Thunder Have Big Impact in Rivalry Series

Feature photo by Heather Pollock


  • Game One: Canada 0 – 1 USA
  • Game Two: Canada 4 – 3 USA
  • Game Three: USA 0 – 2 Canada

The Thunder sent six players to the Rivalry Series – Victoria Bach, Laura Fortino, Jocelyne Larocque, Laura Stacey, and Jamie Lee Rattray for Team Canada, and Megan Bozek for Team USA. Every game of the series was a nailbiter, and extremely fun to watch!

The members of the Thunder played well on both sides of the ice, and contributed to countless scoring opportunities and great defensive plays. Stacey and Rattray acted as wingers for Blayre Turnbull (Inferno) for most shifts, while Bach centred an all GTA line with Sarah Nurse and Natalie Spooner (Furies) on her wings. Fortino was paired with Renata Fast (Furies) as we saw in the 4 Nations Cup, Larocque suited up alongside Erin Ambrose (les Canadiennes), and Bozek was once again on the ice with Kacey Bellamy (Inferno) who she saw time with at 4 Nations and during the CWHL All-Star Game.

London played host for the first game, and there were big moments for each of the Thunder players. Some gorgeous passes from Bach, scoring chances from Stacey, Rattray, Fortino and Bozek, and a spectacular defensive play from Larocque. Unfortunately, no Markham players got on the board in this one (aside from a few penalties… but we won’t talk about that).

Game two in Toronto featured the largest bout of offence, with Thunder players at the centre of the storm for Team Canada. Marie-Philip Poulin (les Canadiennes) was on the ice with Stacey and Rattray during a line change, and opened the scoring for Canada, tying the game less than two minutes after the USA got on the board.

A few minutes after the USA took back the lead, Canada was on the power play, and Fortino re-tied the game at 2-2.

Canada had taken the lead by the end of the first off another goal on the advantage, but it wasn’t until the third period that another goal would be added to the scoreboard. Rattray received the puck from Stacey, then refiled it past the blocker side of Katie Burt, widening Canada’s lead.

Even though the USA was able to get another goal, Rattray’s marker would stand as the game winner!

The final game of the series took place in Detroit, and the teams went back to the low-scoring intensity of the first game. Rattray and Stacey once again found themselves on the scoresheet assisting on Turnbull’s goal which gave Canada the 2-0 lead that would stand as the final score.