Girard Hat Trick Completes Weekend Sweep

The second game of the weekend series between the Connecticut Whale and the Minnesota Whitecaps took place today. In the first game, it saw the Whale come out on top as the victors by a final score of 5-1.

Here is how the two teams would line up today:

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There was no scoring in the first period, as once again, both teams were stymied by the goaltenders on all of their offensive chances. As in yesterday’s game, both teams were close in the shot department, this time Minnesota had the slight advantage of 9-7.

About halfway through the second period, the Whale would draw first blood and get on the board first. A pass to the point would find the stick of Howran and she would launch a shot to the middle and found Kennedy Marchment, who laid a nice drop pass to Taylor Girard and she found the back of the net.

7 minutes later, the Connecticut Whale would double their lead, as a shot from Hannah Bates would take a lively deflection off the boards. The puck would find the tape of Amanda Conway, and she would roof it over Leveille, trying to scramble back. It would be Conway’s second goal of the weekend and her third goal of the season.

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A minute later, the Whitecaps would get on the board and cut into the Whale lead. A costly turnover by the Whale would find Jonna Curtis in front of the net, and she would roof a backhand shot over Ives’ blocker.

With 10 seconds left, the Whitecaps would strike again and tie the game up before the end of the period. A pass from Patti Marshall across the point to Mak Langei, she would one time the puck, it was initially stopped by Ives, but the rebound would get to Thunstrom’s stick and she would backhand the shot over Ives’ glove.

Tie game heading into the third period.

A little over halfway through the third period, the Connecticut Whale would get another goal and re-take the lead in the game. The puck on the left side of the ice, Allie Monroe passed down low to Kennedy Marchment, who made a no look backhand pass to the slot, finding Girard, who deposited her second goal of the game.

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Girard would then go on to complete the hat trick, using her size and her skating ability, she was able to get around the Whitecaps defender and deliver the puck to the empty net.

The Whale would hold on to victory by a final score of 4-2. Earning them their second victory against the Minnesota Whitecaps in franchise history, and also completing the weekend sweep.

Amanda Leveille of the Minnesota Whitecaps faced 31 shots, making 28 saves; while Abbie Ives of the Connecticut Whale faced 22 shots, making 20 saves.


Next Game:

The next game for the Minnesota Whitecaps will take place on 12/11 against the Buffalo Beauts in Minnesota at 8p EST. The next game for the Connecticut Whale will take place on 12/18 against the Buffalo Beauts in Buffalo at 7p EST.

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