In the second half of the Blades home opener, the team brought high intensity to their second tilt with the Calgary Inferno. The final was 5-2 Calgary, but it was a far closer affair than the final score would let on.
The first period remained scoreless for most of it, but that would change as the opening frame started to wind to a close. With 3:14 seconds remaining in the period, Kaitlin Spurling would put one in to give the Blades the game’s first goal. One nothing would be the final score as both teams went to the locker room for intermission.
The tide changed early in the second period, as Calgary’s Ilya Gavrilova would tie the game just 57 seconds into the period. The period would prove to be a difficult one for the Blades, as they allowed 17 shots while not putting a single one on net. However, goaltender Jetta Rackleff held strong and kept the game tied heading into the third.
The Blades got the benefit of a power play early in the period, and Meghan Grieves would covert on it, giving the Blades a 2-1 lead in the third. However, the momentum shifted after Blades net minder Jetta Rackleff was replaced due to injury. Lauren Dahm replaced her, and Calgary seemed to have woken up after that. The Inferno went on to score four goals in the third, putting them up 5-2 for the final score.
The Blades struggles on offense (only putting 11 shots on goal) would go on to haunt them in this one, as they fall to 0-4 on the season. Boston will play next on November 4th, when they take on the visiting Vanke Rays from China.
Written by Sean Mclean