Today starts a weekend series between the visiting Buffalo Beauts, and the home Conneticut Whale. In the weekend series last week, it saw the Connecticut Whale sweep the Minnesota Whitecaps in Minnesota. The Whale are on a 10 game winning streak. While the Buffalo Beauts come into this game, having unfortunately been swept by the Boston Pride, in two very close games. The last time these two teams met, the Connecticut Whale won both games of that weekend series. Here is how the two teams would line up:
An unfortunate situation with the streaming of the game with ESPN during the first period. So the stream missed the first three goals of the game.
For the first goal of the game would come with the game not even 30 seconds old. It would be the visiting Buffalo Beauts who would get on the board first. The goal coming from Emma Keenan, it would be her third goal of the season. The assists on the play coming from Cassidy Vinkle and Kennedy Ganser.
The Whale would answer right back really quickly and tie up the game. The goal coming from Cailey Hutchison, it would be her first goal of the season. There was no assist on the play.
A minute later, the Whale would take the lead. The goal coming from Emily Fluke, it would be her fourth goal of the season. The lone assist on the play came from Kaycie Anderson.
The Whale would then establish their first two goal lead of the game. The goal coming from the Captain, Shannon Turner. The goal would be her second of the season, with the assist coming from Catherine Crawley. A very nice cross ice pass that Turner got through Berndtsson’s legs.
After Turner’s goal, the Buffalo Beauts made a change in net, bringing in Carly Jackson.
Before the end of the first period, the Beauts would get on the board again, making it a one goal game. The goal coming from Kennedy Ganser, her second point of the game and her third goal of the season. The lone assist on the play came from Marie-Jo Pelletier. The period would end with the Whale up 3-2.
There was no scoring in the second period, as both goalies stopped all the shots thrown at them The Whale dominated in the shot department by a tally of 7-1. There were only two penalties called in the period, one by each team. The Whale would still be on top by a score of 3-2 after two periods.
About halfway through the third period, the Whale would re-establish their two goal lead. The goal coming from Kennedy Marchment, via the power play. It would be Marchment’s team leading 12th goal of the season. Marchment had the puck in the corner. She skated out to the right circle, cut to the middle, made a deke around the Beauts defender. She unleashed a backhand shot that got over Carly Jackson’s blocker.
The Beauts would strike again eight minutes later. The Captain Taylor Accursi would get on the board and bring the score back to a one goal game. A shot from the point by Autumn MacDougall got through all the way to Abbie Ives. A net mough scramble ensued, and the puck squirted to Accursi’s stick, and she chipped it home.
That would be the closest the Beauts would get to tying the game, as the Whale would pot home an empty net goal. The goal coming from Amanda Conway, her 8th goal of the season. The assists on the play came from Kennedy Marchment, her second point of the game, and Taylor Girard.
Lovisa Berndtsson, who started the game for the Beauts, faced 24 shots, making 21 saves. Carly Jackson, who came in relief for the Beauts, faced 10 shots, making 8 saves. While Abbie Ives of the Whale faced 20 shots, making 17 saves.
These two teams will square off again tomorrow at 2p
Post Game Interview:
Here is a post game interview with Whale forward Emily Fluke:
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