It’s been a busy January for the Brampton Thunder. After flying to Calgary and having a split series with the Furies, Brampton swooped into Boston with the expectation of taking over third place. They did just that.
Game 1 – Win 8-0
It was an exciting time for the Thunder being able to play at the gorgeous Walter Brown arena at Boston University. It didn’t take long to use that excitement and turn it into execution. Brampton was able to score 4 goals early in the first period to begin that game with commanding momentum (MacAulay, McParland, Jones, Vint). “We came out strong and executed the game plan right away,” said coach Fines. The 2nd and 3rd period would be no different with Brampton scoring another 4 unanswered goals to take the game 8-0 (Fortino, Rattray, Jones x2). Jess Jones records the hat-trick putting herself number one in points in the league and Liz Knox earned her 4th shutout of the season.
Coach Fines explained why his team is seeing more success, “Jones has been on a roll lately. Goaltending has been great from Knox and Howie. The coaching staff feels confident in everyone we throw on the ice that they will do the job and play the game the right way.”
3 Stars – *Rattray **Knox ***Jones
Game 2 – Win 4-0
The Thunder continued their onslaught of attack into Sunday burying 4 goals behind goalkeeper Lauren Dahm. Although Dahm was able to make 46 saves it wasn’t enough to keep the Thunder off the board. Kaitlyn Tougas scored her first professional goal on a nice breakaway pass from defense Laura Fortino. Rattray, King and Vint were able to follow up with tallies of their own. “Better game for us defensively I thought. We didn’t give up a ton of chances and Howie made the saves we needed to,” Fines describes. Erica Howe earned her 1st shutout of the yeat stopping 25 shots.
With the win The Brampton Thunder have taken soul possession of third place in the CWHL. Jess Jones sits atop the leaderboard with the most points in the league making her case for league MVP. “The emergence of players like Mcparland, Tougas, MacAulay up front is going to make us deadly down the stretch,” says Fines. “We just need to be committed to defense and winning the little battles. Staying out of the box would help too but we play hard and we make other teams adjust.”
3 Stars – *Dahm **Howe ***Fortino