Mastercard Centre, Toronto – Sunday, Jan. 6th, 2013
Game 2 of the Stars-Furies series on Sunday, Jan. 6th, 2013. Once again at the Mastercard Centre – this time for an afternoon puck-drop – the Stars were looking for another decisive win against the Furies. In the Stars line-up were Caroline Ouellette, Sarah Vaillancourt, Meghan Agosta-Marciano and Charline Labonté – all members of the gold-winning Canadian Women’s Hockey Team in 2010. On the Furies bench were a handful of newly acquired draft picks hoping to carry their team all the way to a Clarkson Cup final.
Toronto was beaten 4-0 on Sat. so they did what every team needs to do in their situation – score the first goal. Finding a loose puck with 14 minutes still to go in the 1st period, Rebecca Johnston used her quick reflexes to grab and shoot. The result was a 1-0 lead for the Furies. That put Montreal on the offensive, with shots coming fast at the Furies goaltender – this time Erika Vanderveer. With lots of action in their own zone, the Furies found themselves handed a power-play after some pushing and shoving in front of their own net. Unable to capitalize on the 5-on-4, it was the Furies turn to be down a player. Trying to outwit the Star offense was nerve-wracking for the Toronto fans, but no shot got past Vanderveer. The score remained 1-0 in favour of Toronto.
The 2nd period opened with Nathalie Spooner, No. 5, spotting a loose puck. With her team playing short-handed, she scooped it up with her stick, took a quick look around and carried it all the way past the Star’s defence, deep into their zone. Using her long, powerful strides to drive right to the Montreal net, Spooner let off a shot that found its mark. An exciting goal and a 2-0 lead for the Furies.
Montreal nearly got their first goal of the game when the Furies netminder lost track of the puck briefly as it slid behind her and hovered on the goal line. Vanderveer retrieved the puck and put it safely in her glove, however, and the score remained 2-0.
Montreal was not going to settle for a scoreless game, though – especially with Megan Agosta-Marciano on the prowl. After getting the puck from Anne-Sophie Bettez, she promptly put it in the back of the Furies net, followed by another quick Star’s goal to even the score at 2-2. Nathalie Spooner soon answered for the Furies with her second goal of the night, receiving a great pass from her line-mates and buring the puck behind Labonté. Great action with the Furies now ahead 3-2. Determined to increase the lead, Rebecca Johnston turned up the heat, taking a series of shots on Labonté who made some great saves to deny her a goal.
After a boarding penalty inflicted by the Stars tough defencewoman, Haley Irwin, Spooner, Deluce and Johnston all went to work taking shots on the Stars goaltender. With just 4 minutes to go, the score still 3-2 in favour of Toronto, Montreal pulled some play-making magic out its hat and tied the game at 3-3 with a goal from Dominique Thibault.
The Furies fans were wondering if they would have to settle for a tie, when Toronto`s Tessa Bonhomme crossed the blue line and netted what turned out to be the winning goal. The team was jubilant as their captain came through with a clutch goal and ended the series with a win against a very tough Montreal team.