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Boston rolls to 5-1 win over slumping Connecticut

Connecticut WhaleSTAMFORD, Dec. 10 – Boston’s Jillian Dempsey had two goals and two assists to lead the Boston Pride to a 5-1 win over the Connecticut Whale in National Women’s Hockey League action Sunday at the Terry Connors Rink here in Stamford.

Former Whale player Dana Trivigno had two goals and an assist as the Pride (2-3-1) won their second straight game. Brittany Ott made 18 saves in net to earn the victory for Boston.

Connecticut (2-4) dropped their second consecutive contest and have scored just one goal in the last two outings. Kelly Babstock, the Whale’s leading scorer (2-4, 6) scored with 4:23 gone in the third period to cut a four-goal Boston lead to three goals.

A week ago, Metropolitan goalie Katie Fitzgerald made 25 saves to shutout Connecticut, 4-0 in Newark, N.J.

The Whale return to the ice on Saturday when they travel to Buffalo to face the defending NWHL champion Beauts.

Connecticut is on the road for the next four games. The Whale face Metropolitan in Newark on January 7 and travel to Pittsburgh on January 14 for a neutral ice game against Buffalo. They face Buffalo again in upstate New York on January 20 before coming back to Stamford against Metropolitan on Saturday, January 27, at 7 p.m.

NOTES: Former Whale forward Kaleigh Fratkin made her season debut with Boston in the game. Fratkin played with Connecticut in the first year in the league before playing with New York – now Metropolitan — in year two. Fratkin, who has six goals and 17 assists in her NWHL career, had an assist Sunday against the Whale.

NWHL standings

W-L-T Pts. GF GA
Metropolitian 6-0 12 29 9
Boston 2-3-1 5 16 18
Buffalo 2-4 4 17 24
Connecticut 2-4 4 10 21

Sunday’s results
Boston 5, Connecticut 1
Metropolitan 4, Buffalo 2
Saturday, December 16
Connecticut at Buffalo, 1:30 p.m.
Metropolitan at Boston, 7:30 p.m.

Boston 5, Connecticut 1
At Stamford
Boston (2-3-1)                        2  1  2  — 5
Connecticut (2-4)                   0  0  1  — 1
First period
Boston 1, Emily Field (Jillian Dempsey), 6:56; Boston 2, Dempsey (Dana Trivigno, Emily Field), 11:03
Second period
Boston 3, Dempsey (Field, Kaliya Johnson), 5:30; Penalties: Marissa Gedman (B), delay of game, 9:23; Kaleigh Fratkin (B) roughing, 19:52
Third period
Boston 4, Trivigno (Field, Dempsey), 3:53; Connecticut 1, Kelly Babstock (Rachael Ade, Emily Fluke) ,4:23; Boston 5, Trivigno (Kaleigh Fratkin), 11:46; Penalties: Trivigno (B) slashing, 5:26
Shots: Boston 28 (7-13-8), Connecticut 19 (8-5-6)
Goalies: Boston – Brittany Ott (W, 2-3-1) 19 shots, 18 saves; Connecticut – Laura Brennan 6 shots, 5 saves; Sydney Rossman (L, 2-4) 22 shots, 18 saves

Metropolitan 4, Connecticut 0
At Newark, N.J. (Dec. 3)
Connecticut (2-3)           0  0  0  — 0
Metropolitan (5-0)          2  1  1  — 4
First period
Metropolitan 1, Alexa Grushow (Courtney Burke, Jenny Ryan), 3:15; Metropolitan 2, Kelly Nash (Madison Packer)
Second period
Metropolitan 3, Miye D’Oench (Alexa Grushow), 17:01; Penalties: Shannon Doyle (CT) body checking, 13:06; Kelsey Koelzer (M) body checking, 19:35
Third period
Metropolitan 4, Bray Ketchum (Packer, Erika Lawler), 11:01 (pp); Penalties: Kelly Babstock (CT) body checking, 9:23
Shots on goal: Connecticut 25 (2-13-10), Metropolitan 25 (11-6-8)
Goalies: Connecticut — Sydney Rossman (L, 2-3), 25 shots, 21 saves; Metropolitan — Katie Fitzgerald (W, 5-0) 25 shots, 25 saves

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