The weekend series between the Connecticut Whale and Montreal Force took place early this afternoon. In the first ever game between these two teams, saw Montreal earn the victory with a late third period goal and then a shootout winner to get the 4-3 victory.
Here is how the two teams would line up for this game:
In the first period, Connecticut, like they did yesterday, got on the board first. The goal coming from newcomer Emma Keenan. She had a semi-breakaway heading into the offensive zone. She launched a shot that would beat the goaltender, but not the post. However, she got a fortunate bounce that would see the puck hit the goalie’s back and roll into the net. The Whale would take the 1-0 lead heading into the second period.
Early in the second period, the Force would tie the game. The puck carried behind the Whale goal by Ann-Sophie Bettez would find the stick of Jade Downie-Landry, who would carry it to the front of the net. The puck would bounce off a Whale defender’s skate and out of the net mouth scramble, a backhanded shot by Sarah Lefort would beat Abbie Ives under her blocker and in the net.
Five minutes later, the Whale would once again take the lead in the game. Breaking out of the Whale defensive zone saw Taylor Girard carrying the puck up the left side of the ice, getting a 2 on 1. She would lay a beautiful pass that would find the tape of Alyssa Wohlfeiler who had nothing but net to shoot at. The Whale would take a 2-1 lead heading into the third period.
Halfway through the third period would once again find that the Montreal Force could tie up the game. The goal would come from Kaity Howarth, her first goal of the season. The lone assist on the play would come from Gabrielle De Serres, her first point of the season.
A minute later, the Whale would once again find a way to take the lead in the game. The goal coming from last season’s MVP Kennedy Marchment. A bank pass in the neutral zone by Mallory Souliotis would find a streaking Alyssa Wohlfeiler heading up the right side of the ice. She would lay a pass to Kennedy Marchment, who would fire the puck at the net. It took a weird deflection and would somehow go by the glove of the goalie and in the net.
This would prove to be the game winner, as the Whale would hang on to get their first victory of the year by a score of 3-2.
Tricia Deguire would get the start for the Montreal Force, she would face 33 shots, making 30 saves; while Abbie Ives of the Connecticut Whale would face 37 shots, making 35 saves.
The next set of games for the Connecticut Whale will be against the Minnesota Whitecaps on 12/9 and 12/10. While the next game for the Montreal Force will be also against the Minnesota Whitecaps on 12/17 and 12/18.
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