Buffalo Beauts (1-0-0, 2 pts) @ Boston Pride (1-0-0, 2 pts)
In the second weekend of the NWHL, we got ourselves a pretty good match up with the Buffalo Beauts and the Boston Pride. Both teams were coming off victories in their opening weekend and were looking to continue their momentum early on in the season.
In the first period, there was complete domination by the Boston Pride. They came out strong in their home opener and really took it to the Beauts, as the Pride out-shot the Beauts by a tally of 19 to 4, however it took until late in the period before the Pride would be able to break through Beauts goalie Mariah Fujimagari. It was a great drive to the net by Carlee Toews, and with the puck loose in front of the net, it was Lexie Laing that would stash home the rebound with about a minute left in the period. The goal would be Lexi Laing’s first goal of her career in the NWHL.
Penalties in the period were one apiece with no power play goals coming from it with both penalty kills doing their job well.
In the second period, the Boston Pride came out and continued their momentum from the first period. The Pride would continue to out-shoot the Beauts, as Fujimagari would hold her own until the six and a half minute mark of the period when the Pride would get themselves an odd man rush, and a goal was slotted home by Carlee Toews. Assists on the play came from Lexie Laing and Tori Sullivan. For Toews, it would be her first goal of her career in the NWHL.
The Pride would continue the pressure on the Beauts, as wave after wave of offensive chances were coming for Boston. It would take twelve minutes before the Pride would get another goal. The goal coming from Christina Putigna, which would be unassisted. It would give the Pride a 3-0 lead. The goal would also be the first NWHL goal for Putigna.
About a little over a minute later, Carlee Toews would nab her second goal of the game as the assists would once again come from Lexie Laing and Tori Sullivan. The period would mercifully end for the Beauts with the Pride having a 4-0 lead.
The Pride out-shot the Beauts 16-8 in the second period. There were two penalties called on the Beauts, and one on the Pride, but neither team would be able to score on the power play.
In the third period, the game finally settled down. Everything was very even, in terms of offensive chances and shots on goal. Both Fujimagari and Lovisa Selander were making great saves. About halfway through the period, Brooke Stacey would get sprung on a breakaway, only to have Chritstina Putigna hook her as she was about to take the shot. A penalty shot was awarded on the play, where Stacey would skate down the middle and put a great shot past Selander to get the Beauts on the board.
Later on in the period, after some more back and forth action between both teams, Iveta Klimasova would gather the puck at center ice. She looked like she might wait for re-enforcement to come. However she wound up a beautiful slap shot that would beat Selander to cut the lead to two.
However, that would be the closest the Beauts would get to coming back in the game as the Pride defense shut them out the rest of the way to secure the 4-2 win for Boston.
The Pride out-shot the Beauts again in the third period 10-8. The only penalty called in the period went against the Pride but the Beauts could not capitalize on the power play.
It will be a quick turnaround for both teams, as they will square off against each other tomorrow at 230p.
Starting line up for the Beauts:
Game day line up for the Pride: