NWHL Game Recap – 10/13/2019 – Buffalo Beauts v. Boston Pride

Buffalo Beauts (1-1-0 2pts) v. Boston Pride (1-0-0 2pts)

 

Game Recap:

After falling short to the Boston Pride the night before the Buffalo Beauts look to get themselves back into the win column, but it would be the Pride striking early as McKenna Brand would be able to jam the puck past Beauts rookie goaltender Mariah Fuijimagari to make it 1-0 a minute forty-five seconds into the game. Following the goal the Pride would continue to surge against the Beauts, but the Beauts would create an offensive opportunity that would draw a powerplay opportunity. However, the Beauts would squander their opportunity when recently signed Pride forward Emily Fluke would be coming into the Beauts zone and Iveta Klimasova would take her down to end the Beauts powerplay early. Then once on the powerplay Kaleigh Fratkin would send an outlet pass to Brand who would streak in on Fujimagari to score her second of the game. However, the Beauts would respond as Brooke Stacey would drive to the net and a fight to get the puck past Lovisa Selander to get the Beauts back within one, but the McKenna Brand show would not be denied as Brand would score a little over a minute later to complete the hat trick. Then near the end of the period Fluke would tip a point shot from Jenna Rheault to score her first goal as a member of the Pride. At the end of the first period the Pride would be up 4 to 1.

 

In the second period the Pride would continue their push as Alyssa Wohlfeiler would make a drive to the net and put the puck top shelf over Fujimagari to make it 5-1 for the Pride, and also spell the end of Fujimagari’s game as Beauts Head Coach Pete Perram would send in Kelsey Neumann to tend the Beauts net. Then a little under eight minutes later Emily Fluke would get her second of the game after tipping a shot past Neumann to grow the Pride’s lead to five. Megan Delay would take an unnecessary penalty for the Beauts shortly after, but the Beauts would be up to the task as they would kill the Pride’s powerplay opportunity. But the Pride would still strike once again after the powerplay was over as the how duo of Carlee Toews and Lexie Laing would strike again as Toews would score her first of the game and third of the weekend series to give the Pride the 7-1. However, a late penalty by Tori Sullivan would give the Beauts a late powerplay, but before the period would end while shorthanded Mary Parker would make a great defensive play to give herself a breakaway, but she would be robbed by Kelsey Neumann with a spectacular split legged save to keep the game 7-1 for the Pride heading into the second intermission.

 

In the third period the Beauts would have thirty seconds left to their powerplay, but the Beauts would struggle to create any momentum with it. But the Beauts would get another opportunity when McKenna Brand took a tripping penalty, however, the Pride would kill this one off as well. The Pride would then take one more penalty as Lexi Bender would be called for body checking, but the Beauts uninspired play would cost them their powerplay as Kim Brown would be called for slashing. After the Pride’s powerplay had expired Jillian Dempsey would get through all of the defenders and Neumann to roof the puck to grow the lead to seven. After the goal both teams would trade penalties and result in some extended four on four hockey, and during the four on four the Pride would come close to extending their lead, but Neumann would find a way to keep the puck out of the net. At the end of the game McKenna Brand would try to get her fourth of the game, but she would be unable to do so before the final buzzer sounded. The Pride would sweep the weekend series two games to none, and will be back in action next weekend as they host the defending Isobel Cup Champion Minnesota Whitecaps.

 

Lineups:

Buffalo Beauts:

Taylor Accursi – Becki Bowering – Corinne Buie

Brooke Stacey – Cassidy MacPherson – Iveta Klimasova

Kim Brown – Sara Bustad – Kandice Sheriff

Erin Gehen –  –

Ashley Birdsall – Megan Delay

Lenka Curmova – Marie-Jo Pelletier

Richelle Skarbowski – Ana Orzechowski

Mariah Fujimagari

Kelsey Neumann

 

Boston Pride:

Carlee Toews – Lexie Laing – Tori Sullivan

Emily Fluke – Mary Parker – Alyssa Wohlfeiler

McKenna Brand – Jillian Dempsey – Christina Putigna

Kaleigh Fratkin – Jenna Rheault

Mallory Souliotis – Briana Mastel

Lauren Kelly – Lexi Bender

Whitney Renn –

Lovisa Selander*

Victoria Hanson

 

First Period:

BOS Goal – 1:45 – McKenna Brand (2) from Jillian Dempsey (2)

BOS Penalty – 8:13 – Kaleigh Fratkin 2 minutes for Interference

BUF Penalty – 9:58 – Iveta Klimasova 2 minutes for Tripping

BOS PPG – 10:39 – McKenna Brand (3) from Kaliegh Fratkin (2)

BUF Goal – 11:25 – Brooke Stacey (1) from Taylor Accursi (2) and Cassidy MacPherson (1)

BOS Goal – 12:36 – McKenna Brand (4) from Mallory Souliotis (2) and Christina Putigna (2)

BOS Goal – 14:41 – Emily Fluke (1) from Jenna Rheault (1)

 

End of 1st – BUF – 1       BOS – 4

Shots              12                 11

PP                 0/1                  1/1

 

Second Period:

BOS Goal – 3:15 – Alyssa Wohlfeiler (1) from Kaleigh Fratkin (3)

BOS Goal – 11:12 – Emily Fluke (2) from Lexi Bender (1) and Alyssa Wohlfeiler (1)

BUF Penalty – 12:46 – Megan Delay 2 minutes for Roughing

BOS Goal – 15:51 – Carlee Toews (3) from Lexie Laing (3)

BOS Penalty – 18:30 – Tori Sullivan 2 minutes for Tripping

 

End of 2nd – BUF – 1       BOS – 7

Shots              22                 26

PP                 0/2                  1/2

 

Third Period:

BOS Penalty – 1:41 – McKenna Brand 2 minutes for Tripping

BOS Penalty – 9:03 – Lexi Bender 2 minutes for Body Checking

BUF Penalty – 10:39 – Kim Brown 2 minutes for Slashing

BOS Goal – 13:29 – Jillian Dempsey (3) from Christina Putigna (3)

BUF Penalty – 14:40 – Becki Bowering 2 minutes for Hooking

BOS Penalty – 15:21 – McKenna Brand 2 minutes for Slashing

 

End of 3rd – BUF – 1       BOS – 8

Shots              27                 42

PP                 0/5                  1/4

 

Next Up:

Boston (3-0-0 6pts) v. Minnesota (1-0-0 2pts) Oct. 19th and 20th

Buffalo (1-2-0 2pts) v. Connecticut (0-1-0 0pts) October 19th and 20th

 

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