The Connecticut Whale and the Toronto Six squared off today in their first meeting of the season. It is also the first game back in Canada, since before the pandemic, for the Six and the PHF. Here is how the two teams would line up.
It would take till the halfway mark of the first period before we would get the first goal of the game. It would be the visiting Whale who would get on the board first. A shot coming from the point by Shannon Turner was deflected on the way to the net by Kennedy Marchment and the puck would get past Elaine Chuli. The goal would be Marchment’s third goal of the season.
In the second period, the Six would get on the board and tie up the game. The goal coming from Michela Cava. A scramble in the corner, below the right circle, the puck would eventually find the stick of Cava, who somehow got the puck short side of Abbie Ives and in the net. The goal would be Cava’s second of the season.
A minute later, the Six would nab another goal and grab themselves the lead in the game. While the Six were short handed, Cava lead the rush up the ice. She left the drop pass to Brooke Boquist, who roofed the shot over Ives’ glove, giving Toronto a 2-1 lead.
The Six would get their third unanswered goal of the game 4 minutes later. A shot above the right circle by Lindsay Eastwood would find the stick of Michela Cava in front of the net, who put a wicked deflection on it and the puck got through Ives and found the back of the net. It would be Cava’s second goal of the game, her third point of the game, and her third goal of the season.
Seconds before the end of the period, the Six would get on the board again, it would be their fourth unanswered goal of the period. A pass to the point in the Whale offensive zone, the shot was whiffed by Rebecca Morse and it lead to a 2 on 1 break for the Six. The speedy Mikyla Grant-Mentis went around Taylor Marchin and stashed the puck past Abbie Ives just before the period ended.
The Six would add their insurance goal about halfway through the period. It would be Toronto’s fifth unanswered goal of the game. While on the power play, Lindsay Eastwood made a D to D pass on the blue line that Tinker would take a one time shot. It would be tipped in front of Ives by Meagan Beres, giving Toronto a 5-1 lead. That would be how the game would end with the Six being dominant.
Abbie Ives of the Connecticut Whale would face 30 shots, making 25 saves; while Elaine Chuli of the Toronto Six would face 25 shots, making 24 saves.
These two teams will square off against each other tomorrow at 2p.