By: Danielle DuBois | Follow Me on Twitter @DanielleDuBois
The women’s hockey team of Boston, the Pride, has been on fire lately. If you haven’t been watching on NESN, here’s a recap of their weekend. The Pride had a busy weekend, but that didn’t stop them from winning back-to-back games.
The Pride started their weekend on Saturday night by winning 5-0 against the Metropolitan Rivers. Less than 24 hours later, the Pride returned to Warrior Ice Arena for a matinee game against the Connecticut Whale. Despite back-to-back games, the Pride looked faster than ever and played some of their best hockey this season.
The Pride started right on time on Sunday as they took the ice. They came out not only looking fast but also completing incredibly difficult passes. Just three minutes into the game, Élizabeth Giguère had a short assist to Loren Gabel, who was able to tip in the puck, giving the Pride an early 1-0 lead.
After a competitive ten minutes of play, the Pride settled it in their zone, and Taylor House scored, bringing the Pride up 2-0. With three minutes of the game remaining in the period, Alyssa Wohlfeiler rebounded her shot to put the Whale on the board. At the end of the first period, the Pride led 2-1.
Despite leading, the Pride was not satisfied with what they had done. The Pride came out with the same speed they had in the first period and used that to their advantage. Four minutes into the second period Loren Gabel had a breakaway goal to bring the Pride to 3-1. Ten minutes into the period, we saw the game’s first penalty. Hannah Bates was called for hooking, causing the Pride to go on the power play. 30 seconds into the powerplay, Jillian Dempsey scored, extending the Pride’s lead to 4-1.
With one last period of play to go, the Pride didn’t let up. Early into the final period, Élizabeth Giguère scored the Pride’s last goal of the game, bringing the score to 5-1. Even though the Whale were down by four, they didn’t give up. With four and a half minutes remaining, Shannon Turner passed from behind the net to Caitrin Lonergan, who shot it into the net to bring the score to 5-2.
END OF GAME SCORE: BOS – 5, CTW – 2
TOTAL SHOTS ON GOAL: BOS – 33, CTW – 50
Despite the 5-2 score, the game was mostly even across both teams. Both the Whale and the Pride had seven blocked shots and two penalties. The Pride barely beat the Whale on faceoffs with a win percentage of .529. Goalie Corinne Schroeder had 48 saves on 50 shots. The Boston Pride are now 14-2-1 this season.
The Boston Pride are the best team in the Premier Hockey Federation, and they hope to keep this winning record now and in the future. With the Pride winning two championships back-to-back, they look to continue that streak this year.
NEXT GAME: Boston Pride vs. Montreal Force on Saturday, February 18th, with puck drop at 8 PM.