Milestone Weekend for Furies: Hometown Hockey, Teddy Bear Toss, and a 50/50 Split

Katy Tearle
December 12 2016 10:26PM

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Furies' Captain, Natalie Spooner battles for the puck in Sunday's game against the Blades. (Photo Credit: Chris Tanouye / CWHL)

This weekend was a highlight reel from beginning to end for the Toronto Furies. The Furies, the coaches, and the game day crew all bussed up to Stratford, ON for Rogers Hometown Hockey on Saturday for the Furies 4-3 win over the Boston Blades, and Sami-Jo Small's return to play after almost 2 years. Sunday saw the Furies' 2nd Annual Teddy Bear Toss, a stunning performance by Blades' goaltender Lauren Dahm, and the Blades first win of the season.

HOMETOWN HOCKEY

The Furies played back to back weekends in Rogers Hometown Hockey events. Last weekend, they faced off in Barrie against the Brampton Thunder. This weekend, the entire Furies game day team took to the roads and braved the snow in Stratford, ON - Emily Fulton's home town. Saturday's game against the Boston Blades took place at Stratford's William Allman Arena in front of a hometown crowd of close to 1000 people. 

The Furies played a solid game, with goals from (hometown favourite) Emily Fulton, Michela Cava, Carolyne Prevost, and Jenna Dingeldein. The Blades made them work for it, keeping the Furies on the penalty kill, and driving their own scoring on the powerplay. The Furies took the W in the end, 4-3, but Saturday marked the evening that the Blades really came into their own and functioned as a complete team and showed a glimmer of both the Blades of old, and the formidable opponent they will be in the future.

LONG LIVE THE QUEEN

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Sami-Jo Small makes her return with a 4-3 win over the Boston Blades. (Photo Credit: Katy Tearle)

It's been almost 2 years since Gold Medal Olympian, Clarkson Cup Champion, and most recently, mum, Sami-Jo Small suited up for the Toronto Furies. But on Saturday night, in the William Allman Arena in Stratford, Small donned the gear and started in net for the Furies. Small stepped back into her crease with barely a misstep, only the tiniest bit of rust showing from her time away from the net. She would face 26 shots in their 4-3 win, stopping all but 3. 

LET 'EM FLY

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Furies' Jess Vella looks on as a junior skater helps to clean up the bears from Sunday's Teddy Bear Toss. (Photo Credit: Chris Tanouye / CWHL)

The Toronto Furies' 2nd Annual Teddy Bear Toss was held on Sunday December 11th. The Furies' Teddy Bear Toss is an initiative annually sponsored by Bridgeforce Financial. The Furies first goal came about halfway into the first period, scored by Michela Cava on an assist from Carolyne Prevost. Hundreds of bears were tossed onto the MasterCard Centre ice, and picked up by members of the Orillia Hawks Girls Hockey Association. All bears will be donated to children's charities.

The Furies continued to play a solid game after the bears were cleaned up, sending shot after shot on Boston goaltender, Lauren Dahm. However, the Blades defense crowded in, clogging up the neutral zone, and making sure players like Natalie Spooner had some of the sting taken out of their game before they ever reached the offensive zone.

WEEKEND OF LEGENDS

The CWHL saw many milestones outside of just the Furies this weekend. Les Canadiennes de Montreal played for the first time in the Bell Centre, home of the Montreal Canadiens. They beat the reigning Clarkson Cup Champions, the Calgary Inferno, 1-0. 

Les Canadiennes de Montreal forward, Caroline Ouellette, scored her 300th career point with the CWHL in Sunday's game against the Calgary Inferno. The point came as an assist on Ann-Sophie Bettez' goal in the first period. 

The Boston Blades notched their first win of the season (unfortunately) against the Toronto Furies. Goaltender Lauren Dahm played in back-to-back games and put up some outstanding saves. Dahm faced 54 shots in Saturday's game and 40 in Sunday's game, pulling her team through for the first win of the season with a diving save in the dying seconds of overtime. 

COMING UP NEXT

The Toronto Furies next play on Saturday December 17th at MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence. Puck drops at 8pm.

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Born in Adelaide, Australia, but now residing in Toronto, Canada, Katy has always been a fan of ice sports, with a love (and borderline fanaticism) of hockey following naturally. She is currently also a CWHL Volunteer. She shamelessly enjoys knitting and making sarcastic commentary of TV shows.