After the 2013 CWHL draft, the Toronto Furies welcomed 10 new players to their roster. Alyssa Baldin from the University of Windsor, Holly Carrie-Mattimoe from Syracuse University, Jessica Vella from Providence College, Lisa Mullan from Syracuse University, Julie Allen from the University of New Hampshire, Alore Keers from Berrie Sharks, Lauren Sullivan from Elmira University, Jenelle Kohanchuk from Boston University and myself, Katie Wilson from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. We were also very lucky to have Carolyn Prevost join our team who played in the CWHL last season for the Montreal Stars. I know I speak for the rest of the rookie group when I say we all very privileged to join this team and be a part of such a great group of hockey players and coaches.
The Furies began the 2013/2014 season strong, only dropping 4 out of 12 games played in the first half. With a number of our players training for the 2014 Winter Olympics, it was a huge adjustment getting used to a brand new team, with players coming from different hockey backgrounds. As we begin the second half of our season we are really starting to see things click and fall into place with our team. Sitting at second place going into this weekend against Boston Blades, we are eager to get on the ice and pick up 2 more wins to add to our record. Boston is the only team we have yet to face this season and we are excited to get back on the ice after two weekends off. Having the Blades sit at only one point behind us in the league standings puts some pressure on our shoulders, as our goal is to work our way to 1st place and solidify our spot and prepare for the Clarkson cup.
A few of our rookies have really stepped up this season to push us through the tough games and put some wins on the board. Prevost and Baldin combined have been a huge threat in the offensive zone and have put up some big numbers during the first half of our season. Having Tessa Bonhomme join us in November was a huge gain for the Furies on the blue line. The furies also welcomed Boston Universities Jenelle Kohanchuk to kick off the second half of our season and we’re excited to have her join our team.
The Furies are all on the same page when it comes to the end goal. We all want to bring the Clarkson Cup back to Toronto and continue to push through this season and grow as a team. With 6 games left against Boston and a few more against Montreal we have a tough second half, but are working hard to finish the season off strong.