The Connecticut Whale and the Boston Pride squared off against each other for the first time this season. Both teams played 2 games on Opening Weekend. The Boston Pride beat the Minnesota Whitecaps in both games; while the Connecticut Whale split the games against the Metropolitan Riveters.
It would take a while for the first score of the game, over half the period, to be precise. It would be the visiting Boston Pride that would draw first blood. A beautiful stretch pass from the defensive zone that would find the tape of Meghara McManus, who was streaking up the right side of the ice. She would fire the shot over Abbie Ives’ glove side.
The Pride would then double their lead 2 minutes later, as Christina Putigna would carry the puck up the left side of the ice. When she got to the goal line, she shot a pass over to Taylor Wenczkowski, who was in front of the net. It was a simple tap in over Ives’ shoulder that would give the Pride a 2-0 lead at the end of the first.
Much like the game against the Riveters, the Whale would start their scoring in the second period. Very early on, the Whale would cut into the lead. A shot by Kennedy Marchment from the right circle would hit Katie Burt’s leg pad, and the puck would find the stick of Emily Fluke, who had a wide open net to tap it in. It would be Fluke’s first goal of the season, after serving a 1 game suspension.
4 minutes later, the Whale would tie the game up. Marchment carried the puck up the right side of the ice. Threw a pass that was just ahead of Emma Vlasic. Vlasic then corralled the puck and threw it to the middle where Marchment picked it up and drug it to her backhand, where she slid it around Katie Burt.
10 minutes later, the Whale would score their third unanswered goal of the period. This time, Marchment laid a drop pass to Amanda Conway, who held the puck just long enough that when she took the shot, Marchment got around the defender and in front of the net to tip the puck over Burt’s shoulder. The goal would give the Whale a 3-2 lead heading into the third period.
Despite the fact that in the third period, the Whale took 5 minor penalties and making their lives very difficult, they were still clinging onto that 1 goal lead. However, the strain proved too much, as the Pride were able to tie the game up, with their goalie pulled. A scramble on the right side, near the goal line, the puck was knocked off Jillian Dempsey’s stick, and the puck found the tape of Christina Putigna. She shot the puck that somehow got past Abbie Ives, and tied the game with 40 seconds to play.
In the 3 on 3 overtime, it would be the visiting Boston Pride who would find the back of the net, gifting them the second standings point. Sammy Davis pushed the puck up the middle, before heading to the left side. She took a low shot that would hit Ives’ pad, and the rebound would find Putigna’s stick. She would make no mistake and score, her second goal of the game and her third point of the day.
Katie Burt of the Boston Pride would face 34 Whale shots, making 31 saves; While Abbie Ives of the Whale would face 34 shots from Boston, making 30 saves.
These two teams square off tomorrow in Danbury at 3p