The NWHL season kicked off this past weekend, and it was the Buffalo Beauts facing off against the Connecticut Whale in the opener. After a very spirited contest, it was the Beauts getting the two points at the end of the game with a 3-1 victory.
Before the game started, there was a special ceremony in which, the mayor of Danbury, CT came out to center ice and performed a ceremonial puck drop.
As for the game itself, it was a very penalty filled first period. There were six penalties called (4-2 Beauts in that department). However, it would be the Buffalo Beauts who would take the lead on a power play goal from Lenka Curmova. Assists on the play were from Marie-Jo Pelletier and Corinne Buie.
(Two things about this tweeted photo: the new arena is nice, and the new jerseys are fantastic!)
In the second period, things started to settle down, the Whale would get an equalizing goal about half way through the second period. The goal was scored by Grace Klienbach, with the assists coming from Sarah Hughson and Elena Orlando.
After some intense action in the third period, with lots of great back and forth action, and the goalies seemingly settled into the game. It would be the Buffalo Beauts scoring a late game winning goal with about four minutes left in the game. The goal was scored by Brooke Stacey with the assists coming from Ashley Birdsall and Iveta Klimasova. About three minutes later, Corinne Buie would seal the win with an empty netter, Taylor Accursi would nab an assist on the play.
The goaltending for the Beauts was Mariah Fujimagari, she faced 30 shots and made 29 saves. The goalie for the Whale was Sonjia Shelly, she faced 15 shots and made 13 saves.
The next set of games that the Connecticut Whale play, will be on Saturday October 19th and Sunday October 20th. The game will be in Buffalo at their new facility, Northtown Center. The puck drop will be at 1130a for the 19th, and 130p on the 20th.