By Steve Kendall
CAMBRIDGE, MA – With a three-week break staring her in the face, Boston goalie Molly Schaus wanted to make sure she had a good weekend.
One day after a 37-save performance, Schaus topped it with a 47-save effort to lead the Boston Blades to a 5-2 win over the Brampton Hockey Club in a Canadian Women’s Hockey League game Sunday afternoon at Harvard University’s Bright Arena.
With the two-game weekend sweep of Brampton, the Blades improved to (8-2) and increased its second place lead in the process. Boston could be in a first-place tie with Montreal by Sunday night, as the Stars face Alberta.
“This was a really important weekend for us,” Schaus said. “We knew we needed to play well and get a couple wins heading into the break.”
Kelli Stack, who had two goals in Saturday’s win, had a hat trick on Sunday, scoring Boston’s first, fourth, and fifth goals, to give her 11 on the season. Kate Buessler added three assists while Erika Lawler and Gigi Marvin had two helpers each, while Lindsay Berman and Jessica Koizumi each netted their first goals of the season for the Blades.
Jayna Hefford and Ashley Riggs scored for Brampton.
“It was important to get two wins against a real good team,” Stack said. “I think our depth, [four lines versus 13 skaters for Brampton] was a big difference. We were fresh. Plus, Molly played great in both games.”
The scoring came fast and furious once the puck dropped. After scoring in the first minute on Saturday, Stack again got the Blades going early, scoring just 25 seconds into the game. Two minutes later, Berman made it 2-0 with assists going to Bray Ketchum and Marvin. Almost two minutes later, Brampton got on the board when Riggs found the back of the net.
Despite being outshot 23-11 in the second period, the Blades extended their lead with a pair of goals from Koizumi and Stack to take a 4-1 lead into the third period.
Brampton fired 16 more shots at Schaus in the third period, and pulled to within 4-2 on Hefford’s goal with 11:37 to play. However, Stack answered three minutes later, capping her hat trick off a nice feed from Lawler.
“We are real happy with this weekend – we beat a good team twice,” Scahus said. “Hopefully we can carry this over after the break.”
Boston is off until January 7, when it travels to Burlington, Ontario to open a two-game series with the Barracudas.