After making their marks in North America, Kunlun Red Star and the Vanke Rays are doing the same on home soil.
The first CWHL games in China kicked off on Saturday with Kunlun hosting the Toronto Furies. Kelli Stack scored the first home goal in Red Star history en route to a 3-1 victory. She added another in Sunday’s 2-0 win and now sits tied with Vanke’s Hanna Bunton for the League lead in goals with nine.
Kunlun’s Baiwei Yu made history on Sunday when she found the back of the net, becoming the first Chinese-born player to score a goal in the CWHL.
Bunton’s hot start to the season continued in the Rays’ games against the Markham Thunder, with the rookie recording her fourth multi-point game in seven outings so far. Meanwhile, teammate and fellow freshman Cayley Mercer continues to lead the way in CWHL points, adding five her total on the weekend to sit at 16 on the season (six goals, 10 assists).
The Rays now boast the top four point-getters in the League, all rookies.
After their weekend triumphs, Kunlun (5-4-0) is tied for third in the CWHL with idle Montreal with 10 points while Vanke (6-1-0) sits second, just two points shy of first-place Calgary.
Toronto and Markham will continue their China trips this week when the Furies face the Rays and the Thunder take on Red Star.