Blades and New Head Coach Kacy Ambroz Score First Win of the Season

The Blades faced the Toronto Furies for the first time this season on Saturday night and skated off at the end having secured their first win of the season by a final score of 4-2. The Blades had four different goal scorers followed by goaltender Lauren Dahm making 37 of 39 saves in this one.

Photo by Merisa Boyd.

First Period

The Blades started out physical and at the 5:49 point of the first period, Furies’ Alexa Aramburu took a hooking penalty to put the Blades on the power play.

With about 20 seconds left in the 5 on 4 chance, the Blades would get on the board first with a goal from Meghan Grieves, her fourth of the season assisted by Melissa Bizzari.

Bizzari made her presence known again a few minutes later as the Blades would add on another goal with her assist at the 11:12 mark scored by Michelle Ng.

Photo by Merisa Boyd.

The Blades continued their dominant play as they tilted the ice in their direction, but Toronto managed to get a 3 on 2 chance up the ice. With just under four minutes left in the period, Toronto cut Boston’s lead in half with Emily Fulton’s unassisted sixth goal of the season.

2 minutes later, a turnover in front of the net led to Toronto’s tying goal. Assisted by Hayley Williams, Danielle Gagne scored her second of the season.

The teams would head into the middle period with the score tied at 2 and shots on goal tied at 14 a piece.

Second Period

46 seconds in, Toronto would earn their first power play opportunity of the night after Grieves took a body checking penalty. The Furies would go unsuccessful on the power play and following the penalty, Grieves set the Blades up for multiple scoring chances.

After a save by Toronto’s Sonja van der Bliek, the Blades would score off the face off with Taylor Wasyik’s first of the year assisted by Casey Stathopoulos and Chelsey Goldberg.

Almost halfway through the second, Boston’s Sato Kikuchi would take an interference penalty. The Furies stormed Dahm, but she held them scoreless during the 2-minute advantage.

Megan Myers was dominant in this period setting up multiple scoring opportunities and blocking a shot from the point with about 7 minutes left.

Kikuchi gave the Blades a good final chance to score with under a minute left after stopping the puck from going past the blue line, but the period would end with the Blades up 3-2 and total shots on goal in Boston’s favor 31-24.

Third Period

The Furies and Blades went back and forth with scoring opportunities through the first two minutes of the third. Toronto began to see more scoring chances after the Blades iced the puck twice in a row.

Boston’s Myers found herself on a breakaway a couple minutes later, but van der Bliek stood her ground on the play. Shortly after, Kate Leary skated behind the net and then sent a pass in front of the goal, which forced Toronto’s Michelle Saunders to take a body checking penalty, putting the Blades on another power play.

After an unsuccessful 5 on 4 attempt, Stathopoulos had a potential breakaway chance, but the puck was sent a little too far in front of her as the clock ticked down with 10 minutes to go. Furies’ Jenna Dingeldein followed with a breakaway chance of her own, but shot the puck too high.

The Blades would extend their lead off yet another breakaway opportunity. This time Myers entered the Furies’ zone and passed it over to Leary where she buried her fourth goal of the year.

Dahm continued to make saves as her team played more and more in the Toronto end, but the Furies would earn another power play chance after Kristina Brown took an interference penalty.

During the penalty kill, Dahm made two impressive back-to-back saves to keep her team up by 2. The Blades would go from facing a 5 on 4 disadvantage to 4 on 4 play after Toronto’s Gagne took an interference penalty about a minute into their power play.

Following the Blades power play, Dahm would face a 2 on 1 scenario where she would make the save with just under 3 minutes to go in the game. A few seconds later, she would make another 2 saves to keep her team up by 2.

Toronto then took their time out and emptied their net with 2:15 left to go. The Blades had a couple opportunities to score on the empty net. By the end, any empty net goal went unneeded as Boston would walk away with their first win of the season by a final score of 4-2.

Post Game

Head coach Kacy Ambroz spoke after the game about what her team’s first win means for her in her first home game as the team’s head coach.

“It feels amazing. It feels very deserving with what the girls put out there tonight. They worked for one another and were super positive the whole game and everything had to do with the girls and how they performed,” she stated.

She was then asked if there had been any recent shifts in play or if she thinks this first win is a reflection of a season’s worth of hard work.

Photo by Merisa Boyd.

“It’s been a process. I knew this whole season that our first win wasn’t going to be easy and the girls just kept at it. They never got down,” Ambroz continued, “We had some games that I feel could have gone either way and they still just kept going and never gave up. I think it was just a lot of hard work coming together.”

Three Stars

1 – Melissa Bizarri (Boston)

2 – Hayley Williams (Toronto)

3 – Lauren Dahm (Boston)

Next Game

The Blades will be back in action later today, Sunday January 7 at 2:30 p.m. at Larsen Rink in Winthrop.

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