STAMFORD, Dec. 27 – The winning streak is over. For the first time in National Women’s Hockey League history, the Connecticut Whale have been beaten.
Emily Field’s goal with 4:15 left in the third period helped the Boston Pride end Connecticut’s eight-game winning streak with a 2-1 victory Sunday and drew the Pride to within two points of the top spot in the NWHL standings.
Brittany Ott, fresh off the league’s first shutout last Sunday made 33 saves on 34 shots for Boston (7-3). Nicole Stock made 26 saves for the Whale, now 8-1, in the loss. Connecticut had won their first eight games to open the season, including three wins in a shootout.
Kelly Cooke opened the scoring giving Boston a 1-0 first period lead. Connecticut’s Kate Buesser tied the game eight minutes into the third period on the power play after Marissa Gedman was called for roughing.
Boston managed to pick up the victory despite only dressing 12 skaters, including general manager Hayley Moore, who signed a one-day contract.
Several members of the Boston squad, including Hilary Knight, Brianna Decker and Gigi Marvin are among the 37 players currently participating in a USA Hockey world championships selection and training camp from Sunday to Friday in Blaine, Minnesota. Connecticut forwards Kelli Stack and Shiann Darkangelo, who had two goals in Connecticut’s win over New York two weeks ago on Dec. 13, also missed the game to attend the camp.
Boston 2, Connecticut 1
Boston (7-3) 1 0 1 — 2
Connecticut (8-1) 0 0 1 — 1
Boston 1, Kelly Cooke (Blake Bolden, 15:45; Penalties – none
Penalties – Boston (Marissa Gedman) hooking, 2:26; Connecticut (Danielle Ward), tripping, 5:01
Connecticut 1, Kate Buesser (Sam Faber, Jessica Koizumi) 8:30 (pp); Boston 2, Emily Field (Corrine Buie), 13:40; Penalties – Boston (Gedman), roughing, 7:50; Connecticut (Koizumi), tripping
Shots on goal – Connecticut 34 (8-17-9), Boston 28 (8-9-11)
Goalies – -Brittany Ott, Boston 34 shots, 33 saves; Nicole Stock, Connecticut, 28 shots, 26 saves
W-L-T OL Pts,
Connecticut 8-1-0 0 16
Boston 7-3-0 0 14
New York 3-5-1 1 7
Buffalo 1-7-2 2 4
Sunday, Dec. 27
New York 7, Buffalo 3
Boston 2, Connecticut 1
Sunday, Jan. 3
Buffalo at Boston, 3 p.m.
Connecticut at New York, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 9
New York vs. Connecticut at Yale’s Ingalls Arena, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 10
New York at Boston, 3 p.m.
Buffalo at Connecticut, 6 p.m.