Montreal blanks Brampton in Clarkson Cup play
The Montreal Stars got goals from Meghan Agosta and Caroline Ouellette on Friday to down Brampton HC 2-0 to stay perfect at the Clarkson Cup women's hockey tournament.
Montreal goalie Jenny Lavigne picked up the shutout in the game at Niagara Falls as the Stars improved to 2-0.
Agosta scored off a rebound in the first and Ouellette followed that up later in the period to give Montreal a two-goal advantage.
Brampton (1-1) had some great scoring opportunities to cut the Stars' lead but failed to get anything past Lavigne. Brampton also had a goal disallowed.
"The game was definitely a hard fought battle, it was going both ways," Agosta said. "For us, we just stuck to our game plan, and our goalie had an amazing game."
Kelli Stack scored a pair of goals as the Boston Blades cruised to a 5-2 win over the Toronto Furies in the second game.
The Blades (1-1) opened the scoring just over three minutes into the first period when Stack beat Furies goaltender Sami Jo Small in close on just the second shot of the game.
About a minute later Toronto (0-2) replied when a flutter shot from the point by Britni Smith managed to find its way past a screened Molly Schaus in goal.
Just prior to the midway point of the second period Stack once again showed her speed and puck-handling skills with a great solo effort for her second goal of the night.
"It started off with a chip pass and I just tried to get my feet going and take it wide," said Stack. "I held it as long as I could and figured there was a chance it would go in if Sami Jo made the first move."
The Blades largely took control of the game through 40 minutes after outshooting Toronto 26-12.
Jess Koizumi scored the insurance goal for Boston early in the third on a goalmouth scramble, and just over a minute later the game was put out of reach at 4-1 when Gigi Marvin added a goal of her own.
The onslaught continued when the Blades scored their fifth of the game when Whitney Naslund wired a blistering shot past Small, who was then taken out of the game in favour of Erika Vanderveer.
Kori Cheverie scored for the Furies just past the midway point of the third to make the score a bit more respectable, although the final shots on goal were 42-19.
Following the game, Blades head coach Lauren McAuliffe was pleased with her team's effort.
"We had a lot of contributors and our defensive zone play was better than I've seen it in a while," said McAuliffe.