It all comes down to this, one more win to secure the Isobel Cup in Season 8 of the PHF. If Minnesota win, it will be their second Cup in their franchise history; if Toronto can find victory, it would be their first ever championship, and they would do it on their first try.
Minnesota got to the Finals with series upset against the Boston Pride, 2 games to none. While the Toronto Six defeated the Connecticut Whale in 3 games to get to their first ever Finals. Here is how the teams would line up:
In the first period, it would be the Toronto Six who would break the ice and get the first goal of the game. A nice run in the offensive zone on the left side by Michela Cava, as she was cutting to the net, she would lay a backhand pass that would get through the Whitecaps defenders and find the stick of Dominika Laksova, who would fire the puck over Leveille’s shoulder and in the net. The Six would take a 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
Early in the second period, the Whitecaps would tie up the game. A nice keep in the zone by Natalie Snodgrass send the puck down low. Brittyn Fleming would outwork the Six defender and snatch the puck behind the net. She would take it around the net and fire a shot that would find room past Chuli and in the net.
Six minutes later, Toronto would re-establish their lead in the game. A costly turnover behind the net by Leveille, the puck would find Emma Woods’ stick, and she would slide the puck to the front of the net and find Breanne Wilson-Bennett, who had an empty net to deposit the puck.
Before the end of the second period, the Whitecaps would tie up the game again for the second time. A great heads up pass by the Whitecaps defender would find Liz Schepers at the Toronto blue line. A 3 on 1 break would ensue, Schepers would find Snodgrass on the right side, and she would fire a low shot that would get deflected by Brooke Madsen, who had a step on the Six defender. The deflection would find the back of the net. The period would end with both teams tied at 2.
Very early in the third period, the Minnesota Whitecaps would take the lead for the first time in the game. While Minnesota was on the power play, a pass to the left side of the neutral zone by Patti Marshall would find Natalie Snodgrass streaking in offensive zone. She would skate by the Toronto defender and glide past the goal line, she would then lay a nice pass to Jonna Albers, who would get her shot past Chuli and in the net. It would be Snodgrass’ second assist in the game.
8 minutes later, Toronto would tie up the game. Michela Cava would get the puck to the net, and in the midst of a net mouth scramble, Taylor Woods would find the puck and slide a backhand behind everyone and in to the yawning cage. It would be Cava’s second assist of the game.
At the end of regulation, both teams would be tied at 3, and the Finals would be decided via overtime!
In the extra frame, both teams would skate 3 on 3. Toronto would push the pace and get more chances in the offensive zone, they would be rewarded for their hard play. Tereza Vanisova on the forecheck would force a turnover along the goal line on the right side. She would skate towards the net and snipe a shot that would get over Amanda Leveille’s shoulder and into the short side of the net.
This would be the first Isobel Cup for the Toronto Six, and they are the first Canadian team who would win the Isobel Cup Championship in the PHF.
Congratulations to the Toronto Six for an incredible year!
Tereza Vanisova would earn the Player of the Game award. Michela Cava would earn the PHF Playoff MVP Award.
Amanda Leveille of the Minnesota Whitecaps faced 39 shots, making 35 saves; while Elaine Chuli of the Toronto Six would face 24 shots, making 21 saves.
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