Before we get into the details of today’s game, here are some quotes from yesterday’s tilt, as provided by D.F Pendrys:
The second game of the weekend series between the Connecticut Whale and the Minnesota Whitecaps took place today. Connecticut won the first game by a score of 2-0. Earning her first professional shutout was Abbie Ives. Here is how the two teams would line up for Game 2:
In the first period, the home Connecticut Whale would get on the board first, the goal coming from Justine Reyes, her first PHF goal of the season. A pass from behind the net from Lenka Serdar would find a streaking Reyes heading toward the net. She would roof a backhand shot over the blocker of Amanda Leveille.
2 minutes later, the Whitecaps would tie up the game. After a great scoring chance in the offensive zone for the Whale, a 2 on 1 rush going the other way for Minnesota would breakout. A pass from Sidney Morin to Jonna Albers in the neutral zone would see her carry the puck up the left side of the ice, and she would get the shot over Raisanen’s glove.
Before the end of the first period, the Whale would take the lead once again. The goal would come from Taylor Girard, her second goal of the season. The lone assist on the play would come from Katerina Mrazova. The Whale would take a 2-1 lead heading into the second period.
There was no scoring in the second period, as both goalies came up with the saves on the offensive chances. The shot counter was even tied at the end of the period, both teams tallying seven shots on net.
Very early in the third period, the Whitecaps would once again tie up the game. The goal would come from Denisa Krizova, her second goal of the season. A nice backhand pass from behind the net would see Krizova re-direct the puck towards the net and would get by a disbelieving Raisanen.
Later in the period, the Whitecaps would take the lead for the first time in the game. Natalie Snodgrass would carry the puck into the offensive zone from the right side. She would send a backhand pass to the middle, and Olivia Knowles would slam the puck underneath Raisanen and in the net.
Before the end of the game, the Whitecaps would double their lead. The goal coming from Natalie Snodgrass, her third goal of the season, and her third point in the game. A backhand pass from Amanda Boulier would find Snodgrass on the right side of the ice. She would send a low shot that would get through a maze of legs and underneath Raisanen.
Before the end of the game, Connecticut would get a consolation goal. The goal being tallied by Katerina Mrazova, her first PHF goal of the season and her first since 2019 when the league was the NWHL.
The Whitecaps would hold on to get the 4-3 victory.
Amanda Leveille of the Minnesota Whitecaps would face 28 shots, making 25 saves; while Meeri Raisanen of the Connecticut Whale would face 22 shots, making 18 saves.
D.F. Pendrys was also kind enough to provide some postgame thoughts on today’s game:
Head Coach Colton Orr:
The next game that the Connecticut Whale play will be on 12/17 against the Metropolitan Riveters at 2p. While the next game for the Minnesota Whitecaps will be against the Montreal Force also on 12/17 at 7p.
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