Welcome to the TXHT NWHL Weekend Recap for the Weekend of Saturday, January 25th and Sunday, January 26th, 2019, plus news coming out of the weekend.
Saturday, January 25th, 2019
Game #1 – Connecticut Whale v. Metropolitan Riveters
- At ProSkate Arena the Metropolitan Riveters would face the Connecticut Whale in a tightly contested matchup. In the first period Emma Vlasic would open the scoring for the Whale, but Kate Leary would strike for the Riveters to tie the game at one. Those would be the only goals scored in regulation, and the shootout would be required. In the eighth round of the shootout Sarah Schwenzfeier would score the lone goal of the shootout to give the Whale the 2-1 victory.
Game #2 – Boston Pride v. Minnesota Whitecaps
- In front of a sold out crowd at TRIA Rink in Minnesota the Whitecaps would host the undefeated Boston Pride. In the first period both teams would trade goals as Jonna Curtis would score for Minnesota and McKenna Brand would tally for Boston. In the second period the Whitecaps would take the lead with Meghan Lorence’s goal. Then in the third period Jillian Dempsey would score a pair of goals for the Pride, and Audra Richards would tally for the Whitecaps, but an Allie Thunstrom tally with 50 seconds left in the game would give the Whitecaps the 4-3 victory, and end Boston’s undefeated run at 19 games.
Sunday, January 26th, 2019
Game #1 – Boston Pride v. Minnesota Whitecaps
- In Minnesota the Pride would look to bounce back against the Whitecaps to finish their weekend series. The Pride would take the lead in the first period with a McKenna Brand tally, and then in the second period Allie Thunstrom would score for the Whitecaps and Mary Parker for the Pride as Boston would keep the lead going into the third period. However, despite Thunstrom’s second of the game while shorthanded for the Whitecaps, it would be a powerplay goal by Lexi Bender and an empty netter from Christina Putigna to give the Pride the 4-2 victory.
Game #2 – Connecticut Whale v. Metropolitan Riveters
- To close out their weekend series the Riveters would bounce back to to defeat the Whale 4-2. After a collision early in the first period that would take All Star goaltender Sam Walther out of the game, the Riveters would score three straight goals from Leila Kilduff, Madison Packer, and Rebecca Morse to take the 3-0 lead. Sarah Schwenzfeier and Emma Vlasic would tally for the Whale, but Cailey Hutchison would seal the deal for the Riveters to claim the victory.
News and Notes
- On Thursday, January 23rd the Connecticut Whale announced that they have signed Alexa Aramburu for the remainder of the 2019-2020 season.
- Boston Pride forward Jillian Dempsey became the first player to reach the 100 point plateau in NWHL history!
- League Statement on comments made this past weekend during the NHL All Star festivities.
- The NWHL announced that Team Dempsey will be coached by Paul Mara (head coach of the Pride), Caitlin Mara (Mara’a niece), and Heath Gordon, while Team Packer will be coached by Boston Bruins goaltender Andrew Raycroft and his daughter Everly Raycroft.
X – Claimed Playoff Spot
Player of the Week
- Allie Thunstrom of the Minnesota Whitecaps has been named the VEDA Player of the Week. Thunstrom would record a goal and an assist in Saturday’s win over Boston, and then on Sunday would record two goals in the Whitecaps loss to Boston giving her a combined 3 goals and one assist for four points on the weekend.
* All Graphics Courtesy of the NWHL.
*Photo of Allie Thunstrom by Kristen Burton