The Boston Blades (CWHL) rallied for 6-2 and 5-2 wins this weekend, sweeping their first weekend series at home against the Toronto Furies.

On Saturday, in front of a crowd of more than 250, Jillian Dempsey scored a hat trick to propel the Blades to their 6-2 win.

She found the back of the net first in the first period, assisted by Kaleigh Fratkin and Hilary Knight. Fratkin would add her own scoring touch four minutes into the second period when she put a puck in the Furies’ net for a 2-0 lead. Dempsey scored her second goal six minutes later for a 3-0 lead.

The Furies would fight back, though, and Mallory Deluce put a puck past Blades goaltender Genevieve Lacasse on the power play. The Blades responded with Rachel Llanes beating the Furies netminder for a 4-1 lead. Dempsey added her third goal late in the second period to further the Blades’ lead to 5-1. Ashely Cottrell sealed the win for the Blades with a sixth goal in the third period.

On Sunday, the Blades killed four penalties and capitalized on one power play in their 5-2 win. The Blades took a 2-1 lead after oner period, with goals from Fratkin (assisted by Jessica Koizumi and Jordan Smelker) and Llanes (assisted by Blake Bolden) for the Blades and Carolyne Prevost (assisted by Natalie Spooner) for the Furies.

In the second period, Julie Allen put a puck behind Brittany Ott to tie the game at two-all. But the Blades responded with another goal from Llanes (assists from Alyssa Gagliardi and Monique Lamoureaux) for the 3-2 edge. The Blades extended their lead to 4-2 when Tara Watchorn put a puck behind Furies goaltender Sami Jo Small, assisted by Hilary Knight.

Jillian Dempsey added the fifth goal in the third period, on the power play, assisted by Meghan Duggan and Hilary Knight for the 5-2 win.

Dempsey finished the weekend with four goals. Knight finished the weekend with four assists.

The Blades will host the Montreal Stars next weekend, Nov. 22 at 8 p.m., and Nov. 23 at 2 p.m. at UMass Boston.

A college hockey fan and hockey player, Krista Patronick decided to pursue a career in sports management after earning a degree in English from the University of Massachusetts at Lowell in 2009 and spending three years in journalism. She received her Master's of Sports Management from Southern New Hampshire University in 2013. After realizing she was meant to work in the hockey world, Krista went to work in any press box she could get into. She kept statistics, wrote shot charts, tweeted and live-blogged her way to a job as an operations coordinator and marketing director at The Hockey Academy in Hudson, N.H. She works with the company's two junior teams, adult hockey players, and youth teams. Krista is a goalie and enjoys playing hockey in her spare time. She is a die-hard Bruins and River Hawks hockey fan. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram: @KristaPatronick


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