The All Star festivities are over and it’s time to get back on the ice and make the stretch run to the playoffs. The first opponents for the Whale is the Boston Pride. Starting in net for the Pride would be their All Star goalie Lovisa Selander and for the Whale, they would go with Brooke Wolejko.
In the first period, the Whale managed to do what no other team has done so far in the NWHL season. They kept the Boston Pride off the score board, despite the fact they were out-shot in the period.
In the second, it was more of the same. The Pride came out with a lot of momentum, trying to establish the lead. The Whale held them off, with Wolejko seemingly having all the answers for the Pride attack. However, with a little less than 4 minutes remaining in the period, Lexie Laing would stuff home a rebound to give the Pride the 1-0 lead heading into the third. Assist on the play came from Kaleigh Fratkin.
In the third period, the Pride got off to a fast start with captain Jillian Dempsey netting a goal very early in the period to double the Pride’s lead. Assists on the play came from McKenna Brand and Christina Putigna. After some more back and forth chances, the Whale would get on the board and cut the lead in half. The goal coming from Kaycie Anderson, her third goal of the season. Assist on the play came from Janine Weber.
With the Whale chasing the game and pressing hard, Hanna Beattie took an unfortunate tripping penalty late in the game. On the ensuing power play, the Pride would score to restore their 2 goal lead. The goal coming from Mallory Souliotis and the assist coming from Kaleigh Fratkin, her second point of the game. Alyssa Wohlfeiler would add an empty net goal, with assists coming from both her line mates Mary Parker and Emily Fluke, to secure the 4-1 win for the Pride.
Both goalies played extremely well with Selander facing 23 shots and making 22 saves in the process. While Wolejko would face 49 shots and she saved 46 of them. She earned the 3rd star of the game honors for her effort.
For those keeping track at home, Shannon Doyle added 1 blocked shot today, giving her a total of 60 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 1 shot on goal today, giving her a total of 30 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: