It was a busy weekend for the Whale and Rivs as they both had two games in three days. With Boston well out in front, the battle for second place is still tightly contested, with any three of the remaining teams in with shot of claiming home ice. This weekend certainly didn’t disappoint- 32 goals were scored in total across just three games. This will be one weekend for the goalies to forget.
Boston Pride 8 – 4 Connecticut Whale
New York Riveters 3 – 4 (SO) Buffalo Beauts
New York Riveters 8 – 6 Connecticut Whale
3rd Star – Haley Skarupa (Connecticut Whale, 4G 1A across 2 games)
Although her team came away without gaining any points in their final two home games for a while, Hayley Skarupa can hardly be to blame. She scored a power play goal, a short-handed and an even strength goal. This is a feat that, from a quick google, doesn’t have a name, so I will suitably dub it the Skarupa Hat Trick.
2nd Star – Meghan Duggan (Boston Pride, 3G 2A)
A five point night is pretty special. A five point night with a hat trick thrown in as well is incredible. Being a part of five of the eight goals that Boston scored over Connecticut shows the offensive power that Duggan brings to the team, and is clearly one of the reasons that Boston have already secured the #1 spot in the table with 8 games to spare.
1st Star – Amanda Kessel (New York Riveters, 2G 4A across 2 games)
With four players picking up hat tricks this weekend you might wonder why I chose Kessel as my first star. The answer is that Kessel’s six points were all critical; she registered 3 points in each game, helping New York claim 3 out of a possible 4 points on offer. She may have been out for most of the season, but she has returned just at the crucial time as New York now have their eyes set on claiming that home ice advantage for the playoffs.
Alex Carpenter kept up her impressive points tally as she registered a goal and 3 assists to keep her on top of the points leader board.
Tatiana Rafter quadrupled her goals tally in just one game as she scored her first professional hat trick against the Whale in New York’s crucial 8-6 victory.
Madison Packer, also of the Rivs, claimed a hat trick and an assist for herself over the weekend.
Janine Weber picked up a deuce to keep her in contention for the crown of leading goal scorer.
Kristina Lavoie converted on her penalty shot in the 6th round of the shootout between Buffalo and New York to give her team the 2 points.
Not So Honourable Mentions:
Goalies. Across the three games, all goalies combined just for 0.842%. Brittany Ott allowed 4 goals in the 3rd period, an uncharacteristic performance from her. Meanwhile, the Whale’s Nicole Stock allowed a total of 16 goals over the weekend.
Connecticut have now lost 5 games in a row.
Weird and Wacky:
Many players dream of making their professional debut and say they never forget that moment they don the jersey and hit the ice. Sarah Bryant certainly won’t forget hers, coming on in relief of Katie Fitzgerald. However, she was only on the ice for a total of 34 seconds before Fitzgerald returned. This means that with her one save, Sarah Bryant has a perfect save record.
With only one more weekend before the all-star break, we have the excitement of the New York vs. Buffalo matchup to relive. Games don’t get more crucial than this, as both teams need the win to help them gain second place in the standings. Boston will host the struggling Whale. Not many will be thinking that the Whale can snag a win. However with a late third period comeback this week, if they can bring that intensity for the entire game, who knows?
Finally I will leave you with this table, showing the form of the four teams over the last five games:
- Boston Pride – 10 points
- New York Riveters – 7 Points
- Buffalo Beauts – 6 Points
- Connecticut Whale – 0 Points