For the first time ever, the women of professional hockey had a chance to shine in an outdoor classic. The Boston Pride of the NWHL and Les Canadiennes of the CWHL also marked the first opponents between the two leagues.
While the Pride did not have a full roster due to Team USA, they did suit up Kaleigh Fratkin of the Connecticut Whale and Meghan Fardelmann of the New York Riveters.
The game opened with a slower pace, taking nine minutes before Kim Deschenes scored the opening goal to give the Canadiennes a 1-0 lead as she scored off of a two-on-one.
Denna Laing of the Pride was injured near the end of the first half and had to be taken off on a stretcher. The injury timeout decreased the running time of the second half from 15 to 12 minutes, and the Pride began the second half on the power play.
The power play, which was a hooking call against Marie-Philip Poulin, was killed but Fratkin had a breakaway chance moments later for the Pride. However, offsides was called, and stopped the best scoring chance for the Pride.
With less than four minutes left in the contest the Pride tied it 1-1. Blake Bolden scored the goal and it was assisted by Rachel Llanes and Jillian Dempsey.
Due to the alumni game between the Boston Bruins and Montreal Canadiens coming up at 3:30pm, the game ended in a tie and did not go to overtime or a shootout. The game was played with a running clock, so offsides and icing, along with the time after goals scored, limited the time of actual play on the ice.
The first ever women's outdoor classic is in the books, and while the game was not televised, it was another huge step in growing the sport of women's hockey, and also in bringing together both professional leagues in North America.