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Weekend Update: CWHL opening weekend

How all 8 CWHL, NWHL games shook out this weekend

Michelle Jay

NWHL

Saturday Oct. 13

Buffalo Beauts beat Connecticut Whale in Buffalo; 7 - 0

Goals

  • Whale: n/a
  • Beauts: Savannah Harmon (1), Anikka Zalewski (2), Hayley Scamurra (1), Maddie Elia (1), Julianna Iafallo (1), Corinne Buie (1)

First year NWHL goaltender Shannon Szabados got her first start, shutout, and win in the Beauts’ home opener. The Whale...well...they had a rough first pair of games but its still doesn’t look great in Stamford. Meeri Räisänen was pulled for Sam Walther, who saw her first regular season NWHL action.

Die By The Blade’s recap

The 2018-19 Buffalo Beauts home opener against the Connecticut Whale could not have been scripted any better if it were a Disney movie. The home team was superior to its opponent in almost every aspect of the game - something that fans of the Queen City are getting used to seeing from its most dominant sports club. The 7-0 victory marks the first back-to-back shutouts in team history, with Shannon Szabados getting her first in her professional women’s hockey career

Boston Pride beat Metropolitan Riveters in Boston; 5 - 1

Goals

  • Pride: McKenna Brand, Dana Trivigno, Haley Skarupa, Jillian Dempsey, Emily Field
  • Riveters: Amanda Kessel

The Riveters looked to bounce back after a rough opening weekend in Minnesota. However, a retooled Pride were a bit too much. The game was fast paced, but the Pride controlled the puck most of the time. The scoring broke opening in the third where the Pride scored four of their five, all from different players.

In a scary moment, Riveter Madison Packer went down after a hit from Toni Ann Miano and had to be stretchered off the ice. The league announced she was released from the hospital Sunday morning and did not sustain serious injury.

CWHL

It was opening weekend of the CWHL!

Saturday Oct. 13

Les Canadiennes de Montreal beat Calgary Inferno in Laval; 2 - 1

Goals

  • Les Canadiennes: Maude Gelinas, Sarah Lefort
  • Inferno: Brianna Decker

Montreal rookie Maude Gelinas netted her first CWHL goal.

What might have overshadowed the game was the fact that Zoe Hickel appeared to have brought a dog with them on the trip.

KRS Vanke Rays beat Toronto Furies in Toronto; 5 - 1

Goals

  • KRS Vanke Rays: Hannah Miller, Alex Carpenter, Leah Lum (2), Minghui Kong
  • Furies: Natalie Spooner

Pension Puppet Plan’s recap (below the Markham recap)

If you saw the boxscore from tonight showing the Furies only a goal back until the final 5 minutes of the game, you could be forgiven for thinking this was a pretty even game with a little bad luck at the end. This was a frustrating game to watch.

Markham Thunder beat Worcester Blades in Markham; 6 - 0

Goals

  • Thunder: Victoria Bach, Jess Jones (2), Laura Stacey, Ailish Forfar, Nicole Brown
  • Blades: n/a

Blades rookie goaltender Mariah Fujimagari got the start over Lauren Dahm. The two split the game as Fujimagari came out almost exactly halfway through the second after letting in three goals. Thunder rookies Victoria Bach and Ailish Forfar both netted goals in their first regular season CWHL game.

Pension Puppet Plan’s recap

Sunday Oct. 14

Thunder beat Blades in Markham; 4 - 1

Goals

  • Thunder: Jess Jones, Daniella Matteucci, Jamie Lee Rattray, Victoria Bach
  • Blades: Casey Stathopoulos

At one point, according to Twitter, the Blades had two goals. The mixup was never cleared up, but at the end of the game they only had one goal. Bach picked up her second on the weekend, and her career.

The Blades appear to be trying out all of their goalies this weekend. Rookie goaltender Jessica Convery got the start and once again Dahm came in at just about the halfway mark in the second period.

Pension Puppet Plan’s recap

Inferno beat Les Canadiennes in Montreal; 3 - 1

Goals

  • Les Canadiennes: Mélodie Daoust
  • Inferno: Brianne Jenner, Rebecca Leslie, Rebecca Johnston

Marie-Philip Poulin got the assist on Daoust’s first CWHL goal, moving her to 9th in the scoring in CWHL history.

KRS Vanke Rays beat the Furies in Toronto; 3 - 0

Goals

  • KRS Vanke Rays: Emma Woods, Alex Carpenter (2)
  • Furies: n/a

Pension Puppet Plan’s recap

KRS Vanke Rays and the Furies have one more game on Wednesday night.