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Connecticut Whale to host South Korea in Olympic Games tuneup on Dec. 30

Connecticut Whale coach Ryan Equale draws up a play in a recent contest.

NEW HAVEN – The Connecticut Whale will host the South Korean national team in an exhibition game on Saturday, December 30, at historic Ingalls Arena on the campus of Yale University beginning at 2 p.m. Admission to the game will be free.

The South Korean national team is preparing for the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang in February.

“The NWHL is thrilled to host the South Korean national team in a matchup against the Whale as part of their Olympic preparations” said Hayley Moore, the NWHL’s Deputy. “The NWHL always strives to widen our reach and present new hockey opportunities to our players and experiences for our fans. This international exhibition will be a great experience for everyone.”

The game will be one of three Olympic tune-ups for national teams that the NWHL is playing in the coming weeks.

A squad of top players from the NWHL will face the U.S. women’s national team in games on Jan. 13 and 15, 2018 at the U.S. training complex in Wesley Chapel, Florida. Moore, in consultation with coaches of all four NWHL teams, will select the NWHL squad to face Team USA.

The Connecticut Whale are 2-5 at the holiday break and fourth in the NWHL. The Whale resume action in the league on January 7 when they challenge first place Metropolitan in Newark at 3 p.m. The Whale return home to Terry Connors Rink in Stamford on Sunday, January 28, when they host Metropolitan at 7 p.m.

The Whale dropped their final game of 2017 on December 17 when they lost a 3-1 decision to Buffalo on the road despite getting 38 shots on net. Beauts goalie Amanda Leveille made 37 stops in net to secure the win for Buffalo, now 3-4.

Amanda Boulier scored for Connecticut off assists from Cydney Roesler and Emily Fluke. Goalie Sydney Rossman stopped 26 shots but took the loss.

Buffalo 3, Connecticut 1
At Buffalo (December 16)
Connecticut (2-5)              0  0  1 – 1
Buffalo (3-4)                      0  2  1 — 3
First period
No scoring; Penalties – Elena Orlando (CT) hooking, 3:29
Second period
Buffalo 1, Jess Jones (Sarah Edney, Kourney Kunichika), 8:58; Buffalo 2, Kristin Lewicki (Jordan Ott, Corrine Buie), 9:44; Penalties – Jess Jones (B) body checking, 4:24; Kelly Babstock (CT), hooking, 17:55; Colleen Murphy (B) interference, 17:55
Third period
Connecticut 1, Amanda Boulier (Cydney Roesler, Emily Fluke), 3:46); Buffalo 3, Hayley Scamurra (Sarah Edney, Maddie Elia), empty net (power play); Penalties – Lisa Chesson (B) hooking, 6:39; Connecticut, too many men on ice, 18:50
Goalies: Connecticut, Sydney Rossman (L, 2-5), 28 shots, 26 saves; Buffalo, Amanda Leveille (W, 3-4), 38 shots, 37 saves
Shots: Connecticut 38 (8-11-19), Buffalo 29 (12-8-9)
Power play: Buffalo 1-3, Connecticut 0-4

National Women’s Hockey League

W-L-T Pts. GF GA
Metropolitan 7-0 14 33 11
Buffalo 3-4 6 20 25
Boston 2-4-1 5 18 22
Connecticut 2-5 4 11 24

Saturday, December 16
Metropolitan 4, Boston 2
Sunday, December 17
Buffalo 3, Connecticut 1

Saturday, December 30
South Korea at Connecticut Whale (Ingalls Arena, Yale), 7 p.m., exhibition

Saturday, January 6
Boston at Buffalo, 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 7
Connecticut at Metropolitan, 3 p.m.

Saturday, January 13
Team NWHL vs. U.S. national team at Wesley Chapel, Fla.
Sunday, January 14
Connecticut vs. Buffalo at Pittsburgh, 2 p.m.
Monday, January 15
Team NWHL vs. U.S. national team at Wesley Chapel, Fla.

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