The weekend series between the Toronto Six and the Connecticut Whale took place this weekend. The Whale are coming into this game, having won their last 12 games in a row. While the Six are coming into the matchup having won their last 4 in a row.
What’s at stake this weekend? Just a battle for first place in the standings heading into the playoffs. A regulation win for the Six would clinch them first place; while any other result would make tomorrow’s game the decider on the standings.
The Whale would wear special pride jerseys for today’s matinee:
Here is how the two teams would line up:
In the first period, the visiting Toronto Six would get on the board first. Late in the period, a pass down below the goal line by Natalie Marcuzzi would find Brooke Boquist heading toward the right circle. She then saucer’d a pass that would find a streaking Emma Woods in front of the net. Woods would get the shot over Ives’ blocker and in the net. The period would end with the Six up 1-0.
Early in the second period, the Whale would tie up the game. The puck would be turned over in the offensive zone by the Six defenders. It would be picked up by a streaking Taylor Girard, who carried the puck up the left side. She would get the shot off, and it snuck through the seven hole of Elaine Chuli. The goal on the play was unassisted.
Five minutes later, the Six would re-take the lead. A pass to the point and Tinker would throw the pass to her D partner. Taylor Woods would take the shot that would get through all the way to Ives. Ives would leave a juicy rebound in the slot, and Natalie Marcuzzi would jam at the puck, eventually sliding it five hole through the goalie.
Four minutes later, the Connecticut Whale would once again tie up the game. Emma Vlasic would feed a nice stretch pass to Amanda Conway. With speed, she would blow by the Six defender and get a clear lane to Elaine Chuli. Conway would make a nice power move, sliding the puck to her forehand. Conway would slide the shot home past Chuli’s right leg pad and in the net. The period would end with both teams tied at 2.
In the third period, the Connecticut Whale would get their first lead in the game. Janine Weber would get the puck in front of the Toronto bench. She would carry the puck on the right side. Weber would feed the pass to the high slot, where Alyssa Wohlfeiler would take a one time shot, that was initially stopped by Chuli. A rebound would find the stick of Emma Vlasic, and she would slam the puck home.
The lead didn’t last long, as a minute later the Toronto Six would tie up the game. A faceoff win from Mikyla Grant-Mentis would see the puck go to the point. The shot from the point by Lindsay Eastwood would get deflected in front of Abbie Ives by Breanne Wilson-Bennett. The puck had eyes and found the back of the net.
Two minutes later, the Whale would re-establish their lead in the game. A turnover at the blue line by the Six would lead to a one on two situation. Kennedy Marchment would deke around the Toronto defender, and find just enough day light that she would get the shot off. The shot would go over Chuli’s glove and sneak in the net, just on the inside of the post.
Three minutes later, the Toronto Six would once again tie up the game. A controversial play, the shot would get through to Ives. A net mouth scramble ensued, and the whistle would blow. The call on the ice was no goal; however, after the officials gathered and video replay was called, the decision was reversed and the goal was allowed. Regulation would end with both teams tied at 4.
In the overtime session, the puck carried by Mikyla Grant-Mentis up the right side of the ice, she would carry it below the goal line. She would feed the pass to the slot; however, the puck would hit off of Kennedy Marchment’s skate and go into the net. Toronto would take game one of the weekend by a score of 5-4.
It comes down to tomorrow to who takes first place in the standings. With a regulation win, the Connecticut Whale would take first place. Any other result, would see the Toronto Six take home first place.
Elaine Chuli of the Six would face 29 shots, making 25 saves; while Abbie Ives of the Whale would face 17 shots, making 12 saves.
These two teams square off tomorrow at 1p.
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