The second game of the weekend series between the Connecticut Whale and the Minnesota Whitecaps took place this afternoon. In the first game, it saw the visiting Whale topple the Whitecaps by a score of 4-2.
Here is how the two teams would line up today:
Late in the first period, it would once again be the visiting Whale that would get on the board first. It would once again be Taylor Girard who would get the first goal of the game. A shot from the slot by Wohlfeiler would be blocked in front by the Whitecaps defender. The puck would then find the stick of Kennedy Marchment, who fed a nice cross crease pass to an open Girard, who had the entirety of the net to stash the puck home. The period would end with the Whale up 1-0.
That assist from Marchment would be her 23 point of the season. That would set a new franchise record for points in a season!
In the second period Kennedy Marchment would get her second point of the game by scoring a goal. The goal would come via the power play. It would be Taylor Girard would return the favor, as she would send a nice pass into the slot. It was caught by Marchment, and she fired a shot that would get over Blesi’s blocker. The period would end with the Whale up 2-0.
The Whale would add an insurance marker very early in the third period, once again via the power play. Tori Howran would find Melissa Samoskevich at the left circle. She would drift near the goal line and rip a short side snipe over Blesi’s blocker. It would be Samoskevich’s first goal as a member of the Connecticut Whale!
Two minutes later, the Whale would add another insurance marker, and their fourth consecutive goal of the game. An offensive rush up the right side saw Emma Vlasic drop the puck near the blue line to Janine Weber. Weber would carry the puck, and at the top of the circle, try to pass to Amanda Conway, streaking toward the net. The pass would go off Conway’s skate and off Blesi. The rebound would pop on the right side, and right to Weber, who had an empty net to shoot at.
The Whitecaps would get on the board, ending Fujimagari’s shutout bid. A pass from Audra Morrison to the high slot would find a streaking Ashleigh Brykaliuk. She would fire a shot over Fujimagari’s glove and in the net.
The Whale would hold on and win the game by a final score of 4-1. It’s their 10th win in a row, and their 5th consecutive weekend sweep of the season.
Mariah Fujimagari of the Whale would face 23 shots, making 22 saves; while Breanna Blesi would face 33 shots, making 29 saves.
The next games for the Connecticut Whale is next weekend on March 11th and 12th against the Buffalo Beauts in Connecticut. The next set of games for the Minnesota Whitecaps is also next weekend on March 11th and 12th, a weekend matinee against the Metropolitan Riveters.
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