STAMFORD, March 10 – Buffalo Beauts forward Sarah Edney scored two goals and the defending National Women’s Hockey League champion Beauts scored three goals in the second period to beat the Connecticut Whale, 4-1 Saturday night in the final home game of the season for the Whale at the Terry Connors Rink.
The victory gives Buffalo (12-4) their tenth straight victory – the second longest streak in NWHL history. The Riveters won 11 straight a year ago. The Beauts will be the No. 2 seed in next weekend’s Isobel Cup playoffs and host Boston. Connecticut (3-11-2) will travel to Newark, N.J. to face the top seeded Metropolitan Riveters.
The Whale have lost three straight and 10 of their last 11 games. Three wins and 26 goals scored are single season franchise lows for Connecticut.
Connecticut did take a 1-0 lead on a first period goal from Amanda Boulier with 9:07 left in the period off an assist from rookie Sam Donovan – her first point as a professional – and Emma Greco. Donovan, who played at Brown this winter, joined the team on March 3 after her collegiate season came to an end.
Donovan came close to her first goal, getting a shot past Buffalo goalie Amanda Leville but the goal was disallowed for goaltender interference.
Buffalo got some help to tie the game at 1-1 when Whale defender Cydney Roesler mistakenly deflected a pass past Connecticut goalie Sydney Rossman. The power play goal was credited to Edney.
Ninety seconds later, Buffalo rookie Jordan Juron scored to give Buffalo a 2-1 lead with her first NWHL goal. The Beauts stretched the lead to 3-1 with rookie Hayley Scamurra scored her 11th goal of the season. She is Buffalo’s leading scorer.
The Whale took a season-high 33 shots on net but Buffalo goalie Amanda Leville was up to the task, making 32 stops in net.
Buffalo 4, Connecticut 1
Buffalo (12-4) 0 3 1 — 4
Connecticut (3-11-2) 1 0 0 — 1
Connecticut 1, Amanda Boulier (Emma Greco, Sam Donovan), 10:53; Penalties: Grace Kleinbach (CT) high sticking; Juana Baribeau (CT) cross checking, 15:43
Buffalo 1, Sarah Edney (Jess Jones, Kaylyn Schroka), 6:02 (pp); Buffalo 2, Jordan Juron (Jacquie Greco, Taylor Accursi), 7:28; Buffalo 3, Haley Scamurra (Maddie Elia), 15:15; Penalties: Emma Greco (CT) delay of game, 4:17; Sarah Casorso (B) interference, 15:45; Hayley Scamurra (B) body checking, 16:50
Buffalo 4, Sarah Edney, 19:28 (empty net); Penalties: Kelly Babstock (CT) body checking, 11:31; Kourtney Kunichika (B), intereference, 12:33
Shots: Buffalo 22 (4-11-7), Connecticut 33 (9-11-13)
Power play: Buffalo 1-4, Connecticut 0-3
Goalie: Connecticut, Sydney Rossman (L, 3-11-2) 21 shots, 18 saves; Buffalo, Amanda Leveille (W, 12-4) 33 shots, 32 saves