The Calgary Inferno came to visit Larsen Rink for the home opener of the Boston Blades on Saturday October 21. The Blades took their third loss of the season in this one by a score of 3-1.
Both teams remained scoreless through the first period where the Blades’ forward, Taylor Waslyk took the only penalty of the period for crosschecking. The penalty kill stood strong as they fought off all of Calgary’s chances.
Both teams went back and forth with scoring chances as the Blades best chance came from forward Kaitlin Spurling with about 3 minutes left. Calgary had a late surge at the end of the period, but goaltender Lauren Dahm kept her team in it.
The goals started coming in the second period as the Inferno rang one up on the board first. Jacquie Pierri assisted forward Iya Gavrilova for her first of the season.
Blades defenseman Meaghan Spurling was called for interference at the 5:43 mark, but her team kept the Inferno scoreless on their powerplay. This didn’t last long though as Inferno’s Katelyn Gosling scored her first of the season with the assist coming from Kayla Gardner at 10:12 for Calgary’s second goal.
Times got brighter for the Blades as Calgary’s Pierri took a roughing penalty and Boston’s powerplay could get to work. Meghan Grieves and Dru Burns made up the assists for Kate Leary’s third goal of the season.
Calgary had 2 good scoring chances with less than 2 minutes to go in the second, but Dahm was there both times to keep her team down by 1 going into the third.
The Blades had a powerplay chance about 12 minutes into the third due to an interference call on Calgary’s Laura Dostaler, but came up short with a few good scoring chances.
Sophie Shirley caused the Blades to go back on the powerplay late in the game with a high sticking penalty. The Inferno managed to dominate the 2 minutes shorthanded though as they had 2 breakaway chances. Dahm came out on top saving both.
The Inferno sealed their 3-1 win with an empty net goal from Shirley with her first of the season.
“I like how we battled and kept it close to the end so we had a chance to throw the extra attacker out there to hopefully pop one in. Last year we didn’t have as many chances to pull me to get an extra attacker so that’s encouraging,” Dahm stated after the game. “I think the more shots we can get on this goalie and test her definitely will improve our chances, so hopefully there’s more of that tomorrow.”
The Blades will be back in action against the Inferno on Sunday, October 22 at 1 p.m. at Larsen Rink.
Written by Merisa Boyd