For the first time in a long time, there is Connecticut Whale hockey to be played this weekend. The last time that the Whale played a game was all the way back on February 5th and 6th, when they played the Boston Pride. The Whale come into this game having won their last 8 games. While the Minnesota Whitecaps last played on February 19th and 20th against the Metropolitan Riveters. The Whitecaps are looking to break out of their slump, as they have lost 4 of their last 5 games.
Here is how the two teams would line up:
In the first period, it would be the visiting Connecticut Whale who would get on the board first. A great forecheck by the Whale, caused a turnover behind the net. Kennedy Marchment then fed a pass to the slot, finding Taylor Girard. The shot beat Brennemen short side.
Before the end of the period, the Whale would double their lead. They say you never know what happens when you throw the puck at the net. Melissa Samoskevich threw the puck at the net on the right side. Chaos ensued and the puck would just sit in the crease. Kaycie Anderson would dive at the puck and get something on it, trickling the puck into the net. The period would end with the Whale up 2-0.
In the second period, the Whale would tally their third straight goal of the game. While on the penalty kill, Allie Munroe would carry the puck into the neutral zone and find Kennedy Marchment with her for a 2 on 1. Marchment would carry the puck to the right side, and feed the pass back to Munroe. She made no mistake, shooting the puck over Brenneman’s blocker and in the net.
Before the end of the second period, the Whitecaps would get on the board. Ashleigh Brykaliuk would send a pass up the left side of the ice, finding a streaking Audra Morrison. Morrison would carry the puck to the left circle and fire off a shot. The initial shot would go off Ives’ leg pad, and the rebound would find Haley Mack, and the puck would slide itself into the net.
At the start of the third period, the Whitecaps made a change in net, substituting Jenna Brenneman for Breanna Blesi.
The Whale would re-establish their three goal lead. A nice 3 on 2 rush that saw Marchment carry the puck on the right side. She laid a drop pass to Alyssa Wohlfeiler, who passed the puck back to Marchment. She cut to the middle and laid a nice backhand shot that got through Blesi’s pads and in the net.
The Whitecaps would strike again, in their comeback attempt. Ashleigh Brykaliuk would make a nice move from the right side of the ice, cutting to the middle. She drew multiple Whale defenders to her and it left Lexie Laing wide open on the back door. She made no mistake depositing the puck past Ives and in the net.
That would be the closest the Whitecaps would come, as Abbie Ives and the Whale would hold on for victory by a score of 4-2. This is the Whale’s 9th win in a row, which is the longest win streak in team history.
Abbie Ives of the Whale faced 17 shots, making 15 saves; while Jenna Brenneman faced 27 shots, making 24 saves, and Breanna Blesi faced 8 shots, making 7 saves.
These two teams will square off again tomorrow at 3p EST.
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