Today was the first day for Season 7 of the Premier Hockey Federation, and what a way to open up the season by rekindling a rivalry between 2 teams that are close to each other. The Connecticut Whale and the Metropolitan Riveters squared off today in the first of 2 games they’ll play against each other this weekend. Here were the starting lineups for both teams.
In the first period, it would be the Whale who would draw first blood in the game. A chip in the offensive zone got Wohlfeiler behind the defense and one on one against Sonjia Shelly. Wohlfeiler pulled the puck to the back hand and found the back of the net for the first goal of the game and the first goal of the PHF era.
The lead would only last about 5 minutes, as the Riveters would tie the game up via the power play. A shot from the right half boards by Rebecca Russo would find the stick of Emily Janiga in front of the net and the chip would get past Ives. The first period would come to an end with both teams tied at 1.
In the second period, the Riveters would break the tie and take the lead for the first time in the game. Rachel Ade got the puck at the point, took the shot, which was stopped by Ives. However, the rebound sat perfectly for a hard charging Kelly Babstock, who put the rebound home in the back of the net.
Early in the third period, there was an incident between Kelly Babstock and Emily Fluke in the corner. It lead to the first game ejection of the PHF era.
It would take till late in the third period before the Riveters would double their lead. The turnover in the neutral zone by the Whale led to Rebecca Russo blasting a shot from just above the right circle. The resulting shot flew past Ives’ shoulder, hit the corner of the net, and popped the water bottle.
Madison Packer would add the empty net goal, giving the Riveters a 4-1 win. There were 14 penalties called in the game, 8 on the Whale, and 6 on the Riveters. Abbie Ives faced 20 shots and made 17 saves, while Sonjia Shelly faced 21 shots, making 20 saves.
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These two teams go right back at it tomorrow at 2p in Mennen Ice Arena