Connecticut Whale played the Boston Pride yesterday at the Warrior Ice Arena in Boston. I got to listen to the third period while Michael and I were on our way home from covering the Riveters home opener against the Whitecaps in the Prudential Center. The Whale played better in this game than their two previous games, but ultimately had the same result. However, there are some positives to be taking from this game; for starters, they scored. The third game in the season and they were able to put the biscuit in the basket. Second, their puck movement in the offensive zone was good; they have always been really good at this. Thirdly, their neutral zone play and some aspects of their defensive zone play were fantastic, as they did a really good job mucking it up, making it difficult for the Pride.
3 Notable Players for the Whale
Meeri Räisänen: I wonder if I’ll need to keep count of how many times I will put her on this list. She again played spectacularly for the Whale, unfortunately in a losing effort, but she was good today for 28 saves.
Emily Fluke: The captain of the Whale was once again, leading by example. In front of many family and friends, I’m sure, she got the Whale’s second goal of the game making sure that the game was tied heading into the third.
Katerina Mrázová: After celebrating her birthday on the 19th, she played splendidly. She ended up getting the Whale their first goal of the year, and added an assist on Emily Fluke’s tying goal in the second. She also followed that up with a significant offensive chance while on the penalty kill.
You can check out the box score to the game here:
Quote of the Day
While Michael was conducting interviews with the Riveter players, I heard Madison Packer say this, “It’s not how you start, its how you finish.” She is absolutely right in this regard. It is still very early in the season, and there are positives to take away from the game. Things will get better for the Whale as the season goes on, I truly believe that. The Whale have some time off before their next game which is on Sunday November 18th against the Metropolitan Riveters in the Barnabas Health Hockey House at 2p.