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KRS Vanke Rays Open Season with against Furies

 

TORONTO( Oct 15, 2018, by Maura Sun) – It didn’t take KRS too long to move forward from their spring of Clarkson. After the team rebrand and a series of moves in the offseason, Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays turned the page on 2017-2018 and paid their complete attention to the season opener against the home team Toronto Furies. Vanke Rays rout Toronto Furies 5-1 in season opening and shut out them in the back-to-back game on Sunday. Two big wins within 24 hours have shown that Vanke Rays have maintained the momentum from their phenomenal first season and prepared to return to the Clarkson Cup.

Season Opener: Rookies quick to make impact on team

 

Hannah Miller and Leah Lum are not afraid to skate in tough areas. They want to be parts of the contributions as a rookie forward with Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays this season.

Hannah Miller made her season debut a memorable one by notching the first KRS Vanke Rays goal in the CWHL in the first period.

“It’s a little bit quicker,” when asked the biggest difference between professional sports and collegiate sports, Hannah said.  “The biggest thing is everybody’s mind, and compete level, you know. Those players have played the games for a long time. There are a lot of depts through all the teams this year. Especially in Olympic year, Olympic athletes back in our league. It’s going to be a fun season and it’s a great league to be a part of.”

 

Leah Lum scored twice in the third period. The fourth-generation Chinese heritage player has proven to be the new dominant force in the team.

 “It’s surreal. Carps, Woods and Racheal made great plays on both my goals. I just put the puck back in the net,” said Leah. “We built our chemistry on our five exhibition games in preseason. Here, finally on our CWHL game, it looks pretty good out there. I am excited about this season.”

Second Game: Woods, Carp, Raty help Vanke Rays shut out Furies

 

When KRS Vanke Rays face the same team twice in a row, there is no need to change the winning lineup.  But still, playing two games in 24 hours is a huge challenge especially for a visiting team.

Woods scored in the last minute in the first period. Alex Carpenter doubled the Vanke Rays lead in the second period.  She then added one into an empty net with 4 seconds left in the last period. Four-time Olympian Noora Raty made 26 saves on Sunday for her first shutout this season. She made 7 shutouts last season (6 in the regular season, 1 in the playoff).

You can’t win a Clarkson cup relying only on your goalie. Last season, the team relied on their goaltender very much to carry them to the final.

“That was a problem at the beginning, because they know Noora is back there, no big deal,” said Coach Deraney. “But we got over that. I am really excited the fact that our players are playing just as hard in front of her as it would be in front of Kim or Yuqing. It doesn’t matter who we are playing. We are going to play our game. We are going to play to our identity. We are going to play the full 200 feet.”

Last season, both Kunlun Red Star and Vanke Rays struggled a little on defense. This year, the rebranded Shenzhen KRS Vanke Rays heavily inflate the strength of their depth on defense.

“The defence today is a combination of our forwards being really responsible coming back and defence being able to stay up.” said Coach Deraney.

 

Game 1: KRS Vanke Rays 5, Toronto Furies1

Game 2: KRS Vanke Rays 3, Toronto Furies 0

Game 3: Wednesday, Oct 17 – 8:45 PM –MasterCard Center – Rink 1( Toronto)

CWHL Unveils 2017-18 Season Schedule

As it prepares for yet another exciting season, the CWHL unveiled today its 2017-18 regular season schedule, featuring 98 games to be played from October to March. Twenty-three games will be streamed live while four will be broadcast nationally on Sportsnet.

Opening weekend is set for Saturday, Oct. 14 and Sunday, Oct. 15 with a GTA battle between the Markham Thunder and Toronto Furies in Toronto. In Montreal, the Clarkson Cup champion Les Canadiennes begin their title defence against the Boston Blades.

Hockey fans will get their first look at the CWHL’s newest teams, Kunlun Red Star and Vanke Rays, when the Markham Thunder opens their home schedule on Oct. 21-22 while Vanke makes its debut against the Furies in Toronto on Oct. 28-29. The Thunder and Furies will also be the first teams to travel to China as Vanke hosts Toronto and Kunlun welcomes Markham beginning Nov. 18.

The Rays and Red Star will face off for the first time on Dec. 8.

After 6,000 fans turned out for the first-ever women’s professional hockey game at the Bell Centre last year, Les Canadiennes will return on Nov. 11 for a tilt against Kunlun.

The season’s first rematch of the last two Clarkson Cup finals goes on Jan. 6-7 when the Inferno hosts Montreal.

The CWHL will take a two-week break from Feb. 10-23 for the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, which will feature many current and former CWHL players.

VIEW THE SCHEDULE (PDF)

Single-game tickets will be on sale on Friday, Sept. 22 at 5 p.m. Season tickets are on sale now and this year’s package includes a “Bring a friend” ticket, allowing you to share your love of the CWHL for one of your games, as well as a special promotional offer courtesy of your team.

Season tickets: Canadian teams

Season tickets: Boston Blades

Individual tickets