Brampton Thunder and Toronto Furies each host two-game series this weekend

Nov. 15, 2015, Marbolough, MA. - Brampton Thunder player Jamie Lee Rattray shoots during a game against Boston Blades in Marbolough, MA on Nov.15, 2015. (Photo by Michelle Jay/Along the Boards)

Nov. 15, 2015, Marbolough, MA. – Brampton Thunder player Jamie Lee Rattray shoots during a game against Boston Blades in Marbolough, MA on Nov.15, 2015. (Photo by Michelle Jay/Along the Boards)

By Hunter Crowther (@HunterCrowther

The Brampton Thunder and Toronto Furies will play their first home games of the 2016-17 regular season this weekend with contests both Saturday and Sunday.

The Thunder play at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Powerade Centre against the Montreal Canadiennes, then the two teams meet again Sunday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Toronto begins their campaign Saturday night at the MasterCard Centre 8 p.m. ET versus the Boston Blades, then again Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.

Brampton looks for bounce back after tough opening weekend

Brampton lost their first two games of the regular season in Calgary against the Inferno last weekend, falling 3-2 in a shootout on Saturday, then 3-2 in regulation on Sunday.

Forward Jess Jones had two assists on Saturday, then another on Sunday. 2016 third overall pick and former Dartmouth captain Laura Stacey scored her first career CWHL goal in the loss on Sunday.

Last year, Brampton finished the regular season with a 16-7-1 record, where they were eliminated in two games by the Clarkson Cup winning Inferno in the first round of the playoffs.

The Thunder had a 1-5 record versus Montreal last season.

Furies aim for positives in 2016-17

Natalie Spooner (above, 24) has become one of the best female hockey players on the planet. (Sportsnet.ca)

Natalie Spooner (above, 24) has become one of the best female hockey players on the planet. (Sportsnet.ca)

Toronto is hoping to improve after a 6-16-2 record in 2015-16, two years after winning the Clarkson Cup in 2014. They were swept by Montreal in the first round of last year’s post-season.

Natalie Spooner finished fifth in league scoring last season — the top four scorers all played for Montreal, FYI — and the former Ohio State Buckeye will be looked upon for whatever success the Furies hope to achieve this year.

Blue liner Renata Fast, the 2016 second overall  pick out of Clarkson University, had 57 points in 144 games in her four years in the NCAA, and should bring both offensive ability and responsible defensive play in her own end right away.

Toronto had a 2-4 record last season versus Boston.

Blades, Furies make Canadian 4 Nations Cup team 

10 players between Brampton and Toronto were named to Team Canada’s 4 Nations Cup team, which will compete against the United States, Sweden and Finland this November in Vierumaki, Finland.

Forward Jamie Lee Rattray and Laura Stacey, defenders Courtney Birchard, Laura Fortino and Jocelyne Larucque and goaltender Erica Howe represent Brampton in the Canadian lineup.

For Toronto, forwards Jenelle Kohanchuk and Natalie Spooner, as well as defenders Erin Ambrose and Renata Fast are wearing the red and white.

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