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Ott makes 37 saves as undefeated Boston (9-0) blanks Connecticut, 4-0

Connecticut’s Haley Skarupa had a team-high nine shots on goal in Sunday’s 4-0 loss to Boston.

NORTH BRANFORD, Jan. 15 – Boston Pride goalie Brittany Ott made 37 saves to register her league-leading third shutout of the season to lead the defending National Women’s Hockey League champion Pride to a 4-0 shutout over Connecticut at the Northford Ice Pavilion on Sunday.

Jillian Dempsey had two goals for undefeated Boston (9-0) while Alex Carpenter had a goal and two assists for the Pride. Boston, which has allowed a league-low 10 goals in nine games, shutout Connecticut for the second time this season.

With their eighth straight loss to Boston, dating back to last season, the Whale slip into last place in the NWHL with a 4-7 record. Connecticut beat Boston in their first-ever meeting in November 2015 and haven’t won since.

Connecticut was sharp early and had a 19-11 advantage in shots on goal in the first period. But Ott was up to the task. The Pride took a 1-0 lead with Dempsey cashing on a juicy rebound.

Carpenter beat Connecticut’s Micaela Long to the puck and took off down the right side of the rink. Carpenter fired a shot that bounced off the pads of Connecticut goalie Nicole Stock. It bounced right to Dempsey, who quickly flipped the puck past Stock for her second goal of the year with 7:25 left in the first period.

Connecticut had some opportunities but couldn’t convert. Boston stood tall late in the first period when Connecticut had a 5-on-3 advantage for 1:22 after two consecutive Boston penalties. The Whale had two good scoring opportunities from Dana Trivigno and Haley Skarupa in the final 12 seconds of the period but Ott deflected both chances away.

Boston killed off another Connecticut power play early in the second period. The Pride were frequently too quick for Connecticut, which struggled to get good shots on goal on the power play.

Boston took a 2-0 lead on a shorthanded goal with 11:47 left in the second period. Zoe Hickel bumped Connecticut’s Kelly Babstock off the puck and held her for just a second as Carpenter jumped on the loose puck and took off. Hickel and Carpenter passed the puck quickly on a 2-on-1 break with Carpenter scoring over a diving Stock. It was the fourth shorthanded goal of the season for Boston.

The Pride added two more goals in the third period from Dempsey – her second of the game – and a power play goal from Hilary Knight with 36 seconds left in regulation.

Stock (3-4) made 31 saves in net for Connecticut. The Whale did outshoot Boston, 37-35. Skrapua had a team-high nine shots while Kelli Stock and Babstock had six each.

The Whale, who have lost three straight games, are off next week but return to the ice on Friday, January 27, when they host Boston at 7 p.m. at the Northford Ice Pavilion.

Boston 4, Connecticut 0
At North Branford
Boston (9-0)                    1  1  2  — 4
Connecticut (4-7)             0  0  0  — 0
First period
Boston 1, Jillian Dempsey (Alex Carpenter, Alyssa Gagliardi) 12:35; Penalities – Brianna Decker (Boston), cross checking, 15:39; Megan Duggan (Boston), 17:07 delay of game
Second period
Boston 2, Alex Carpenter (Zoe Hickel), 8:13 (shorthanded); Penalties – Brianna Decker (Boston) cross checking; Meagan Mangene (CT), body checking, 16:19
Third period
Boston 3, Jillian Dempsey (Amanda Pelkey, Alex Carpenter), 13:17; Boston 4, Hilary Knight (Alyssa Gagliardi, Brianna Decker), 19:24 (pp); Penalties: Kacey Bellamy (Boston), elbowing, 10:19; Meghan Huertas (CT) body checking, 17:54; Nicole Connery (CT), hooking, 10:19
Shots: Boston 35 (11-11-13), Connecticut 37 (19-9-9); Power play – Boston 1-3, Connecticut 0-4
Saves: Connecticut, Nicole Stock (L, 3-4), 35 shots, 31 saves; Boston, Brittany Ott (W, 7-0), 37 shots, 37 saves

NWHL standings

W-L-T Pts. GF GA
Boston 9-0 18 37 10
New York 4-5-2 10 28 33
Buffalo 4-6-1 9 30 45
Connecticut 4-7 8 32 39

Saturday, January 14
New York 3, Buffalo 0
Sunday, January 15
Boston 4, Connecticut 0
Saturday, January 21
Boston at New York, 6 p.m.
Friday, January 27
Boston at Connecticut, 7 p.m.
New York at Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 29
New York at Connecticut, 3 p.m.

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