By Steve Kendall
CAMBRIDGE, MA – It was not pretty at times, but it was a win.
Kelli Stack scored a pair of goals to lead the Boston Blades to a 3-1 win over the Brampton Hockey Club in Canadian Women’s Hockey League action at Harvard University’s Bright Arena Saturday afternoon.
The Blades (7-2) stayed pace with the Montreal Stars (8-1), remaining two points behind the CWHL leaders. Boston will host Brampton (4-3-2) Sunday at noon at Bright Arena.
Stack started the scoring just 1:03 into the game, converting a feed from Erika Lawler. She also closed the scoring with an unassisted goal at the 8:19 mark of the third, giving Boston a 3-1 lead. Jaclyn Hawkins scored Boston’s other goal, which broke a 1-1 tie five minutes into the second period.
Courtney Barchard scored the lone goal for Brampton.
Stack and Lawler are tied for the team lead with 11 points, and Stack leads the team with 8 goals. Lawler’s assist was her team-leading 9th of the season.
In addition to Stack’s outstanding performance, the Blades also needed superb play for goalie Molly Schaus, who turned away 37 Brampton shots – including 15 in both the first and third periods. It was a typical strong game for Schaus, who improved to 6-2 with a league-leading 2.22 goals against average and .898 save percentage with the win.