Blades Shutout by Red Star

The Blades hosted the Kunlun Red Star on Sunday afternoon where Boston Bruins mascot, Blades, made another appearance at Larsen Rink.

Photo by Merisa Boyd.

The Blades had their share of offensive opportunities, but weren’t able to connect for any goals as they fell to Kunlun in this one by a final score of 6-0.

Lauren Dahm was in goal for most of the game, making 61 of 65 saves before getting pulled in the third period, giving Amanda Carridi some time in net. Kunlun’s Noora Raty got the nod from her team, leading them to a shutout after making all 28 saves.

First Period

Kunlun began the first two minutes of the game in Boston’s end, but the Blades were able to gain some offensive zone time after carrying the puck up the ice and forcing Red Star to ice it.

The first power play opportunity of the game went to Boston as Kunlun’s Melanie Jue took a tripping penalty at the 4:18 mark. After about a minute of 5 on 4, the Blades gathered some time with a 5 on 3 chance after Baiwei Yu took a tripping penalty as well, though these personnel advantages would end with the score remaining 0-0.

The Blades dominated much of the offensive zone time through the first half of this period and when they played in their end, Dahm continued making the necessary saves to keep her team in it. Boston defender, Kristina Brown, also had a notable defensive performance this period both blocking shots and making hits to give her team back puck possession.

This lasted until there was 6:45 left in the period when Red Star defender, Zhixin Liu, scored her second of the year assisted by Madison Woo.

Before the end of the first, Boston would head on another power play after Jue headed to the box on a boarding call. Kunlun had a scoring opportunity shorthanded, but Dahm again made the save to keep her team in it. The Blades had good scoring chances on the personnel advantage, but would go scoreless and head to the locker room down 1-0.  Kunlun would also lead in shots on goal, 18-16.

Second Period

Just 32 seconds into the period, Kunlun would add to their lead with Jessica Wong’s sixth of the year assisted by Alex Carpenter and Kelli Stack.

Boston would follow up a few minutes later with a good offensive shift, but Raty remained on point.

The Blades faced a personnel deficit as Sato Kikuchi took a roughing penalty at 7:25. The Red Star used their advantage to add to their lead, this time Stephanie Anderson assisted Jue’s sixth of the year.

Kunlun’s Taylor Marchin took a body checking penalty soon after to give the Blades another power play chance. They had a couple scoring chances, but the puck didn’t make it into the net.

Immediately after their advantage, the Blades went back on the penalty kill after a goaltender interference call on Kate Leary. Kunlun had a shot ring off the post, but otherwise Boston held them scoreless on the 5 on 4 chance.

The penalties kept on coming as Kunlun had another power play chance before the end of the period after Dru Burns was called for roughing. Yet again, the Blades and Dahm held Red Star scoreless.

Just before the period ended, Michelle Ng received a holding penalty at 19:37. The Blades headed to locker room down by 3 after killing 23 seconds of the Red Star power play.

Third Period

26 seconds in, Boston faced another challenge as Meghan Grieves took a cross checking penalty. This sent the Red Star to a 5-on-3 advantage.  Megan Myers shined defensively during this as she blocked a shot and managed to later get the puck beyond the blue line. The Blades successfully killed both penalties they faced.

The Blades had some offensive zone time, but weren’t able to score as Jue had a point blank shot in front of Dahm on the other end, but the Boston netminder stood her ground.

Rachel Llanes followed up with another shot for Kunlun, but Dahm made a split save to keep her team down by 3 as the clock ticked down with 12 minutes to go.

After a turnover in their defensive zone, Boston would go down by four after Shiann Darkangelo scored unassisted for her eighth of the year. The Blades then took their timeout and pulled Dahm from the game. Carridi stepped in to finish out the game from here.

At the 10:45 mark, the Blades went back on the penalty kill as Taylor Wayslk skated to the box after a cross checking call. Kunlun added a fifth goal here with Stack’s 22nd goal of the season with assists coming from Wong and Marchin.

Stack would go on to tally her 23rd goal of the year with 4:26 to go in the game. This time the lone assist would come from Carpenter.

As the clock ticked down, Carridi was able to block a few redirected shots in front of her net. The Blades would drop this one by a final score of 6-0.

Three Stars

1 – Melanie Jue (Kunlun)

2 – Jessica Wong (Kunlun)

3 – Kate Leary (Boston)

Next Game

The Blades will have an opportunity to bounce back at Larsen Rink to face Kunlun for the final time of the regular season on Thursday, February 1. Puck drop is set for 7:40 p.m. Tickets are available online as well as at the door on game day.

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