The Whale skated again today, looking to build upon their performance yesterday, in which they took the undefeated Boston Pride to a shootout.
In the first period, the Boston Pride got off to a fast start again, scoring first in the game. The goal came a minute and a half into the game and it was scored by Lexie Laing, with the assist on the play coming from Taylor Wasylk. About 9 minutes later, the Pride would double their lead. This time the goal came from the former Whale captain Emily Fluke, the assist once again coming from Taylor Wasylk. The period would end with the Pride heavily out-shooting the Whale and having a 2-0 lead.
In the second period, the trend would continue with Boston heavily out-shooting the Whale and being rewarded for it, immediately. Just 16 seconds into the period, the Pride would get another goal, coming from McKenna Brand, and the assist on the play coming from Jillian Dempsey. 8 minutes later, the Pride would get another goal, shorthanded. Lexie Laing would nab her second goal of the game, unassisted, while on the penalty kill. 10 minutes later, before the end of the period, the Whale would get on the board. Fresh off scoring her first NWHL goal yesterday, Hanna Beattie would get her second career NWHL goal of the weekend. The assist on the play came from Kayla Meneghin, who was back in the lineup today.
In the third period, the Pride once again got off to a fast start, getting another goal within 5 minutes of the period. This time the goal came from Jillian Dempsey, who had 3 whacks at the puck before stashing it home. The assists on the play came from Christina Putigna and Kaleigh Fratkin. 6 mintes later the Whale would strike again, through a chaotic event in-front of the Pride net, Sarah Schwenzfeier would get her second goal of the season. The assist on the play came from Sarah Hughson. That would be the closest the Whale would get, as the Pride would get one back 7 minutes later, the goal coming unassisted from Tori Sullivan. The icing on the cake would be a goal coming from the ex-Whale captain Emily Fluke again. The assist on the play would come from Lexie Laing, it would be her third point of the game.
The goalies were once again on top of their games. Selander was the goalie yesterday for the Pride, today was Victoria Hanson. She faced 30 shots and made 28 saves. The Whale once again turned to Brooke Wolejko and she faced 54 shots and made 47 saves.
The Whale will have next weekend off, and their next game will be on January 11th against the Metropolitan Riveters at 630p.
For those keeping track at home, Shannon Doyle added 1 blocked shot today, giving her a total of 42 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 2 shots on goal today, giving her a total of 22 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: