Welcome to the TXHT NWHL Weekend Recap for the Weekend of Saturday, October 5th and Sunday, October 6th, 2019, plus news coming out of the weekend.
Saturday, October 5th, 2019
Game #1 – Buffalo Beauts v. Connecticut Whale
- The Beauts would get goals from three different scorers as they would down the Whale in their home opener at Danbury Arena 3-1 in what was a tightly contested matchup.
- Lenka Curmova would score the first goal of the season for both the Beauts and the NWHL. Curmova becomes the first Slovakian to score in the NWHL.
- Curmova’s goal was also the first powerplay goal of the season, and her first career NWHL goal.
- Beauts would also get goals from Brooke Stacey (first career NWHL goal), and Corinne Buie (empty netter).
- The Whale’s lone goal would come from Grace Klienbach.
- In net Mariah Fujimagari would make 29 saves on 30 shots for the Beauts for her first career NWHL win, while Sonjia Shelly would make 13 saves on 15 shots for the Whale in her first career NWHL game.
- Shaggy’s TXHT Game Recap
Game #2 – Boston Pride v. Metropolitan Riveters
- In a game that had three 5 on 3 opportunities, the Pride would get a pair of goals from Jillian Dempsey to lead them past the Riveters 4-2.
- The Pride would also get goals from Tori Sullivan (first career NWHL goal), and McKenna Brand (empty netter).
- The Riveters would get goals from Kendall Cornine (first career NWHL goal) and Collen Murphy (powerplay goal, first career NWHL goal).
- The Pride would have one 5 on 3 opportunity, while the Riveters had two attempts with the 5 on 3 woman advantage.
- In net Lovisa Selander would make 23 saves on 25 shot for her first career NWHL win for the Pride, and Sam Walther would make 36 saves on 39 shots in her Riveters debut.
- Michael’s TXHT Game Recap
News and Notes
- The Bridgeport Sound Tigers of the AHL and the Connecticut Whale announced that on February 22nd, 2020 that the Sound Tigers will be hosting the first ever AHL and NWHL doubleheader with the Whale.
- Per the release, on Saturday, February 22nd at Webster Bank Arena, the Whale will host the Boston Pride in NWHL action at 2p ET, then at 7p ET the Sound Tigers will host the Hershey Bears. The Sound Tigers are also offering a combined ticket for both games in the Sound Tigers/Whale doubleheader for $25 which are available for purchase now.
Player of the Week
- Buffalo Beauts defender Lenka Curmova has been named the first VEDA NWHL Player of the Week for season 5 of the NWHL.
- Curmova became not only one of the first two Slovakian born players to appear in an NWHL, but she also is the first Slovakian to score a goal in the NWHL. Cumova would be named the VEDA Player of the week not only for the history that she made, but also for her all around play in the Beauts 3-1 victory over the Whale on Saturday, October 5th.
* All Graphics Courtesy of the NWHL.
*Photo of Lenka Curmova by Bryan Johnson Photography.