Six Strike Fast, But Fall in the Shootout

Minnesota Whitecaps (1-0-0 2pts) v. Toronto Six (0-1-0 0pts)

Game Recap:

Entering Day Two of the NWHL Bubble season the Minnesota Whitecaps look to continue their winning ways while the Toronto Six look to get a few firsts in their young NWHL history. Going into the first period the Whitecaps would put themselves into penalty problems as they would give the Six a total of four powerplays in the first twenty minutes of action, and two of those powerplays would result in goals for the Six as Lindsay Eastwood would not only score her first career NWHL goal, but the first goal in Six franchise history to take the 1-0 lead. Then two minutes later while at even strength Mikyla Grant-Mentis would strike for her first of the season, and then on their third powerplay opportunity Breanne Wilson-Bennett would score her first career NWHL goal to give the Six the commanding 3-0 lead. This powerful start by the Six would chase Amanda Leveille from the crease after giving up 3 goals on 8 shots in 14:16 played, and bringing in Allie Morse for her first taste of NWHL action this season. However, after the goalie change, the Whitecaps would come to life as they would force a couple powerplays their way and it would be Sydney Baldwin netting her first of the season to get Minnesota get on the board.

Coming into the second period, Leveille would return between the pipes for the Whitecaps, and for the most part of this period would be much more tightly played than the first, but both teams would still take one too many penalties in this one. As for scoring, we would see the Six score early on while on the powerplay as Wilson-Bennett would net her second of the game, then with 92 seconds left in the period Taylor Woods would score her first goal as a member of the Six to give them the 5-1 lead. However, the Pride would come alive and pounce on the Six in the final 61 seconds as Haylea Schmid and Haley Mack both would score and bring Boston within two before the end of the second period.

Then in the third period it would be the Whitecaps continuing their comeback effort as they would score 13 minutes into the period while shorthanded as Audra Richards would not only score the shorty, but would also draw a penalty to give the Whitecaps the powerplay opportunity. On this powerplay it would be Meaghan Pezon scoring to tie the game at five and send it to overtime.

In the extra frame, the Six would control most of the zone time, and Breanne Wilson Bennett would come close to finishing the hat trick, but would fall short and lead to the shootout. In the shootout it would be Haley Mack scoring in the fifth round to complete the comeback effort and give the Whitecaps the 6-5 victory. For Toronto, this was a heartbreaker, but a really great building block for them as this season continues throughout the week.

Lineups:

First Period:

MIN Penalty – 6:24 – Meghan Lorence 2 minutes for Cross Checking

TOR PPG – 8:03 – Lindsay Eastwood (1) from Brooke Boquist (1) and Emma Woods (1)

TOR Penalty – 8:46 – Breanne Wilson-Bennett 2 minutes for Roughing

MIN Penalty – 8:46 – Sara Bustad 2 minutes for Roughing

TOR Goal – 10:06 – Mikyla Grant-Mentis (1) from Amy Curlew (1)

MIN Penalty – 10:06 – Sydney Baldwin 2 minutes for Tripping

MIN Penalty – 12:30 – Allie Thunstrom 2 minutes for High Sticking

TOR PPG – 14:16 – Breanne Wilson-Bennett (1) from Shiann Darkangelo (1) and Brooke Boquist (2)

TOR Penalty – 14:42 – Emma Greco 2 minutes for Body Checking

TOR Penalty – 16:23 – Megan Quinn 2 minutes for Cross Checking

MIN PPG – 17:36 – Sydney Baldwin (1) from unassisted

MIN Penalty – 18:03 – Emma Stauber 2 minutes for Tripping

End of FirstMIN – 1TOR – 3
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Second Period:

MIN Penalty – 5:11 – Haley Mack 2 minutes for Cross Checking

TOR Penalty – 5:48 – Mikyla Grant-Mentis 2 minutes for Holding

MIN Penalty – 6:29 – Sydney Baldwin 2 minutes for High Sticking

TOR Goal – 7:29 – Breanne Wilson-Bennett (2) from Sarah Steele (1) and Emma Woods (2)

TOR Penalty – 16:36 – Amy Curlew 2 minutes for Roughing

MIN Penalty – 16:36 – Chelsey Brodt Rosenthal 2 minutes for Roughing

TOR Goal – 18:28 – Taylor Woods (1) from Brooke Boquist (3) and Sarah Steele (2)

MIN Goal – 18:59 – Haylea Schmid (1) from Nina Rodgers (2)

MIN Goal – 19:42 – Haley Mack (1) from unassisted Sydney Baldwin (1) and Meghan Lorence (1)

End of SecondMIN – 3TOR – 5
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Third Period:

MIN Penalty – 10:21 – Nina Rodgers 2 minutes for Body Checking

MIN Penalty – 11:25 – Chelsey Brodt Rosenthal 2 minutes for Holding

MIN SHG – 13:00 – Audra Richards (1) from unassisted

TOR Penalty – 13:00 – Taylor Woods 2 minutes for Hooking

TOR Penalty – 14:07 – Lynn Astrup 2 minutes for Tripping

MIN PPG – 14:23 – Meaghan Pezon (1) from Maddie Rowe (1) and Allie Thunstrom (1)

End of ThirdMIN – 5TOR – 5
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Overtime:

N/A

Shootout:

1. TOR – Taylor Woods – Miss

2. MIN – Audra Richards – Miss

3. TOR – Mikyla Grant-Mentis – Goal

4. MIN – Nina Rodgers – Miss

5. TOR – Emma Woods – Miss

6. MIN – Jonna Curtis – Goal

7. TOR – Shiann Darkangelo – Miss

8. MIN – Allie Thunstrom – Miss

9. TOR – Taytum Clairmont – Miss

10. MIN – Haley Mack – Goal

End of OT/SOMIN – 6TOR – 5
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