It just wasn't the Blades weekend.
The scoring came early and often for Montreal, who held a 4-0 lead after just one period. Karell Emard, who had three goals on the day, tallied just a minute and 23 seconds into the contest. Caroline Ouellette also found the back of the net four times.
Jetta Rackleff started for the Blades but the early onslaught from Les Canadiennes chased her at the start of the middle frame. Lauren Dahm was forced into duty, and Montreal scored 16 seconds into her appearance with a second goal from Emard.
Now 0-9-1, the Blades struggled to skate with Montreal (9-2-1) and were unable to clear the puck multiple times, leading to several Montreal chances that Les Canadiennes did not waste.
Saturday’s 5-0 loss was disheartening, but it wasn’t even Boston’s worst loss of the weekend. The Blades suffered an 11-0 loss to the same Canadiennes team on November 11th. Needless to say, it was a rough weekend for the Blades and their fans. Boston was outscored by a margin of 15-0.
Caroline Ouellette extended her league leading point total to 21 on the season while Marie-Philip Poulin sat out Sunday’s contest. Poulin did play on Saturday night at Walter Brown Arena in her return to Boston University.
Emard also buried her fifth goal this season, which puts her just two goals shy of her total from 2015-16.
Netminder Charline Labonte was able to sit out on Sunday. Playing in her place was Catherine Herron, who was asked to make just five saves against Boston. The Blades duo was forced to face a staggering 61 shots in that same game.
Along with Poulin on Saturday night, former Boston University player Sarah LeFort also was back at her old rink, and faced off against two of her former teammates on the Blades: Dakota Woodworth and Kayla Tutino.
“It’s pretty amazing,” LeFort said. “To be back there [at Walter Brown] was great and even to watch the [BU] girls before our game was a nice feeling.
“It’s always fun to play against former team mates. It puts a smile on my face out there,” LeFort continued. “We joke around every now and then, but when we’re on the ice we’re ready to play and play for our colors, and today was a well fought game.”
Montreal will next take the ice against Calgary on Saturday afternoon at home while Boston takes a road trip to Toronto to face the Furies.
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