The Whale skated against the Boston Pride today, still looking for their first win on the season.
In the first period, the Pride got off to a great start. They out-shot the Whale a ton in the period, and were rewarded with the first goal of the game. The goal came from McKenna Brand, and the assist on the play came from Jillian Dempsey. The pride would take a 1-0 lead, heading into the second period. Where the domination continued, in which the Pride outclassed the Whale in all aspects of the game. However it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.
In the third period, even though the Whale were heavily out-shot, they tied the game up. The goal coming from Hanna Beattie, it would be her first NWHL goal of her career. The assists on the play came from Maddie Evangelous and Shannon Doyle. The game would head to overtime with the score tied 1-1.
In overtime, there was no scoring, and the game would go on to a shootout. In the shootout, it would be the Pride going first. McKenna Brand didn’t score, and the Whale would counter with Elena Gualtieri, she didn’t score. In the second round, the Pride would send out Tori Sullivan, who made a nice deke and scored. The Whale sent out their rookie top scorer Emma Vlasic, she did not score. In the third round, with a chance to end it, the Pride sent out Jillian Dempsey, she was unable to finish. The last hope for the Whale was Kaycie Anderson, who unfortunately was unable to score. The Pride would escape with a 2-1 victory.
Both goalies were spectacular, as the Pride had Lovisa Selander between the pipes. She faced 24 shots and made 23 saves, including stopping all three Whale players in the shootout. The Whale had Brooke Wolejko minding their net today, she faced an incredible 57 shots and made 56 saves. She even stopped 2 Pride players in the shootout.
The next Whale game will be against the Pride again tomorrow at 130p in Danbury, CT.
For those keeping track at home, Shannon Doyle added 2 more blocked shots today, giving her a total of 41 blocks on the year. 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:
Also, for those keeping track at home, Kendra Broad had 3 shots on goal today, giving her a total of 20 shots on goal for the season. She is also donating $2 for every shot on goal for Mental Health Connecticut. Here is a link for those who want to make a donation too: