After a long hiatus for the Holidays and some Covid concerns, there are PHF games being played today. A game between the Connecticut Whale and the Metropolitan Riveters first on the docket. These two teams split the first two games of the season. Here is how the two teams would line up:
Before I get into the game recap, the Connecticut Whale wore special purple jerseys for Alzheimer’s awareness, and they wore special patches for the unfortunate passing of Teddy Balkind.
Late in the first period, the Connecticut Whale would get on the board first. A shot from below the circle by Emily Fluke toward the net would find the stick of Kaycie Anderson and the puck would find a way past Sonjia Shelly and in the net. The Whale would take a 1-0 lead heading into the second.
Early in the second period, the Whale would then double their lead. While shorthanded, Marchment would steal the puck and pass to Girard heading up the ice. On the ensuing 2 on 1, Girard would hold the puck just long enough to sneak the shot past Shelly, giving the Whale a 2-0 lead.
Eight minutes later, the Whale would add an insurance marker. This time the goal coming on the power play. A shot from the point from Rebecca Morse would find Shelly’s pad, and she kicked the rebound right to Amanda Conway’s stick, as she slotted the puck home. The Whale would take a 3-0 lead heading into the third.
In the third period, the Whale would add another insurance marker. A shot from Girard would hit the Riveters defender in front. The puck would then be picked up by Kennedy Marchment, who would get the shot over Shelly’s glove.
The Whale would add one more insurance marker, for their fifth goal of the game. A shot from the point from the Captain Shannon Turner, playing in her 100th NWHL/PHF game, would find the back of the net over Shelly’s blocker.
Before the end of the game, the Riveters would end the goal streak and the shutout bid. The goal being provided by Kelly Babstock. The assists on the play coming from Emily Janiga and Rebecca Russo. The game would end with the Whale winning this one by a score of 5-1.
Sonjia Shelly of the Riveters would face 41 shots, making 36 saves; while Abbie Ives of the Whale would face 18 shots, making 17 saves.
These two teams will square off tomorrow at 6p in Danbury.