The PWHPA is taking over the District this weekend with their Secret Dream Gap Tour. The games are being played on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday all at Medstar Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, VA. Today was the second game of the weekend between Team Scotiabank of Calgary and Team Adidas of Minnesota.
Here is how the two teams would line up:
In net for Team Scotiabank was Marlene Boissonnault, who played 4 years of college hockey at Cornell University before joining the PWHPA; while Shea Tiley got the start for Team Adidas, she is the product of Clarkson University.
As there was yesterday, there were guest coaches behind the benches. For Team Scotiabank, it was former Capitals defender Karl Alzner; while Peter Bondra was behind the bench for Team Adidas.
In the first period, it would be Team Adidas who would get the first goal of the game. A miscommunication behind the net, Boissonnault left the puck behind with no defender around. The puck was intercepted by Elizabeth Bauer, who banked the puck of the back leg of the goalie and into the net.
Minutes later, Team Adidas would double their lead. With great offensive zone time the puck was worked on the half boards, and kicked to the point. The shot would come from the point, through the maze of bodies and reach the goaltender. Everyone though the puck was stopped but it managed to squeak through the pads and the first player to jump on it was Samantha Donovan, who stuffed it home.
Before the end of the first period, Team Scotiabank would get on the board. A slow developing 2 on 1 was quickly dissipated by the Team Adidas defense. However, a pass got through to the slot and a net mouth scramble ensued. Out of the chaos, Iya Gavrilova managed to find the puck and send it in the net. The period would end with Team Adidas still ahead of Team Scotiabank 2-1. There was 1 penalty called on each team in the period.
Early in the second period, Team Scotiabank would tie up the game. The shot would come from the point, and deflect off a Team Adidas stick. The crazy deflection would throw the goalie out of the play and the puck would find the back of the net. The original shot came from Samantha Cogan.
Before the end of the second period, Team Scotiabank would score their third unanswered goal of the game. While shorthanded, Iya Gavrilova blocked a shot at the point. The ricochet went toward center ice, and Gavrilova was the first to get to the puck. On the ensuing breakaway, she would roof the shot over Tiley’s blocker. Then Gavrilova would celebrate by doing the hot stick!
The second period would end with Team Scotiabank ahead of Team Adidas 3-2. There were 3 penalties called in the period, 2 on Team Scotiabank and 1 on Team Adidas.
In the third period, Team Scotiabank would add another marker. A penalty by Team Adidas would put Team Scotiabank on the power play, and while on the ensuing power play, the pass from the point would find Amanda Pelkey would in the slot. She unleased a powerful backhanded shot that would get through Tiley and in the net.
Team Scotiabank would add another insurance marker. Off the faceoff that was won by Team Adidas, Rhianna Kurio would steal the puck in the corner, and throw a pass to the slot. The puck would find Gavrilova’s stick, who would shoot the puck over Tiley’s blocker. This would be Gavrilova’s third goal of the game, completing the hat trick!
In a desperate attempt to generate any kind of comeback, Team Adidas would pull their goalie late in the game. It would be Amanda Pelkey would get the puck and stash it into the empty net, sealing the game.
There was only 1 penalty called on each team in the period.
The Three Stars of the Game were:
There will be 2 games tomorrow. The first game will be the consolation game between Team Bauer and Team Adidas. That game will be at 1030a. While the championship game between Team Sonnet and Team Scotiabank will be at 130p.
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