Tonight’s game had a little bit of everything. 63 shots on goal, two different 5 on 3 power plays, a penalty shot, outstanding goaltending and even some history made.
Tonight’s tilt featuring the Boston Pride versus the expansion Toronto Six started off for Boston the same way the previous two games started; Boston controlling the flow of the game and eventually getting on the board to take a 1-0 lead.
With Boson on the power play, awarded for a Slashing Minor to Brooke Boquist, Taylor Turnquist and Lauren Kelly utilized some fast puck movement to find Christina Putigna all alone on the goal like where she rifled a quick wrist shot of the right shoulder of of Elaine Chuli at 11:59 of the first period.
That was the only mistake Chuli would make on the night, ending with 24 saves on 25 shots.
The second period was tightly contested. With Boston already on the power play, Breanne Wilson-Bennett was able to take control of the puck in the neutral zone and get past Boston’s Defense. As Wilson-Bennett attempted her shot, Kaleigh Fratkin attempted to dive and poke the puck away and was called for a Tripping penalty. Wilson-Bennett was awarded a penalty shot that Lovisa Selander was just able to get her blocker on for the save.
It was the third period where the persistent peppering of shots by Toronto on Selander finally started to pay off. 3:31 into the first, Brooke Boquist took a shot that ran into a sea of legs in front of the net. The puck fell to the ice and slid to the left side of the net where Boquist, who was following the puck the entire time, picked up her own rebound and snapped a goal into an open net and tied the game 1-1.
Toronto was not done just yet. Just over one minute later, Mikyla Grant-Mentis was able to take a shot that initially was stopped by Selander but then trickled through her legs and just over the goal line, giving the Six’s a 2-1 advantage they would not give up.
Captain Jillian Dempsey
With just around two minutes left in the game, Captain Jillian Dempsey took a hit along the boards and fell down awkwardly with both arms straight out and above her head. Dempsey immediately clutched her right shoulder and was in obvious pain. This will be something to watch as she is the all time NWHL scoring leader and the heart and soul of this Boston team.
Two final notes; this win was the first win in franchise history for the Toronto Six. It was also the first time Boston had lost to a team not named Minnesota or Buffalo since October 27th, 2018 when they lost to the Metropolitan Riveters (out of Monmouth Junction, New Jersey).
Written by: DJ Parker