After a brief hiatus, the PHF got back to playing hockey. The last game that the Connecticut Whale played, saw them defeated by the Toronto Six by a final score of 3-2 on 11/21. The Minnesota Whitecaps who also played of 11/21, against the Boston Pride. They were defeated, with the final score being 2-1. Both teams would look to get the victory and bounce back into the win column. Here is how the two teams would line up:
There was no scoring in the first period, as both teams were stymied by both goalies. The shot count was pretty even in the first period with the Whale having a slight advantage by a total of 12-11. However, it would not take long in the second period before we would get the first goal of the game. A steal below the circles by Amanda Conway would find her one on one with the goalie and she ripped it short side top shelf, giving the Whale the lead in the game.
4 minutes later, Connecticut would double their lead. A net mouth scramble would find Allie Munroe on the ice, fighting for the puck. On the first attempt, it never went in. Hutchison would feed the puck to the point to Hannah Bates. She would shoot wide and the puck would find the stick of Munroe, who was still on the ice, and she slide it into the net.
A minute later, the Whale would score another goal to give themselves a commanding lead in the game. Taylor Girard would skate with the puck up the left side of the offensive zone, and lay a drop pass to Kennedy Marchment. Marchment would then feed a pass to the right side and it found the stick of Alyssa Wohlfeiler, who scored her league leading fifth goal of the season.
,Before the second period concluded, the Whale would find the back of the net again, for their fourth unanswered goal of the period and the game. While both sides were four on four, Shannon Turner jumped up into the rush with Kennedy Marchment for a 2 on 1. Marchment slowed the play down and allowed Taylor Girard to get into the play. Marchment layed the drop pass and Girard made no mistake, ripping it over the glove of Leveille and in the net.
Very early in the third period, the Whitecaps would get a goal and stop the unanswered goal streak and disrupt the shutout bid for Abbie Ives. Haley Mack rushed the puck up the left side of the ice, skating around the defender. She then slid the pass up front and it was slotted home by Alex Woken, for her first goal of the season.
2 minutes later, the Whale would answer right back to give themselves another insurance marker. Janine Weber from behind the net, fed a pass to the right circle, to the stick of Catherine Crawley, who roofed the shot over Leveille’s glove. The game would end with the Whale winning by a final score of 5-1. It’s Connecticut’s first ever win against the Minnesota Whitecaps.
Amanda Leveille of the Minnesota Whitecaps would face 37 shots on net, making 32 saves; while Abbie Ives of the Connecticut Whale would face 27 shots on net, making 26 saves.
These two teams will square off again tomorrow 12/5 at 1p.