Blades Fall to Thunder 8-0, Look Ahead to Final Game Tomorrow

The Blades faced the Markham Thunder on Saturday night where the Thunder shutout the Blades by a final score of 8-0. Lauren Dahm got the start from Boston, and she would face Markham’s Erica Howe.

Both teams started off strong, exchanging scoring opportunities, but once Markham started scoring, they didn’t look back.

First Period

Boston and Markham spent the first 4 minutes and 30 seconds exchanging scoring chances and zone time, but the Thunder would strike first with Laura Stacey’s goal assisted by Nicole Kosta and Dania Simmonds.

Photo by Merisa Boyd.

The Blades answered with more offensive zone time and some impressive defensive work, most notably coming from Kristina Brown.

With under seven minutes left, Boston would head on the power play after Markham’s Kosta took a tripping penalty. The Blades had a great scoring chance, but the score would remain 1-0 after the personnel advantage.

The Thunder would answer with another goal shortly after. This unassisted one came from Jamie Lee Rattray with her 20th of the year.

23 seconds later, Boston’s Megan Myers cleared the puck out of her zone, but it left the ice causing a delay of game penalty. Markham would see their first personnel advantage of the game which they would go scoreless on.

With 1:53 remaining, Boston would go back on the power play after a body checking penalty was taken by Megan Bozek. Courtney Turner set up a scoring chance for Kaitlin Spurling, but it went just wide.

Both teams would head to the locker rooms with Markham leading 2-0. The Thunder would also lead in shots 11-7.

Second Period

The Blades would go scoreless on the remaining power play time and Markham would have a good scoring chance soon after, but Dahm made the save.

Boston’s goaltender would continue to make great stops as the clock ticked down to 16 minutes to go. The Blades would follow this with a scoring chance and an offensive zone face-off.

Following this, Taryn Harris would head to the penalty box after she was called for tripping, putting the Blades’ penalty kill to the test. The Thunder had a few shots, but Dahm stood in the way of every one.

Boston spent the next few minutes dominating zone time, putting multiple shots on net. The Markham defense and Howe kept them scoreless throughout this time.

The Thunder would respond to this with another goal coming from Devon Skeats carrying the puck into the Blades’ zone. Her fourth of year was assisted by Ellie Seedhouse.

Before the end of the middle period, Boston would head back on the power play after Taylor Woods took a roughing penalty.

Markham would score shorthanded after Rattray found herself on a breakaway chance. Jocelyne Larocque had the assist.

The Blades had a flurry of chances and Markham had one final shot before the end of the period, but no more goals would be scored. Boston would head to intermission down by 4.

Third Period

Four minutes in, the Thunder would tally another goal. Jenna McParland and Stacey would grab the assists on Kosta’s first of the year. Head Coach, Kacy Ambroz, would pull Dahm after this one giving Amanda Carridi some game action.

Dru Burns was called for tripping six minutes and 10 seconds in, which would lead to a Thunder power play goal. This one would come from Kristen Richards with her 12th of the year.

Markham’s Stacey would tally her second goal of the game a minute and 32 seconds later. Simmonds would also add on another Markham goal shortly after, making it 8-0 Thunder.

The Blades would earn a late power play chance, but would drop this one to Markham. Shots on goal for the game would stand with Markham at 41 and Boston at 22.

Three Stars

1 – Laura Stacey (Markham)

2 – Jamie Lee Rattray (Markham)

3 – Erica Howe (Markham)

Next Game

The Blades will be back in action tomorrow March 11 facing the Markham Thunder for their last regular season game of the year. Tickets are available online or at the door on game day.

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