Blades Bring Montreal to Shootout, Fall 5-4 in You Can Play Night

The Blades faced Les Canadiennes de Montreal on Saturday night. Pre-game, Wade Davis II dropped the ceremonial puck as part of the You Can Play Night at Larsen Rink.

Davis spoke during the first intermission about his first experience at a Boston Blades game.

“What I love about the Boston Blades is that it feels like a real family here. From the staff, to the players, to the fans, they’re really trying to create a culture here where people really respect that these athletes are not just players on the team, but they have lives outside of their actual teams,” he said. “You can really see the dedication that these women have for the love of the sport. You should want to come out and support them for just those reasons.”

He went on to discuss the You Can Play Project and the impact it has on sports like women’s hockey.

“It’s an honor that this type of a night can happen when we have such an environment that’s so split. To have the You Can Play Project welcome here, to be a part of something that is so special, to have this level of advocacy and visibility and conversations happening in this environment speaks to the type of leadership from the coaches to the GM to the management that this organization has,” Davis stated.

Lauren Dahm got the start for Boston and Montreal answered with Emerance Maschmeyer. Dahm made 48 of 52 stops while Maschmeyer saved 17 of 21. The Blades would come out hot and lead in scoring for much of the game, but ultimately fall in a shootout by a final score of 5-4.

First Period

34 seconds in, Melissa Bizarri hopped off the bench to skate into the offensive zone where she was able to bank in the rebound from Kate Leary and Taylor Wasylk to put her team up 1-0.

Bizarri would strike again this period less than three minutes later to put the Blades up by two.  This came after Boston went on the power play due to Sarah Lefort’s roughing penalty. Her unassisted goal came after a Montreal turnover in front of their own net.

Photo by Merisa Boyd

Montreal would dominate much of the offensive zone time this period, but between Dahm and Boston’s physical play, they were able to hold on to their two goal lead.

The Blades would face a penalty kill situation after Dru Burns took a hooking penalty at the 14:04 mark. Montreal would go scoreless on the personnel advantage.

Boston was able to hang on to their lead through the physicality and all of the shots they faced. They’d head into the locker room up 2-0 with Montreal leading in shots 14-8.

Second Period

12 seconds into the second, Boston went back on the penalty kill after Burns took an interference penalty. The Blades weren’t able to hold on to their two goal lead this time as Ann-Sophie Bettez scored on the assists from Cathy Chartrand and Noemie Marin.

The Blades evened out the power play chances as Montreal’s Erin Ambrose took a tripping penalty at the 5:03 mark. Boston had a few good chances, but the score remained at 2-1.

Boston’s Leary would head to the box next on a tripping call. They would again hold the score to 2-1 here.

The Blades went back on the power play immediately after when Karell Emard took a crosschecking penalty. Michelle Ng went hard into the boards on that play and needed to be assisted off the ice by the athletic trainer and her teammates. She would later return to the game.

Boston added on their third goal of the game on this personnel advantage after gathering a couple back-to-back shots on goal. Leary would get this one with the assist going to Meghan Grieves.

This would only last a few minutes as Montreal added on another goal to cut their lead by 1 again. This one came from Lefort assisted by Marin at the 14:14 mark.

The Blades would have another power play opportunity before the end of this period as Montreal was called for having too many players on the ice. Les Canadiannes had a shorthanded scoring opportunity as the Blades went scoreless during their power play.

Wasylk and Leary had two good scoring opportunities and Dahm made a tremendous save as the clock ticked down to 0 and the teams would go into intermission with Boston leading 3-2.

Third Period

Just 36 seconds in, Montreal tied the game up with Lefort’s second of the game.

Waslyk wouldn’t let this tied score last long though, as she buried the Blades fourth goal of the game and her third of the season assisted by Leary.

The Blades would then go back on the power play after a roughing call on Montreal’s Marin. They would go scoreless on the personnel advantage.

With 8:35 left to go, Montreal tied the score at 4 with Lefort’s third goal of the game to complete her hat trick.

Boston faced  another penalty kill after Burns took a roughing penalty, and shortly after Montreal would face a personnel disadvantage after Marin took a crosschecking penalty with four minutes to go. Both teams weren’t able to capitalize on their 5-on-4 opportunities. 

This game would end up needing extra time as the third period ended at 4-4.

Overtime

Montreal would take their first shot 25 seconds in, but Dahm made the stop. The Blades continued to play good defensively as Courtney Turner blocked a shot and Dahm made the save off a rebound.

Grieves would have a good scoring opportunity after Bizarri carried the puck up ice, but the score remained unchanged. Boston had a good chance near the end of overtime, but a shootout was needed to decide this one.

Shootout

Montreal shot first and used Katia Clement-Heydra, Bettez, and Lefort while Boston answered with Waslyk and Leary.

Clement-Heydra and Lefort were the goal scorers as Montreal squeaked by in this one by a final score of 5-4.

Three Stars

1 – Sarah Lefort (Montreal)

2 – Melissa Bizarri (Boston)

3 – Kate Leary (Boston)

Post Game

Team captain, Melissa Bizarri, spoke after the game about what she liked about her team’s effort facing the first-place team in the league and staying in it the whole way through.

“We’re disappointed that we didn’t get the win tonight, but I think that’s probably the best 60 minutes we’ve played all year. Hopefully we’ll get some food, rest up, and be in it for tomorrow,” she stated.

She went on to discuss the importance of her team hosting events such as the You Can Play Night.

“We’ve hosted a lot of great games this year with the game for MS, the game for child abuse and obviously the You Can Play game touches home for athletes everywhere. Wade came in and spoke to us in the locker room before the game. I definitely think that added a little fuel to the fire for everyone to get fired up out there,” Bizarri said.

Next Game

The Blades and Les Canadiennes de Montreal will be back in action on Sunday, February 4 for a 1 p.m. puck drop. Tickets to the game can be purchased online or at the door on game day. Fans can also follow along on Twitter or with the live broadcast on YouTube.

Merisa Boyd is the Media Relations Manager for the Boston Blades. All media inquiries and requests should be sent to [email protected]