The Boston Blades hosted the Kunlun Red Star on Saturday for MS Awareness Night. Before the game, Nicole Giannino’s mother, Mary Ann Giannino dropped to puck with her daughter by her side.
As part of MS Awareness tonight’s ceremonial puck drop was by @nicole_giannino mother MaryAnn Giannino! To learn more about how you can support the Multiple Sclerosis Society visit https://t.co/0ZaTcGdbED pic.twitter.com/lqaHwYwIi1
— Boston Blades (@BostonCWHL) January 28, 2018
Kunlun goaltender, Noora Raty, made 17 of 19 saves as Blades’ goalie, Lauren Dahm, made 31 of 35. Boston came close to tying the game up near the end after a late power play opportunity, but fell to Red Star by a final score of 4-2.
Both the Red Star and the Blades exchanged scoring chances through the first four minutes and 50 seconds of the period, but Kunlun would strike first with Zoe Hickel’s sixth of the season assisted by Kelli Stack and Taylor Marchin.
With just under nine minutes to go, Dahm made two quick back-to-back saves to keep her team down by one, and three minutes later, she would do it again, making two more quick saves.
The first period would be end with the same 1-0 score for Kunlun as they lead in shots on goal, 16-8. This period also came with a milestone as Dahm hit her 600-save mark for the season.
Kunlun dominated much of the possession to start off the second, but it wouldn’t last long as Boston defender, Dru Burns, would tie the game up with her first goal of the season assisted by Kate Leary and Courtney Turner.
The Blades strike back!! With 14:58 left to go in the second.
— Boston Blades (@BostonCWHL) January 28, 2018
The first power play went to Red Star as Boston’s Meaghan Spurling took a body checking penalty at the 5:29 mark. With just 10 seconds left in the personnel advantage, Kunlun tallied their second goal with Shiann Darkangelo and Stephanie Anderson assisting Rachel Llanes’ second of the year.
As the clock ticked down with under three minutes to go, the Blades and Red Star exchanged scoring chances again, but both Dahm and Raty remained sharp.
This goalie stare down would end with 1:45 left though as Kunlun struck with Stack’s 21st goal of the year assisted by Zoe Hickel. The Blades would head to the locker room down 3-1.
After a turnover early in the period, Kunlun’s Alex Carpenter got a shot off directly in front of the Boston net, but Dahm had no problem making the save.
With 11:45 remaining, Red Star defender, Zhixin Liu, had a shot ring off the post as Kunlun continued to dominate zone time.
Leary managed to block a shot in her own end and carry the puck past both Kunlun defenders to get a shot off and draw a penalty for Boston’s first power play of the game. The tripping call was on Baiwei Yu at the 12:22 mark. The Blades’ power play would end unsuccessfully.
Just seconds later, Boston would head onto the penalty kill as Melissa Bizarri skated to the box after a hooking call. Stack almost scored as her shot skid between Dahm and the goal post, but Red Star would go scoreless on their personnel advantage,
The power play chances continued as Kunlun’s Anderson took a holding penalty at 17:16, and 38 seconds into this advantage, Boston took their time out giving them the opportunity to pull Dahm for the extra skater.
Boston would then cut their deficit to 1 with Taylor Waysik’s second of the year on the power play. Boston pulled Dahm again, hoping to tie up the game.
Carpenter used this opportunity to score on the empty net for her fifth of the year, and Kunlun’s fourth of the game, assisted by Stack and Hickel.
The Blades would come up just short in this one by a final score of 4-2.
1 – Zoe Hickel (Kunlun)
2 – Kelli Stack (Kunlun)
3 – Dru Burns (Boston)
Blades’ Head Coach, Kacy Ambroz, spoke about what she hopes her team improves upon for their next game.
“Start the game off better, coming out quick, and continuing to put more shots on net, crashing the net more.,” she said. “Having more puck possession in general is what we’re looking to do.”
She also spoke of her goaltender, Dahm, leading the league with 629 saves so far.
“Dahm has been the rock for us this season. It starts with her in net. She keeps us in every game and is just a phenomenal, phenomenal goaltender and great teammate overall. I couldn’t be more proud that she’s hit 600 saves. It’s a huge milestone for her and she’s just going to keep going,” Ambroz stated.
The Blades will be back in action later today, January 28 vs. Kunlun at 2:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased both online and at the door.
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