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Undefeated Whale travel to Boston for Sunday game

Connecticut's Jordan Brickner (26) tries to move up ice away from New York's Janine Weber (12)

Connecticut’s Jordan Brickner (26) and the Whale take on the Pride Sunday in Boston at 3 p.m.

BOSTON – The only undefeated team left in the National Women’s Hockey League takes on the team that was the preseason favorite to win the league championship on Sunday.

The Connecticut Whale (5-0) travels to Harvard’s Bright Landry Hockey Center for a 3 p.m. match against the Boston Pride (3-2). The game will be televised regionally on NESN and across the country on ESPN3, the online network of ESPN.

The Pride assembled a virtual All-Star team with U.S. Olympians Hilary Knight, Gigi Martin, Brianna Decker and Kacey Bellamy. But Boston has lost two straight games to New York after winning their first three contests. The Whale, who coughed up a five-goal lead a week ago against Buffalo but prevailed 7-6 in a shootout, are led by Olympian Kelli Stack.

It’s the first game for Connecticut against Boston. Their previous four games were against New York and Buffalo.

Decker and Knight are Boston’s top scorers with nine points each. Decker had five goals and four assists while Knights has four goals and five assists in the first five games of the campaign.

For Connecticut, defenseman Kaleigh Franklin leads the Whale with 10 points (four goals, six assists). Stack (2 goals, 4 assists, 6 points) and forward Kelly Babstock (4-2, 6) have been big scorers along with defenseman Jordan Brickner with five assists on the season.

The game is the final game of a five-week road trip for the Whale, who return home to Chelesa Pier in Stamford on Sunday, Dec. 6, to host Buffalo at 4:30 p.m.

NWHL standings
                                          W L     SL    Pts
Connecticut                        5-0      0      10
Boston                                3-2      0      6
New York                            2-3      0      4
Buffalo                                0-5      1      1
Sunday, November 21
Connecticut 7, Buffalo 6, shootout
New York 3, Boston 2
Sunday, November 28
Connecticut at Boston, 3
Buffalo at New York, 7

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