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The Boston Blades struggle in Calgary

The Blades dropped the second game of the weekend to the Inferno, 4-1.

Blades Captain Tara Watchorn, goaltender Genevieve Lacasse and Inferno forward Sarah Davis.
Blades Captain Tara Watchorn, goaltender Genevieve Lacasse and Inferno forward Sarah Davis.
Ari Yanover

After a promising end to their opening series against Toronto, the Blades hit a wall in Calgary, loosing both games to the Inferno by a combined score of 11-2.

Despite what could have been a frustrating set of loses for the young team, veterans Genevieve Lacasse and Tara Watchorn were able to see the positives in Boston's performance.

"I thought we got better as the weekend went on," said Lacasse.

The team has had to rely on it's goaltender considerably early this season. After facing 88 shots in two games against Toronto, Lacasse saw another 102 shots in the pair against Calgary, the high being 56 in Saturday's game.

Despite the high goal count last weekend, Lacasse has a .926 GAA so far this season.

"When you have a goalie like Lacasse in net, it makes a huge difference," Watchorn said.

Watchorn shared Lacasse's sentiments that the team got better as they became more familiar with Calgary. In Sunday's game, Watchorn scored the team's last goal at the end of the second period. The two teams played far more evenly in the last two periods of that game, with Calgary scoring two goals to Boston's one and outshooting the Blades by just 5 shots.

Watchorn thinks this bodes well for her team playing Calgary at home this weekend.

"Knowing what to expect is going to help a lot," she said.

One of the best things for the team may not have even happened on the ice. With so many young, first year players, the Blades have struggled to play cohesively early on. Even with the lopsided games past weekend, Watchorn said that opening the season with two road trips has helped the team build rapport and camaraderie.

"It has given us a chance to hang out and bond," she said.

The newly named captain of the team has seen "a lot of good effort" so far and is confident in her squad.

"We have girls that are really just playing for love of the game," Watchorn said. "It's going to be a really fun year."