Whale Win in 11 Goal Thriller

Game 2 of the season between the Metropolitan Riveters and the Connecticut Whale took place this afternoon. In the first game, it had a little bit of everything in it, and it saw the Riveters pick up the 4-1 win. An announcement from the PHF at noon, stating the suspension for 1 game, assessed to Connecticut Whale forward Emily Fluke.

Here is how the two teams would start the game.

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In the first period, the Riveters got off to a quick start netting the first goal of the game. There was a net mouth scramble in Fujimagari’s crease. The puck sitting loose on the line, found the stick of Nora Maclaine, who slotted the puck in the net underneath the Whale defender trying to keep the puck out.

The Riveters would then double their lead. Rebecca Russo took the shot from the top of the left circle, which was blocked by the Whale defender. The puck floated to the middle of the ice and got to the stick of Kendall Cornine, who slapped the puck past Fujimagari. The period would end with the Riveters having a 2-0 lead.

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In the second period, the Riveters would get another goal. The shot from the middle by Rose Alleva got to Mariah Fujimagari, who did not secure the puck. Madison Packer, in the middle, slotted it home in the empty net. It would be the second goal of the season for Packer, giving the Riveters a 3-0 lead.

A huge moment in the game when the Connecticut Whale got a 5 on 3 opportunity. On the ensuing power play, Emma Vlasic would get the puck on the right half boards. She would look for a pass to Amanda Conway in front of the net, the puck would take a deflection and find itself in the back of the net. *EDIT* The puck did indeed find Conway’s stick, and she tapped it home. The goal is now credited to Amanda Conway. This goal got the Whale on the board and stopped a 7 unanswered goal run by the Riveters.

The Whale would pull another goal back shortly after. Taylor Marchin would carry the puck up the right side of the ice. She took a half slap shot from just inside the blue line that would hit Sonjia Shelly on the glove. The puck would pop out and trickle it’s way into the net, cutting the Riveter lead in half.

The Whale would then tie the game up before the end of the period. Catherine Crawley would flip the puck out of the defensive zone and the bouncing puck would get past the Riveters defender and find the tape of a hard charging Alyssa Wohlfeiler. She would get the breakaway and find the back of the net under Shelly’s pad. The second period would end with both teams tied at 3.

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Very early in the third period, the momentum that the Whale established at the end of the second, carried over. Crawley took the shot on the right side, which found the stick of Taylor Girard. Who shot the puck of Shelly’s pad, and the rebound found the stick of Alyssa Wohlfeiler, who put the puck in the net. The goal was Wohlfeiler’s second goal of the game and third of the year, and it would give the Whale their first lead in the game.

The Whale would then double their lead while shorthanded. A great pass up the ice by Tori Howran found a streaking Kennedy Marchment. It lead to a 2 on 1, with Marchment throwing a nice pass to Emma Vlasic, who went top shelf on the glove side. It is Vlasic’s second goal of the game. *EDIT* Vlasic’s first.

The Whale would then get their 6th unanswered goal, to make it 6-3. Alyssa Wohlfeiler would leave an excellent drop pass to the stick of Taylor Girard, who would take the shot and the puck would squeak through Sonjia Shelly. The goal is Taylor Girard’s first professional goal.

The Riveters would find themselves on the power play with about 13 minutes to go in the game. On the ensuing power play, the shot from the point would hit Emily Janiga’s stick and get by Fujimagari. The Riveters broke the goal streak of the Whale, and cut into their lead.

With about 8 minutes left in the game, the Riveters would get another goal and get to within 1. The pass from Madison Packer in the corner would bounce around in front of the net until it found the stick of Haley Frade. Frade would then shoot the puck over the glove of Fujimagari and into the back of the net.

That would be the closest the Riveters would get in their comeback attempt, as the Whale defense played great shutdown hockey and would hold on to the 6-5 victory.

Mariah Fujimagari of the Whale would face 27 Riveters shots, making 22 saves; while Sonjia Shelly of the Riveters would face 20 shots from the Whale, making 14 saves.

3 Stars of the Game:

Alyssa Wohlfeiler
Catherine Crawley
Nora Maclaine

Boxscore

Next Game:

Next game for the Connecticut Whale will be on 11/13 in Danbury at 2p, against the Boston Pride
Next game for the Metropolitan Riveters will be on 11/20 in Newark at 4p, against the Buffalo Beauts

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