The Boston Pride split their weekend exhibition series in Minnesota, getting a 5-1 victory over the Whitecaps on Saturday night and narrowly losing, 5-4, on Sunday afternoon. Saturday’s contest was the type of showing we’ve come to expect from the Pride, featuring a flurry of goals on the offensive end and a strong goalkeeping performance from Brittany Ott in net.
Northeastern alumna and NWHL All-Star Game hopeful Rachel Llanes opened the scoring on Saturday night, receiving a great pass from Emily Field and using her unreal speed to cash in on the breakaway.
Shortly after, Amanda Pelkey made it 2-0 on a deflection in the crease, assisted by Jillian Dempsey. In the third, Hilary Knight did this. No big deal.
Dempsey added a goal to her point total for the night, going short side on Whitecaps’ goalie Alex Rigsby.
Jillian Dempsey cares not for your petty goaltending. pic.twitter.com/nnKDiKz51H— StanleyCup ofChowder (@cupofchowdah) December 13, 2015
Obviously, a shutout would be too good to be true, and the Whitecaps got on the board thanks to Allie Thunstrom in the third period. Brianna Decker capped off the scoring with an empty netter.
Sunday’s game ended up not being streamed and was not televised either, so please bear with me. According to Twitter, the Pride allowed an early goal to Rachel Bona and were down 2-0 by the end of the first period. Within the first three minutes of the second period, the Whitecaps added two more goals. Sounds like the Pride fell back into their pattern of starting off slow. Either that, or Lauren Slebodnick was having a tough afternoon in net. However, this was not the Riveters’ defense, and the offense was able to snag two back thanks to All-Stars Zoe Hickel and Emily Field.
The Whitecaps’ Meghan Lorence scored on the power play halfway through the third, which proved to be the game-winner. The Pride did make a valiant effort at a comeback, Hickel adding a second goal and Dempsey scoring in her fourth straight game, but it was not enough.
So, they lost an exhibition game. More importantly, the team got some exposure in a great hockey state and established a relationship with the Whitecaps, which will hopefully lead to some expansion of the NWHL in the future, either with the Caps or a new team.
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