It’s the final weekend of regular season hockey for the Connecticut Whale, and they will play their final games against the Minnesota Whitecaps.
In the first period the Whitecaps got off to a really fast start, as Meaghan Pezon would score the first goal of the game, when the game was not even a minute old. Then one minute later, Allie Thunstrom would double the lead. With the assist on the play coming from Jonna Curtis. 12 minutes later, the Whitecaps would strike again, as former Whale forward Sam Donovan would notch her first career NWHL goal. The assists on the play came from Lisa Martinson and Nicole Schammel. Before the end of the first period, the Whale would cut into the lead, the goal coming from Sarah Schwenzfeier. It would be her fifth goal of the season, with the assists coming from Elena Orlando and Shannon Doyle. The Whitecaps would take a 3-1 lead heading into the second.
In the second period, the Whitecaps would get off to another fast start as they would add another goal, with the period not even 5 minutes old. The goal came from Jonna Curtis, her second point of the game. Assists coming from Allie Thunstrom and Meaghan Pezon, both of their second points of the game. A minute later, the Whale would strike back, the goal coming from their captain, Shannon Doyle. Janine Weber had the assist on the play. 5 minutes later, Allie Thunstrom would tally her second goal of the game. Assists on the play came from Meaghan Pezon and Jonna Curtis, both their third point of the game. The Whale would once again, strike back with a goal. The goal coming from Elena Gualtieri, her second goal of the season. Assists on the play came from Grace Klienbach and Shannon Doyle, her second point of the game. The Whitecaps would take a 5-3 lead heading into the third.
In the third period, the Whitecaps would once again get off to a fast start to get momentum. They would score 2 minutes into the period, the goal coming once again from Allie Thunstrom, completing the hat trick. The assist on the play came from Jonna Curtis, her fourth point of the game. Things would settle down for both goalies as they would come up with the answers for both teams offensive rushes. As the Whitecaps would finish the game on top 6-3.
Amanda Leveille would face 37 Whale shots and she came up with 34 saves. While Brooke Wolejko would face 55 Whitecaps shots and she stopped 49 of them.
For those keeping track at home, Shannon Doyle didn’t register a blocked shot today, still 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:
Kendra Broad did not dress today, but she still has 30 shots on goal. Please check out the charity that she is fundraising for. 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: