Isobel Cup Final Recap – 3/17/19 – #2 Buffalo Beauts v. #1 Minnesota Whitecaps

#2 Buffalo Beauts v. #1 Minnesota Whitecaps

 

Game Recap:

The Isobel Cup has come to Minnesota as the #1 ranked Whitecaps host the #2 ranked Buffalo Beauts. To start the game, both teams would feel eachother out and see who would make the first mistake to see who can capitalize. The Whitecaps would get the first powerplay opportunity when Kelly Babstock would be called for Slashing, but the Beauts would kill off the penalty and generate an offense rush for themselves leading to Emily Pfalzer letting go of a bomb from the point to give the Beauts a late 1-0 lead. However, the Whitecaps would not sit back, and they would force a turnover and break Amy Menke into the Beauts zone to score top shelf above Nicole Hensley’s glove to tie the game with less than two minutes in the first period.

 

For the second period, we would see a lot of back and forth between the two teams, however, the period would be plagued with four tripping penalties and neither team capitalizing on their powerplay opportunities. Both Hensley and Amanda Leveille played spectacular im this period.

 

For the third period we would see things heat up as both teams trade chances and getting really close calls to swing the game their way, but both teams are getting great goaltending, some solid defense, and most importantly some really, really lucky bounces. However, neither team could get that next goal before the end of regulation, so this game will now go into overtime.

 

In overtime it would only take 49 seconds for Lee Stecklein to bomb a point shot from a Katie McGovern pass to win the Minnesota Whitecaps their first ever Isobel Cup Championship in their first season in the NWHL.

 

Lineups:

Buffalo Beauts:

Hayley Scamurra – Maddie Elia – Dani Cameranesi

Emily Janiga – Kelly Babstock – Julianna Iafallo

Corinne Buie – Annika Zalewski – Taylor Accursi

Blake Bolden – Emily Pfalzer

Lisa Chesson – Savannah Harmon

Jacque Greco – Emily Pfalzer

Blake Bolden – Sarah Edney

Nicole Hensley

Julia DiTondo

 

Minnesota Whitecaps:

Kendall Coyne-Schofield – Hannah Brandt – Amy Menke

Jonna Curtis – Katie McGovern – Kate Schipper

Kalli Funk – Laura Barnes – Allie Thunstrom

Lee Stecklein – Amanda Boulier

Winny Brown – Lisa Martinson

Emma Stauber – Chelsey Rosenthal

Amanda Leveille

Julie Friend

 

First Period:

Beauts Penalty – 12:49 – Kelly Babstock 2 minutes for Slashing

Beauts Goal – 17:01 – Emily Pfalzer from Blake Bolden and Annika Zalewski

Whitecaps Goal – 18:23 – Amy Menke from Kendall Coyne Schofield and Lee Stecklein

 

End of 1st – BUF – 1       MIN – 1

Shots              08                04

Faceoffs         08                05

PP                 0/0                 0/1

 

Second Period:

Beauts Penalty – 3:58 – Savannah Harmon 2 minutes for Tripping

Beauts Penalty – 12:16 – Dani Cameranesi 2 minutes for Tripping

Whitecaps Penalty – 12:45 – Amanda Boulier 2 minutes for Tripping

Whitecaps Penalty – 16:35 – Lauren Barnes 2 minutes for Tripping

 

End of 2nd – BUF- 1        MIN- 1

Shots               16                 18

Faceoffs          21                 17

PP                   0/2                  0/3

 

Third Period:

Whitecaps Penalty – 4:54 – Emma Stauber 2 minutes for Interference

Beauts Penalty – 16:19 – Kelly Babstock 2 minutes for Tripping

 

End of 3rd – BUF – 1         MIN – 1

Shots              23                   29

Faceoffs        31                    22

PP                 0/3                    0/4

 

Overtime:

Whitecaps Goal – :49 – Lee Stecklein from Katie McGovern

 

End of OT – BUF – 1         MIN – 2

Shots              23                   30

Faceoffs        31                    24

PP                 0/3                    0/4

 

 

Huge thanks to Erik Wollschlager of Die By The Blade for the assistance with the lineups

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