With Connecticut playing two games this weekend it was going to be make or break to see if the team could get their act together and make a push to overtake Buffalo in the standings. Meanwhile, NY would look on hoping for a Buffalo loss, as that would secure them the #2 seed.
Boston Pride 5 – 4 Connecticut Whale
Connecticut Whale 4 – 2 Buffalo Beauts
3rd Star – Shane Lundberg (Connecticut Whale, 68 Saves across two games)
There’s only so much a goalie can do to try and get their team the win, and Shane Lundburg did that on Friday night as she faced a whopping 50 shots from the Pride. Despite such a barrage, the team only lost by one goal. She was able to continue to keep the pucks out of the net on Sunday, as she posted a 0.920% save percentage.
— NWHL (@NWHL) February 27, 2017
2nd Star – Brianna Decker (Boston Pride, 1G 3A)
A 4 point night puts Decker on 21 points for the season, only two behind leading scorer and fellow teammate, Alex Carpenter. After scoring her 10th of the season, she then went on to assist on three others to help the Pride pull off a heroic comeback after trailing 4-1 midway through the second. Impossible comebacks are now very much possible when teams are playing the Whale.
1st Star – Kelli Stack (Connecticut Whale, 2G 1A across two games)
Stack joined three other skaters (Duggan, Skarupa and Decker) to reach the 10 goal marker for the season as she extended her points streak to 6 games. She also has 4 goals in her last 3 games, exactly the type of form the team needed to snap their 8 game losing streak.
Hillary Knight continued to make up for lost time as she picked up a goal and two assists on Friday. She also peppered the Whale net with 7 shots on goal.
The Whale’s power play has finally gotten into gear, converting on 22% of the chances they got this weekend, totalling 3 power play goals.
Megan Bozek scored a goal and helped on a second as the Beauts lost 4-2.
Meghan Huertas had her first multi-point night against Buffalo as she notched up two assists.
Not So Honourable Mentions:
Brittany Ott was pulled for a second game in a row, allowing 3 goals on just 9 shots against Connecticut.
The Whale went up 4-1 against the Pride, only to lose 5-4 – yet another multi-goal lead blown.
— Ashley Johnston (@strettyit) February 27, 2017
The home semi-finals are now set as the two top seeds are locked in place. Boston claimed the #1 seed a while ago, while Buffalo’s loss gifted New York the #2. The battle for third place has been rekindled with Connecticut’s win over Buffalo. They both now sit on 11 points, but Buffalo have two games in hand, however the sides will face each other for a final time this season on the 12th March. It’s going to be a thrilling finale for these two teams’ seasons.