Stars Edge Inferno; Blades Shut Out Furies Twice

by Kristen Lipscombe

The Boston Blades skated to two shutout wins over the Toronto Furies, while the Montreal Stars topped the Calgary Inferno in a three-game series, to cap off January and kick off February in Canadian Women’s Hockey League action.
Brianna Decker (Dousman, Wis.) led Boston to its 7-0 victory over Toronto on Saturday evening, notching a hat trick, including a shorthanded maker in the second period, and adding an assist inside Furies home rink the MasterCard Centre.
Janine Weber (Innsbruck, Austria) added two goals of her own, Kelly Cooke (Andover, Mass.) and Tara Watchorn (Newcastle, Ont.) had singles, while four other players contributed two assists apiece.
Boston netminder
Brittany Ott (St. Clair Shores, Mich.) made 22 saves to earn the shutout, while Toronto goaltender Christina Kessler (Toronto, Ont.) turned away an impressive 42 shots total.
Decker was named first star,
Blake Bolden (Cleveland, Ohio) received second star for her offensive effort including two helpers, while Furies forward Alyssa Baldin (Mississauga, Ont.) was named third star of the game.
The Blades continued their winning ways Sunday afternoon, blanking the Furies 4-0, again at the MasterCard Centre.
This time four different players scored en route to the win, including
Meghan Duggan (Danvers, Mass.) in the first, Jillian Dempsey (Winthrop, Mass.) on a power play in the second,  along with Casey Pickett (Wilmington, Mass.) on a power play and Alyssa Gagliardi (Raleigh, N.C.) to top if off in the third period. Bolden also added two assists in this game.
Genevieve Lacasse (Kingston, Ont.) made 26 saves for the Blades, while Kessler again stood strong between the posts for the Furies, making 46 saves over 60 minutes. Dempsey was first star, Duggan second star and Kessler third star of the game.
The Montreal Stars hosted three games on the weekend, falling 4-1 to the visiting Calgary Inferno on Saturday evening, but coming back to beat the first-place team 5-2 on Sunday and 4-1 on Monday at Arena Etienne-Desmarteau.
On Saturday night, two-time Olympic gold medallist
Rebecca Johnston (Sudbury, Ont.) and fellow  Canada’s National Women’s Program member Jessica Campbell (Melville, Sask.) both scored twice in Calgary’s win, while forward Emmanuelle Blais (LaSalle, Que.) scored the lone goal of the game for Montreal.
Delayne Brian (Winnipeg, Man.) made 27 saves for the Inferno, while Charline Labonté (Boisbriand, Que.) turned away the same number of shots for the Stars.
Campbell received first star honours, while Brian was named second star and Labonté third star of the game.
The tables turned Sunday afternoon, with
Noémie Marin (Acton-Vale, Que.) scoring twice, including once on the power play, to help Montreal to a 5-2 win over Calgary.
Emilie Bocchia (St-Léonard, Que.), Lisa-Marie Breton-Lebreux (St-Zachaire, Que.) and Caroline Ouellette (Montreal, Que.) also scored for the Stars, while Julie Chu (Bridgeport, Conn.) had three helpers and Cathy Chartrand (Nominigue, Que.) added two assists.
Tegan Schroeder (Lumsden, Sask.) and Erica Kromm (Smithtown, B.C.) scored for Calgary, with Camille Trautman (Rimbey, Alta.) making 16 saves and Labonté making 19 saves.
Marin was named first star, Ouellette second star and Montreal forward
Chelsey Saunders (Ottawa, Ont.) third star of the game.
The Inferno and Stars were back on the ice Monday for their third game in as many days, with Calgary forward
Bailey Bram (Ste. Anne, Man.) opening it up on a power play early in the first period.
But Montreal scored four straight, from four different players, to snag their second win of the weekend. Chartrand tied it up in the first,
Ann-Sophie Bettez (Sept-Iles, Que.) scored the go-ahead goal on a power play 20 seconds into the middle frame, Marin added another before second intermission and Casandra Dupuis (Sherbrooke, Que.) sealed the 4-1 deal on the empty net in the third period.
Marin was once again named first star, Labonté snagged second star honours for her 30 saves on the day, while Bram was third star of the game. Brian made 17 saves for the Inferno.
But the Calgary Inferno still lead with 24 points on the regular season, while the Boston Blades are on their heels with 23 points total. The Montreal Stars claim third place in the standings with 21 points, while the Toronto Furies are in fourth with 13 points and the Brampton Thunder are fifth with 12 points.
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