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 consolation game between Team Bauer of Boston and Team Adidas of Minnesota, and the championship game between Team Sonnet of Toronto and Team Scotiabank of Calgary.
Here is how the two teams would line up:
Team Adidas would get off to a fast start, before the game was a minute old, they were on the board. A shot from Sophia Shaver from the right circle would get through to Terra Lanteigne. The ensuing rebound would be fought by Samantha Donovan and Baylee Wellhausen, and it would be Wellhausen who would get the puck into the net.
Team Bauer would tie up the game pretty quickly. A pass to the point would find the stick of Meghan Turner. She moved to the middle and fired off a wrist shot. The deflection would make it’s bumpy way to the net, as it was tipped by Meghan Grieves. The deflected puck would get by Sydney Scobee. The period would end with both teams tied at 1. There were only 2 penalties called in the period, and they were both on Team Adidas.
There was no scoring in the second period, as both goalies came up with the answers for all of the offensive chances. More specifically Team Bauer goalie Lanteigne was on fire. She was the much busier goalie, and making stop, after stop, after stop. There were 4 penalties called in the period, 3 on Team Bauer and 1 on Team Adidas.
In the third period, it would be Team Bauer who would get their first lead in the game. Meghan Grieves would get to the loose puck in the high slot. She didn’t have a good shot, so she laid a pass to the point to Molly Strabley. Her shot would get deflected by a Team Adidas defender and squeak through the pads of Scobee and trickle into the net.
Team Adidas would tie up the game about halfway through the period. After killing a penalty, a nice transition through the neutral zone would find Baylee Wellhausen streaking up the left side. At the left circle, she would snipe a short side shot that would go over the shoulder of Lanteigne and hit the back bar of the net.
Team Bauer would re-establish their lead in the game. A net mouth scramble would see the puck go back to the point, where Lillian Ribeirinha-Braga would unleash a shot that got through the maze of bodies and sneak past Scobee.
Team Adidas would once again tie up the game. A bad giveaway by the Team Bauer forward, looking to get a pass to the point would be intercepted by Sophia Shaver. She would then show off the wheels and blow by the Team Bauer defense, leading to a breakaway. She would get the shot off, which was initially stopped by Lanteigne, but the rebound would be fought for by Shaver. She would get just enough of the puck to see it into the back of the net. At the end of regulation, would find both teams tied at 3. There were 2 penalties called in the period, one on each team.
There was no scoring in the 3 on 3 overtime, as both team’s goalies would once again come up huge in the session. So it would go to a shootout, where Team Adidas would get the game winning shootout goal from Melissa Channell.
The Three Stars of the Game were:
Here is how the two teams would line up:
There was a ceremonial puck drop, that saw Olympians Haley Skarupa and Hannah Brandt at center ice.
Early on in the first period, it would be Team Sonnet that would get the first goal in the game. A nice interception by Jessie Eldridge in the high slot, she would send a pass to Loren Gabel, who would immediately pass the puck low. Jess Jones would get the puck and hit a spin o rama, and shot the puck between the legs that would get by Roberts’ blocker and in the net.
Team Sonnet would double their lead right off the faceoff. Becca King would have the puck tied off the dot, but Jenna Dingeldein would be first to the loose biscuit and would get the shot off that would beat Roberts over the glove. The period would end with Team Sonnet having a 2-0 lead over Team Scotiabank. There were 4 penalties called in the period, 2 each on both teams.
In the second period, Team Scotiabank would get on the board. A bad turnover in the neutral zone by Team Sonnet would find a quick transition going the other way. Hanna Bunton would receive the pass and she would step around the defender. She would send a cross ice pass that would find the stick of Leona Sim. She would lay a pass to Kaitlin Willoughby who would get the shot off. The low shot would get past Erica Howe and in the net.
Team Sonnet would re-establish their 2 goal lead. A nice pass from Loren Gabel would find the stick of Brittany Howard on the right side of the ice. She displayed her patience, as she waited for Jess Eldridge to beat her defender. She did, and Howard found her stick with the pass. Eldridge would out wait Roberts and roof the shot in the net.
Shortly after, Loren Gabel would be taken down on the breakaway. A penalty shot was called. On the penalty shot, Gabel was denied by Roberts, keeping it a 2 goal game.
The stop gave Team Scotiabank some momentum, as they would get a goal shortly after. A pass from Megan Grenon would find Amanda Pelkey in the defensive zone. She would go coast to coast carrying the puck. She would duck behind Howe’s net, Pelkey would send a pass to the crease looking for a teammate. Instead, she would find the skate of a Team Sonnet defender and the puck would deflect in the net. The period would end with Team Scotiabank down a goal and in the game. There was no penalties called in the period, outside of the penalty shot.
Early in the third period, Team Sonnet would get their 2 goal lead back. Laura Fortino would find a steaking Victoria Bach. She was able to beat her defender in the neutral zone, leading to a 2 on 1. The Team Scotiabank defender laid out to stop the pass, and Bach would hit a curl and drag. Bach would then unleash a shot that was sniped over Roberts’ glove.
Team Sonnet would add an insurance marker. A nice allyoop pass from the defensive zone, the contested puck would be won by Madison Field. Field would go around her defender and get a 1 on 1 situation. In the high slot, she would launch a short side shot that would get through Roberts’ blocker and in the net.
Team Sonnet would then get their third goal in a row. This time it would be Loren Gabel who would get the goal. She intercepted the puck at the blue line of her defensive zone, and got a breakaway. She would make no mistake, as she would drag the puck to her backhand and put it past the sprawling goalie.
Team Sonnet would later get their fourth consecutive goal. A nice block by Kayla Vespa would see the puck go to the neutral zone. The puck was then picked up by Victoria Bach, who had Brittany Howard with her for the 2 on 1 rush. Bach would throw the pass to Howard, who was on the right side. Howard waited and threw a perfect pass back to Bach, who had an open net to tap the puck home.
Team Sonnet would get their fifth consecutive goal, shortly. A bad turnover in the neutral zone would find the stick of Rebecca King. She would get a backhand pass that was picked up by Madison Field, who had a 2 on 1. She elected to not pass the puck, instead shooting it five hole on Roberts. The decision was wise, as she found the back of the net.
With about five minutes remaining, Team Sonnet would add another goal. Their sixth consecutive goal in the period. A nice outlet pass out of the Team Sonnet defensive zone by Loren Gabel would find the stick of a streaking Jess Eldridge. This led to yet another 2 on 1 opportunity for Team Sonnet. Much like Madison Field, Jess Eldridge decided to not pass the puck. Another wise decision, as the shot went five hole on Roberts again and in the net.
Team Sonnet would add their seventh consecutive goal of the period. It would be Madison Field who would complete the hat trick. Jenna Dingeldein would find a streaking Field in the neutral zone. Field would skate the puck into the offensive zone, 1 on 2. She would deke the defender, and float the shot past a poke checking Roberts, who missed.
With that, Team Sonnet won the championship game of the Secret Dream Gap Tour DC Showcase by a final score of 10-2.
The Three Stars of the Game were:
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