Today would be a rematch of the semifinals matchup from last season between the Boston Pride and the Connecticut Whale. Here is how the two teams would line up.
In the first period, the Connecticut Whale would get the jump early to try and establish themselves, but Victoria Hanson would make some good early stops. Penalty trouble would surface once again for the Whale as late in the period, Katelynn Russ would take a penalty and put the Pride on the power play. McKenna Brand would nab a goal, redirecting the puck in the high slot past Abbie Ives, giving the Pride the lead before intermission.
In the second period, the Pride would establish their dominance, as their defense would take over and put a strangle hold on the game. The Whale would only get 2 shots all period long. The Whale thought they had the game tied up on their first power play of the game. A point shot that would deflect off Janine Weber and in the net was called a no goal, as the refs ruled that the put was swatted in the net. The Pride would retain their 1-0 lead heading into the third period.
Early in the third period, the scoring would start for the Connecticut Whale. The Whale would tie the game about a little over 3 minutes into the game. The goal coming from rookie defender Tori Howran, with the assist on the play coming from Emma Vlasic. 2 minutes and 20 seconds later, the Whale would grab the lead for the first time in the game, the goal coming from Katelynn Russ, her second goal of the season. Assists coming from Emma Vlasic, her second point of the game, and Elena Orlando. 2 minutes later, the Whale would double their lead, the goal coming from former Pride forward Alyssa Wohlfeiler, with the assist coming from Emma Vlasic, her third point of the game.
Later in the third, the Pride found themselves in a little penalty trouble, and the Whale would take advantage, scoring their first goal via the power play. The goal coming from Emma Vlasic, her fourth point of the game. Assist on the play coming from Amanda Conway and Alyssa Wohlfeiler, her second point of the game.
The Whale would hold on to win the game 4-1, and improve their record to 2-1 on the season. Abbie Ives would face 35 shots and making 34 saves. Victoria Hanson would face 37 shots and make 33 saves.
Here is the box score of the game today:
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