A quick bit of signing news for the Whale heading into this game, they signed a pair of defenders, Brinna Dochniak and Laurel Hill, who both skated on Saturday.
The Whale skated against their rival Riveters today looking to put an end to their losing streak and getting to a good start for the new year. The starting goalie for the Whale was their hot netminder Brooke Wolejko and starting for the Riveters was their goalie in form, Sam Walther.
In the first period, the Whale got off to a slow start, having been outshot by a margin of 2-1. The Riveters would get the first goal of the game, and it would take almost 15 minutes to get the goal. Riveters All Star Kendall Cornine would get the goal, with the assist coming from fellow Riveters All Star Rebecca Morse. The end of the first would have the Riveters up 1-0.
It would be a quick start in the second period for the Whale as about 3 minutes in, they would tie up the game. Sarah Schwenzfeier would get her third goal of the season. The assist coming from Kaycie Anderson. Both teams would trade chances back and forth, but with less than a minute to go in the period, the Whale would take the lead, the goal coming from Kendra Broad. It would be Broad’s first NWHL goal! The assist on the play came from Brinna Dochniak, in her first game for the Whale. The Whale would take a 2-1 lead into the third.
In the third period, it would take a little over halfway for the Riveters to tie up the game, the goal coming from Kendall Cornine, it would be her second of the game. The assist came from NWHL All Star Captain Madison Packer. Both teams traded more chances back and forth, but with 2 minutes left in the game, the Riveters would take the lead, the goal coming from Brooke Avery. The assists on the play came from Kelly Nash and Tatiana Shatalova. However 40 seconds later, the Whale would tie the game up, the goal tallied by Hanna Beattie. It would be Beattie’s third goal of the season, with the assist coming from Whale All Star Grace Klienbach. The game would go to overtime with the score tied 3-3.
Before the end of regulation, Riveters Mallory Rushton was assessed a checking from behind major and was promptly ejected from the game. So the Whale were on the power play in overtime. It would only take about 2 and a half minutes before the Whale would score the game winner, the goal coming from Kendra Broad, it would be her second of the game.
The goalies were fantastic as Brooke Wolejko faced 40 shots and made 37 saves. While Maryland native Sam Walther faced 26 shots and made 22 saves.
There was more signing news for the Whale after the game as they signed Janine Weber, formerly of the Boston Pride.
For those keeping track at home, Shannon Doyle added 4 blocked shots today, giving her a total of 47 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, including 2 goals. This gives her a total of 25 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: