The Pride have arrived at Lake Placid. We are going to overreact and say game one was rust and nerves. Their second effort was a much better showing per expectations.
The first thing that has to be talked about is The Captain, Jillian Dempsey. Dempsey became the first player in NWHL history to hit 100 points with her second goal of the game. The was the first PP goal of the year for the Pride and sparked an explosion of three goals in the second period. Her reward? She will be back at work teaching elementary school remotely Monday morning, definitely going to have a fun story for her students.
Importance of Rest
This bubble is going to be a grind for all six teams with few breaks and even less true prep time. This was only game two, but of the three games only two goalies got their second start, Amanda Leveille for Minnesota and Maine graduate Carly Jackson for Buffalo. The result for both of them was letting in five goals. Lev had her team recover for a shootout win, Jackson was a little less lucky.
The top line is buzzing for the Pride. However this time the rookie line got itself a pair of goals. Overall number one pick Sammy Davis was the first of them to do so. The other two lines are still a little quiet.
Metropolitan Riveters: 4 - Connecticut Whale: 3
Minnesota Whitecapes: 6 - Toronto Six: 5 (SO)