Toronto, Ont.— Team White beat Team Blue 9–5 as more than 8,000 fans enjoyed an afternoon of spectacular hockey at the 2017 CWHL All-Star Game, held at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. The game became a goal scorer’s clinic, showcasing the incredible talent and passion of the CWHL’s best in one amazing event, including an 8 goal third period.
Lead by fan-voted captain Carlee Campbell of the Toronto Furies, Team White came away with a surging victory on the back of a hat trick and 4-point game from the Calgary Inferno’s Jill Saulnier, a hat trick from Brampton Thunder’s Jess Jones, and a 4-point effort from Marie-Philip Poulin. The Boston Blades’ Meghan Grieves and Calgary’s Rebecca Johnston also scored for Team White.
The Natalie Spooner & Meaghan Mikkelson-lead Team Blue tried to mount a comeback, drawing the game to 4-2 deficit by the end of the second period, but fell short despite two goals from the Toronto Furies’ Jenelle Kohanchuk. Calgary’s Brianne Jenner and Haley Irwin and Toronto’s Kelly Terry also potted markers in the effort.
Despite ending up on the wrong side of the equation, co-captain Natalie Spooner was positive about the game. “There’s so many fans that come out the game and are able to watch on television. They’re able to watch the best of the best, which is what we want to showcase.”
Carlee Campbell, the victorious captain, echoed those sentiments. “Back when we were growing up, we didn’t have the opportunity to see events like the CWHL All Star Game, so for the fans in attendance, especially the little girls, it’s just so special.”
The CWHL regular season draws to a close next weekend before the CWHL Playoffs start, leading towards the Clarkson Cup Final on Sunday, March 5th at 4:00PM in Ottawa at the Canadian Tire Centre.
FINAL: TEAM BLUE 5 at TEAM WHITE 9
Saturday, February 11, 2017 – Air Canada Centre
1, TEAM WHITE, Jones 1 (Campbell (Eusepi), Johnston), 7:36.
2, TEAM WHITE, Jones 2 (Saulnier, Johnston), 12:03.
3, TEAM WHITE, Saulnier 1 (Poulin), 14:05.
4, TEAM BLUE, Terry 1 (Rattray), 15:42.
5, TEAM WHITE, Saulnier 2 (Poulin), 18:41.
6, TEAM BLUE, Jenner 1 (Spooner, Rattray), 19:20.
7, TEAM BLUE, Kohanchuk 1 (Irwin), 1:31 (PP EN).
8, TEAM WHITE, Johnston 1 (Campbell (Eusepi)), 3:08.
9, TEAM WHITE, Poulin 1 (Stacey, Vint), 6:32.
10, TEAM BLUE, Irwin 1 (Kohanchuk), 6:42.
11, TEAM WHITE, Jones 3 (Johnston), 9:04.
12, TEAM BLUE, Kohanchuk 2 (Bettez), 10:28.
13, TEAM WHITE, Grieves 1 (Poulin, Fortino), 17:20.
14, TEAM WHITE, Saulnier 3 18:52 (EN).
Shots on Goal
TEAM BLUE 8-18-13-0-39.
TEAM WHITE 15-8-13-0-36.