The championship game of the Isobel Cup Finals took place tonight. A great matchup between the Boston Pride and the Connecticut Whale. The Boston Pride come into this matinee having beaten the Buffalo Beauts in the first round, and the Toronto Six in the semifinal matchup. The Whale got here by beating the Minnesota Whitecaps in the other semifinal game.
In the season series between these two teams, the Connecticut Whale have beaten the Pride 3 out of 4 times. Here is how the two teams would line up:
Boston Pride: Christina Putigna, Jillian Dempsey, Taylor Wenczkowski, Kaileigh Fratkin, Amanda Boulier, Katie Burt
In the first period, it would be Jillian Dempsey who would put the Pride on the board first. She deked around the Whale defense and slid a nice backhand shot that got through Abbie Ives’ leg pads and in the net.
Before the end of the first period, the Connecticut Whale would answer right back. It would be Amanda Conway who settled the puck, as she crossed the blue line. She would rip a shot that would get past Katie Burt, go off the post and in the net. The period would end with both teams tied at 1.
Very early in the second period, the Whale would get a fast offensive attack. The puck would find Kennedy Marchment on the right side, and she would feed a hard pass to the front of the net. The puck would find the stick of Taylor Girard and get above a sprawling Katie Burt. The Whale would take a 2-1 lead heading into the third period.
In the third period, the Pride would take over. A bad turnover at the defensive blue line by the Whale would give a 2 on 1 rush. Mary Parker would take the shot, that was initially stopped by Abbie Ives, but the rebound would find Evelina Raselli. She would chip it past Ives and into the roof of the net.
18 seconds later, the Boston Pride would take the lead. A cross ice pass from Kali Flanagan would find Christina Putigna on the right circle. She would rip a shot that was once again stopped by Abbie Ives but the rebound would find Taylor Wenczkowski. She didn’t get a whole lot of the shot, but just enough to get the puck over the line and in the net.
The Pride defense and Katie Burt would shut the door on any Whale offensive opportunities, as Jenna Rheault would secure the empty net goal.
Congratulations to the Boston Pride for winning their third Isobel Cup, and going back to back!
Katie Burt of the Pride faced 34 shots, making 32 saves; While Abbie Ives faced 29 shots, making 26 saves.
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