were able to walk away from that period with a 1-0 lead.
The second period was once again dominated by specialty teams. The Rays would have three attempts at the power play and the Furies would have two. It wasn’t until 45 seconds left in the second that Rookie Hanna Bunton would put one past Sami Jo Small to tie the game at 1-1. Despite the Rays out shooting the Furies 25-24, the Furies would head into the third period with a power play and the hopes of a momentum shift.
Just one minute in and the Furies would capitalize on that power play, squashing any momentum the Rays were trying to build with that late second period goal. Dingeldein with the howitzer from the top of the circle would burry it past goaltender Chuli. This was the momentum the Furies needed to start the third period. The Furies kept the pace up and Rookie Cassidy Delainey would collect on her first of the season, putting the Furies up 3-1 with just eight minutes left. The Rays would not give up however. Pulling their goalie at the three minute mark to try and get the tie. It worked! Rays Rookie Mercer buries a lazar from the top of the circle right past Small to cut the lead by one. As time is ticking down the Rays still have their goalie pulled, one shot hits the post and the crowd goes silent. The puck goes back up to the blue line where Brykaliuk is about to blast it, but the save of the day doesn’t come from Small it comes from Furies forward Julie Allen with the massive block to send the puck out of the zone. With that block the time expires and the Furies capture their second win of the season.
3 Stars of the Game
1st – Jenna Dingeldein
2nd – Cayley Mercer
3rd – Sami Jo Small
Players Of The Game
Saturday, October 28th – Sydney Kidd
Despite a losing performance from the Furies, Sydney was a tough competitor on defense. While being on for zero goals against (one of only five Furies to have a zero plus-minus in the game) she was aggressive and gave the team a fighting chance. With this effort Sydney was awarded the #FuriesPOTG.
Sunday, October 29th – Sami Jo Small
Making her season debut Sami Jo Small stopped 36 of 38 saves to give her and her team the victory. The 3rd period she faced 13 of the the total 38 shots where she held her ground and stopped the high-flying Rays from tying it. Sami was also the main reason the Furies could kill off 5/6 Vanke power plays. With this kind of effort, Sami was awarded the #FuriesPOTG.