Brampton and Toronto split weekend home and home series

By Mark Staffieri

Home ice advantage did not work to either club?۪s advantage as both contests were won by the visiting team. The January 12 contest in Brampton found the Toronto Furies outscore the host team in every period to prevail by a 7-3 score. In the following game, Brampton prevailed 4-1 at the MasterCard Centre despite being outshot by a 30-23 margin.

The Furies potent offense was firing on all cylinders in the first game of the home and home series. At the 6:41 mark, the Zamora sisters connected as Kristy assisted on Kelly?۪s goal to provide the Furies with a 1-0 advantage. Less than two minutes later, Jennifer Wakefield added to the lead with assists going to Britni Smith and Tessa Bonhomme. Brampton would reply at the 14:45 mark as the period ended with Toronto ahead by a 2-1 mark.

During the first four minutes of the second stanza, the Furies remarkable line of Natalie Spooner, Rebecca Johnston and Mallory Deluce contributed two goals. Spooner would score at 1:36 while Deluce logged her only goal of the contest at 3:50.

Penalties would plague Brampton throughout the match. While both Toronto and Brampton each served three penalties in the first period, the second period saw no improvement for Brampton. While Toronto had only one penalty in the second, Brampton once again served three penalties.

Bailey Bram served a slashing penalty, while fellow rookie Laura McIntosh would be called for high sticking. With one minute remaining in the period, Sarah Moe had a holding penalty. While Liz Knox worked valiantly to nullify Toronto?۪s power play opportunities, Brampton?۪s chronic penalty troubles resulted in a scoreless period.

Thirty seconds after Dagg served a tripping penalty in the third period; Wakefield would log her second score of the game as Toronto jumped out to a convincing 5-1 lead at the 4:43 mark. Brampton?۪s Jayna Hefford tried to mount a comeback as she scored at 10:12 to reduce Toronto?۪s lead.

Once again, Dagg encountered penalty trouble (roughing at 12:51) forcing Brampton to go into penalty kill mode. After Knox contributed to Brampton successfully killing another penalty, the black and red managed to get back on the scoreboard. Remarkable rookie Bailey Bram scored at 15:12 with the assist going to Dania Simmonds as the Furies saw their lead shrink to 5-3.

A mere 38 seconds later, Wakefield scored her third goal of the contest (with Rebecca Johnston earning her third assist) to give Toronto another three goal lead. Despite Brampton?۪s best efforts, the club found itself incurring more penalty trouble as Dania Simmonds was called for body checking at 17:05. While Knox was the factor in ensuring that the Furies did not capitalize on the power play, she would be unable to stop Natalie Spooner with 20 seconds left, as the high scoring rookie logged her second score of the contest to ice the game for the Furies.

With the second game at MasterCard Centre, Toronto was unable to get the sweep. Brampton would take a 2-0 lead after the first frame and never look back. Despite persistent penalty problems (Gillian Apps would be penalized for hooking only 27 seconds into the contest), Brampton managed to persevere.

As Vicki Bendus was serving an interference penalty, Jayna Hefford would log a short- handed tally at 6:53 to provide Brampton with the first lead of the game. Almost seven minutes later, Hefford would get involved in the scoring again, as she assisted on Cherie Piper?۪s goal.

During the latter half of the first frame, it was Toronto that found itself in penalty trouble. Kori Cheverie would be called for hooking at 11:05, while Lexie Hoffmeyer was called for body checking with less than a minute to play.

Gillian Apps would atone for her first period penalty by taking advantage of Brampton?۪s power play. With Hoffmeyer still in the penalty box, Apps would score at the 39 second mark of the second as Brampton added to their lead. As Toronto faced a 3-0 deficit, the play started to become physical.

Just 62 seconds after Apps?۪ marker, Amanda Shaw found herself called for interference. The 6:48 mark saw Cheverie called once more for hooking. Five minutes and five seconds later, Apps was called for another penalty as she was sent to the box for interference.

The physicality would continue as tensions began to mount. Brampton?۪s Jennifer Kirk and Toronto?۪s Meagan Aarts were both called for roughing at 15:25. Despite the stout defensive play and the strong presence of Liz Knox between the pipes, Brampton found itself shorthanded again with 30 seconds left in the period. Apps would earn her third penalty of the contest as she was called for tripping.

Heading into the third period, the four penalties handed out went to some very unlikely competitors. Laura McIntosh, one of the high scoring rookies for Brampton received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty at 6:41. Dania Simmonds, the Union College alumni would join McIntosh in the penalty box 90 seconds later. Simmonds was given a cross checking call, while Toronto?۪s captain, Tessa Bonhomme was called for slashing.

With a 4 on 3 power play, the Furies managed to take advantage. Sami Jo Small set up the scoring play with a pass to Natalie Spooner, who found Lexie Hoffmeyer. She would bury the puck past Knox to spoil her shutout bid.

As there was a little over half a period left, the momentum shifted into Toronto?۪s favour. With Brampton?۪s captain Hefford serving a slashing penalty at 9:49, Toronto certainly believed that a comeback was possible. Despite their best efforts, Liz Knox shut down the Furies offense. The final two minutes saw Toronto use the extra attacker as a second goal could easily demoralize Brampton. Once again, Hefford proved to be unstoppable as she would score into an empty net to ice the game at 4-1.

Although Toronto outshot Brampton by a 30-23 mark, Hefford was the player of the game in this contest. She led all skaters in the contest as she had a hand in every goal with two goals and two assists, respectively. During the two game series, Hefford led all skaters with five points, while Wakefield and Spooner led the Furies with three goals each.

By Mark Staffieri

Home ice advantage did not work to either club?۪s advantage as both contests were won by the visiting team. The January 12 contest in Brampton found the Toronto Furies outscore the host team in every period to prevail by a 7-3 score. In the following game, Brampton prevailed 4-1 at the MasterCard Centre despite being outshot by a 30-23 margin.

The Furies potent offense was firing on all cylinders in the first game of the home and home series. At the 6:41 mark, the Zamora sisters connected as Kristy assisted on Kelly?۪s goal to provide the Furies with a 1-0 advantage. Less than two minutes later, Jennifer Wakefield added to the lead with assists going to Britni Smith and Tessa Bonhomme. Brampton would reply at the 14:45 mark as the period ended with Toronto ahead by a 2-1 mark.

During the first four minutes of the second stanza, the Furies remarkable line of Natalie Spooner, Rebecca Johnston and Mallory Deluce contributed two goals. Spooner would score at 1:36 while Deluce logged her only goal of the contest at 3:50.

Penalties would plague Brampton throughout the match. While both Toronto and Brampton each served three penalties in the first period, the second period saw no improvement for Brampton. While Toronto had only one penalty in the second, Brampton once again served three penalties.

Bailey Bram served a slashing penalty, while fellow rookie Laura McIntosh would be called for high sticking. With one minute remaining in the period, Sarah Moe had a holding penalty. While Liz Knox worked valiantly to nullify Toronto?۪s power play opportunities, Brampton?۪s chronic penalty troubles resulted in a scoreless period.

Thirty seconds after Dagg served a tripping penalty in the third period; Wakefield would log her second score of the game as Toronto jumped out to a convincing 5-1 lead at the 4:43 mark. Brampton?۪s Jayna Hefford tried to mount a comeback as she scored at 10:12 to reduce Toronto?۪s lead.

Once again, Dagg encountered penalty trouble (roughing at 12:51) forcing Brampton to go into penalty kill mode. After Knox contributed to Brampton successfully killing another penalty, the black and red managed to get back on the scoreboard. Remarkable rookie Bailey Bram scored at 15:12 with the assist going to Dania Simmonds as the Furies saw their lead shrink to 5-3.

A mere 38 seconds later, Wakefield scored her third goal of the contest (with Rebecca Johnston earning her third assist) to give Toronto another three goal lead. Despite Brampton?۪s best efforts, the club found itself incurring more penalty trouble as Dania Simmonds was called for body checking at 17:05. While Knox was the factor in ensuring that the Furies did not capitalize on the power play, she would be unable to stop Natalie Spooner with 20 seconds left, as the high scoring rookie logged her second score of the contest to ice the game for the Furies.

With the second game at MasterCard Centre, Toronto was unable to get the sweep. Brampton would take a 2-0 lead after the first frame and never look back. Despite persistent penalty problems (Gillian Apps would be penalized for hooking only 27 seconds into the contest), Brampton managed to persevere.

As Vicki Bendus was serving an interference penalty, Jayna Hefford would log a short- handed tally at 6:53 to provide Brampton with the first lead of the game. Almost seven minutes later, Hefford would get involved in the scoring again, as she assisted on Cherie Piper?۪s goal.

During the latter half of the first frame, it was Toronto that found itself in penalty trouble. Kori Cheverie would be called for hooking at 11:05, while Lexie Hoffmeyer was called for body checking with less than a minute to play.

Gillian Apps would atone for her first period penalty by taking advantage of Brampton?۪s power play. With Hoffmeyer still in the penalty box, Apps would score at the 39 second mark of the second as Brampton added to their lead. As Toronto faced a 3-0 deficit, the play started to become physical.

Just 62 seconds after Apps?۪ marker, Amanda Shaw found herself called for interference. The 6:48 mark saw Cheverie called once more for hooking. Five minutes and five seconds later, Apps was called for another penalty as she was sent to the box for interference.

The physicality would continue as tensions began to mount. Brampton?۪s Jennifer Kirk and Toronto?۪s Meagan Aarts were both called for roughing at 15:25. Despite the stout defensive play and the strong presence of Liz Knox between the pipes, Brampton found itself shorthanded again with 30 seconds left in the period. Apps would earn her third penalty of the contest as she was called for tripping.

Heading into the third period, the four penalties handed out went to some very unlikely competitors. Laura McIntosh, one of the high scoring rookies for Brampton received an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty at 6:41. Dania Simmonds, the Union College alumni would join McIntosh in the penalty box 90 seconds later. Simmonds was given a cross checking call, while Toronto?۪s captain, Tessa Bonhomme was called for slashing.

With a 4 on 3 power play, the Furies managed to take advantage. Sami Jo Small set up the scoring play with a pass to Natalie Spooner, who found Lexie Hoffmeyer. She would bury the puck past Knox to spoil her shutout bid.

As there was a little over half a period left, the momentum shifted into Toronto?۪s favour. With Brampton?۪s captain Hefford serving a slashing penalty at 9:49, Toronto certainly believed that a comeback was possible. Despite their best efforts, Liz Knox shut down the Furies offense. The final two minutes saw Toronto use the extra attacker as a second goal could easily demoralize Brampton. Once again, Hefford proved to be unstoppable as she would score into an empty net to ice the game at 4-1.

Although Toronto outshot Brampton by a 30-23 mark, Hefford was the player of the game in this contest. She led all skaters in the contest as she had a hand in every goal with two goals and two assists, respectively. During the two game series, Hefford led all skaters with five points, while Wakefield and Spooner led the Furies with three goals each.