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Boston Pride Dethrone the Connecticut Whale

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Captain Ahab would be proud.

NWHL Cross Ice Pass

It took nine games, but someone finally did it.

The Connecticut Whale are now 8-1.

Despite the depleted squads for both teams, Sunday's match up at Chelsea Piers was hard-fought and evenly-matched. The Boston Pride overthrew the number one team in the league without the help of Hilary Knight, Brianna Decker, or any of their fellow Team USA players, who are participating in USA Hockey's Winter Training Camp in Blaine, Minn.  In total, the Whale were missing six players from their roster, including their leading scorer Shiann Darkangelo, while the Pride were without eight.  Boston was so shorthanded that their general manager, Hayley Moore, had to lace up her skates and join The Pack for the afternoon, wearing Jordan Smelker's #11. Even with her help, the total number of skaters for Boston was only 12, plus three goalies.

Taking down the league's only undefeated team with only a dozen players? No problem.

For the second week in a row, Brittany Ott had an outstanding game in goal.  Although she was unable to keep a clean sheet, she saved 32 of 33 shots and played a crucial part in Boston's victory on Sunday afternoon. Boston struck first, Kelly Cooke shooting through the defense to get her first goal of the season.

Cooke has played on the same line as Rachel Llanes and Jillian Dempsey all season, a line which has been producing a number of goals lately, so it was only a matter of time before Cooke got hers as well.  The fact that their line wasn't split up by the Team USA call ups worked in the Pride's favor.

Halfway through the second period, the Whale chipped one home to tie it, scored by Kate Buesser.

Somehow, the puck found its way by Ott. Magic, probably.

The Whale have miraculously pulled off overtime and shootout victories all season, situations which the Pride have not dealt with yet.  The Pride kept it that way, scoring with seven minutes left in the third to break the tie and seal the win.

Blake Bolden, who assisted Cooke's goal, shot it over Whale goalie Nicole Stock and Emily Field tapped it in for the game-winning goal.

For the first time this season, the Pride had fewer shots on goal than their opponent, notching 29 to Connecticut's 33. At the end of the day, however, it's only the goals that matter.

The Whale will come to Boston to seek their revenge on January 17. For now, though, the Pride can enjoy their victory. Clearly, Ott is.