The 12th season of CWHL hockey got underway this weekend with all six teams in on the action. The Markham Thunder welcomed the Worcester Blades, the Toronto Furies battled the Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays and Les Canadiennes de Montréal hosted the Calgary Inferno.
The Thunder picked up right where they left off after their Clarkson Cup-winning season, scoring a total of 10 goals against the Worcester Blades. It was a similar situation in Toronto where the Shenzen KRS Vanke Rays showed their dominance over the Furies by winning both games. In Montreal, it was a tighter battle, with the Inferno and Canadiennes splitting the weekend set; Montreal taking the opener, 2-1, and Calgary celebrating victory on Sunday, 3-1.
Forward Laura Stacey led the way for the Thunder this weekend scoring 1 goal and earning 5 assists against the Worcester Blades while rookies Ailish Forfar, Ella Matteucci and Victoria Bach scored their first goals in the CWHL. Alexandra Carpenter and Emma Woods led the scoring for the KRS, Alex with 3 goals and 2 assists, Emma with 1 goal and 3 assists. KRS rookie forward Leah Lum scored 2 goals, her first in the CWHL. Scoring was balanced among the Inferno and Les Canadiennes; Mélodie Daoust and Maude Gelinas scored their first CWHL goals, with Rebecca Johnston, Brianna Decker and Brianne Jenner leading the way for the Inferno with a total of 6 points amongst them.
Oct. 13: Markham 6, Worcester 0
Oct. 13: Shenzhen 5, Toronto 1
Oct. 13: Montreal 2, Calgary 1
Oct. 14: Markham 4, Worcester 1
Oct. 14 Shenzhen 3, Toronto 0
Oct. 14: Montreal 1, Calgary 3
Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays (2-0-0; 4 points) vs. Toronto Furies (0-2-0; 0 points)
Wednesday, Oct. 17, 8:45 PM EDT – Mastercard Centre – Rink 1
Toronto Furies (0-2-0; 0 points) vs. Worcester Blades (2-0-0; 0 points)
Saturday, Oct. 20, 3:00 PM EDT – Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Arena | CWHL Live
Sunday, Oct. 21, 2:10 PM EDT – Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Arena
Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays (2-0-0; 4 points) vs. Calgary Inferno (1-1-0; 2 points)
Saturday, Oct. 20, 8:00 PM MDT –Winsport Arena | CWHL Live
Sunday, Oct. 21, 10:30 AM MDT – Winsport Arena
Markham Thunder (2-0-0; 4 points) vs. Les Canadiennes Montreal (1-1-0; 2 points)
Saturday, Oct. 20, 6:00 PM EDT –Complexe Sportif Bell
Sunday, Oct. 21, 1:30 PM MDT – Complexe Sportif Claude-Robillard
This season, 18 games will be streamed on CWHL Live. The full streaming schedule is available here.