The Connecticut Whale came in looking to get their first win, on this early campaign. They unfortunately fell to the Beauts in their home opener 2 weeks ago, but there was a lot of positives to take from that game.
Here is the starting line up for today’s game:
The Whale hopped out to a quick start in the first period. It would only take 5 minutes for them to get their first goal. The goal coming from Jane Morrisette, it would be her first career NWHL goal. The assist on the play came from Jordan Brickner. It would not take long for Morrisette to add her second career NWHL goal as 2 minutes later, she would double the Whale lead. The assist on this play came from Elena Orlando. About 4 minutes later, the Whale would add a third goal, this time it came from Shannon Doyle, it would be her first goal of the season, assist from Jordan Brickner, her second of the period. It staked the Whale to a 3-0 lead at the end of the first.
Penalties in the first were 2 penalties to the Beauts, to the Whale’s 1. The Whale were the only team to capitalize on a power play in the first, with Shannon Doyle’s goal.
In the second period, both teams would get into penalty trouble as there were 11 total penalties called. 7 against the Beauts and 4 against the Whale. However the Beauts would begin their climb back into the game as 2 minutes into the frame, the Beauts would get their first goal of the game. It came from Taylor Accursi, with the assists coming from Corinne Buie and Iveta Klimasova. 9 minutes later, the Beauts would get another one back as Lenka Curmova would get one past Sonjia Shelly, with the assist coming form Brooke Stacey. That would be the end of the scoring for the period with the Whale holding a 3-2 lead heading into the third. Both goals for the Beauts in the period came via the power play.
In the third period, the Whale would get on the board first, as it would be Sarah Hughson who would beat Fujimagari. The assist came from Jane Morrisette, it would be her third point of the game, and it gave the Whale a 4-2 lead. However, this 2 goal lead would be short lived as 2 minutes later, Brooke Stacey would answer right back, assists on the play coming from Erin Gehen and Iveta Klimasova, her second assist of the game. 2 minutes later, the Beauts would get another quick strike, as Kim Brown would tie the game up, the assist on the play came from Lenka Curmova, her second point of the game. The Whale would get a late 5 on 3 power play but failed to capitalize and the game went to overtime.
Penalties in the third was 4 for the Beauts and 2 for the Whale. Both teams scored a goal while on the power play.
In the extra session, it would be almost the entire period before we got the decisive goal. After the Whale took a penalty late in the frame, it proved to be costly as Buffalo found a way to capitalize on it. The goal coming from Marie-Jo Pelletier who got it by Shelly.
The Whale can not dwell on this game, as they will play these same Beauts again tomorrow. Puck drop will be at 130p.
For those who are interested, Whale defender Shannon Doyle has 5 blocked shots on the season, while she did not register a blocked shot today, she is donating a $1 for every block she records for her fundraiser Blocks For Books. Here is the link for those who want to make a donation too.