Welcome to the TXHT PHF Weekend Recap for the Weekend of Friday, December 16th through Sunday, December 18th, 2022, plus news coming out of the weekend.
Friday, December 16th, 2022
Game #1 – Toronto Six v. Buffalo Beauts
- In some Friday night action in the PHF we would go outdoors for the Buffalo Believes Classic as the Beauts would play host to the Toronto Six, in the first period Brittany Howard would continue her spectacular season as she would score to give the Six the 1-0 lead. In the second period Claudia Kepler would score for the Beauts to tie the game at one. Then in the third period Lexi Templeman would score to give the Six the 2-1 victory over the Beauts.
Saturday, December 17th, 2022
Game #1 – Metropolitan Riveters v. Connecticut Whale
- In Connecticut the Whale would play host to the Metropolitan Riveters, and in the first period Taylor Girard would score to give the Whale the 1-0 lead. In the second period Emilie Harley, Amanda Pelkey, and Fanni-Garat-Gasparics would score to give the Rivs the 3-1 lead. Then in the third period Emma Vlasic would score for the Whale, but Pelkey would net her second of the game and Sarah Bujold would score to give the Riveters the 5-2 victory over the Whale.
Game #2 – Montreal Force v. Minnesota Whitecaps
- Meanwhile in Minnesota the Whitecaps would play host to the Montreal Force, and after a scoreless first period Christine Deaudelin and Ann-Sophie Bettez would score for the Force while the Whitecaps would get goals from Sidney Morin and Natalie Snodgrass for the 2-2 tie. Then in the third period Snodgrass would net a pair of goals to complete the hat trick and Jonna Albers would score to give the Whitecaps the 5-2 victory over the Force.
Game #3 – Toronto Six v. Buffalo Beauts
- Back in Buffalo the Beauts would look to bounce back against the Toronto Six, and in the first period Emma Woods would score to give the Six the 1-0 lead. In the second period Shiann Darkangelo would score for the Six, but goals from Summer-Rae Dobson, Claudia Kepler, and Mikyla Grant-Mentis would give the Beauts the 3-2 lead. Then in the third period Dominique Kremer would score for the Beauts, but goals from Leah Lum, Kati Tabin, Darkangelo, and Breanne Wilson-Bennett would give the Six the 6-4 victory over the Beauts.
Sunday, December 18th, 2022
Game #1 – Montreal Force v. Minnesota Whitecaps
- In Minnesota the Whitecaps would look to go 2-0 against the Montreal Force, and in the first period Jade Downie-Landry would open the scoring for the Force to take the 1-0 lead. In the second period Alexandra Labelle would strike to grow the Force’s lead to two. Then in the third period Jonna Albers would score for the Whitecaps, but goals from Sarah Lefort and Samantha Isbell would give the Force the 4-1 victory over the Whitecaps.
Game #2 – Boston Pride v. Connecticut Whale
- In Connecticut the Whale would look to bounce back after falling to the Metropolitan Riveters on Saturday as they host the Boston Pride, and in the first period Olivia Zafuto and Loren Gabel would score for the Pride, but a pair goals from Caitrin Lonegran and a tally from Katerina Mrazova would give the Whale the 3-2 lead. In the second period Gabel would net her second goal of the game for the Pride, but Melissa Samoskevich and Alyssa Wohlfeiler would score to give the Whale the 5-3 lead. Then in the third period Zafuto would net her second of the game for the Pride, but Kennedy Marchment would score to secure the 6-4 victory for the Whale over the Pride.
News and Notes
- The PHF announced that for the 2023-24 season the salary cap will double from $750k to $1.5 million.
- The increase shows significant growth from the 2020-21 season when the salary cap was $150k, which is a 900% increase.
- The PHF also announced that the PHF All Star Weekend will take place in Toronto.
- A pinnacle showcase event will take place on Sunday, January 29th, 2023.
- This year’s format will feature three teams comprised of American, Canadian, and Global talents.
- The PHF along with the Connecticut Whale announced that they have partnered with the Pittsburgh Penguins of the NHL for a neutral site game.
- The game will take place on Saturday, January 14th, 2023 at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, whichh is the practice facility for the Penguins.
- The whale will face the Montreal Force while wearing retro inspired jerseys to honor the Pittsburgh Pennies.
- The Pennies were a professional women’s hockey team in Pittsburgh that was founded in 1972.
3 Stars of the Week
First Star – Natalie Snodgrass (MIN)
- Natalie Snodgrass would celebrate her 24th birthday on Saturday with a natural hat trick which would lead the Minnesota Whitecaps to a 5-2 victory over the Montreal Force. Snodgrass’ hat trick would feature the game tying and game winning goals for the Whitecaps.
Second Star – Shiann Darkangelo (TOR)
- Shiann Darkangelo would record four points for the Toronto Six as they defeated the Buffalo Beauts on Saturday. Darkangelo would score the game winning goal along with three assists to guide the Six to their victory.
Third Star – Taylor Girard (CTW)
- Taylor Girard would record a goal and three assists for the Connecticut Whale in two games played this past weekend. On Saturday against Metropolitan Girard would record a shorthanded tally in the Whale’s 5-2 loss. Then on Sunday Girard would record three assists in the Whale’s 6-4 victory over the Boston Pride.
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