The second game of the weekend series between the Buffalo Beauts and the Connecticut Whale took place this afternoon. In the first matinee, it saw the Connecticut Whale come out on top by a final tallly of 5-3. Here is how the two teams would line up today:
In the first period, it would be the home Connecticut Whale who would get on the scoresheet first. A pass from Kennedy Marchment would find Emily Fluke in front of the net. She managed to get the shot over Carly Jackson’s glove, off the post, and in the net. It’s Fluke’s fifth goal of the season, and her second in two games. With Marchment’s assist on the play, she now has the franchise lead in assists for the season.
Three minutes later, the Connecticut Whale would double their lead. While on the power play, the puck got worked around the outside. The pass eventually came inside, and the puck found the stick of Hannah Bates, who lifted the shot over a sprawling Jackson. (The goal on the PHF website is credited to Hannah Bates, but it’s possibly Amanda Conway’s goal.) The lone assist on the play would come from Alyssa Wohlfeiler. The period would end with the Whale up 2-0 after the first period.
In the second period, the Whale would get on the board once again and further extend their lead. The Whale had control in the offensive zone, a pass from Janka Hlinka would find Kaycie Anderson down low. She threw a pass to the slot that missed Fluke’s stick but found the tape of Allie Munroe in the high slot. She would rifle the shot over Jackson’s glove and into the roof of the net. The period would end with the Whale up 3-0.
In the third period, the Whale would add another insurance marker. This time the goal would come from Hanna Beattie. It would be her first goal of the season. A nice pass across the ice by Alyssa Wohlfeiler would find Beattie on the left side, and she would snipe the shot over Jackson’s glove. The Whale would hold on to win and preserve the shutout for Fujimagari. The final score of the game being 4-0.
Carly Jackson of the Beauts faced 32 shots, making 28 saves; while Mariah Fujimagari of the Whale stopped all 18 shots she faced, for the shutout.
The next set of games for the Whale will be against the Toronto Six on March 19th and 20th in Danbury. This matchup will determine who will take first place heading into the playoffs. The next set of games for the Buffalo Beauts is also on March 19th and 20th, a weekend matinee against the Boston Pride.