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Whale shutout Buffalo in Milford for fifth win

Connecticut goalie Abbie Ives made 17 saves to earn her second shutout of the season as the Whale blanked Buffalo, 3-0, on Tuesday in Milford.

Connecticut Whale goalie Abbie Ives stopped 17 shots to secure her second shutout of the season as the Whale shutout the Buffalo Beauts, 3-0, in Premier Hockey Federation play at the Milford Ice Arena.

It was the first contest of a mid-week, two-game series between the two PHF teams. Game two is Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. in Simsbury at the International Skating Center of Connecticut. These are makeup games for a pair of games on November 19-20 that were postponed due to snow in the Buffalo region that made it unsafe for the Beauts to travel.

Katerina Mrazova had a goal and an assist as the Whale improved to 5-5-1 on the season. Justine Reyes and Kennedy Marchment also had goals for Connecticut. The Whale have beaten Buffalo in six straight games dating back to 2021 campaign.

Reyes gave the Whale an early 1-0 lead, redirecting a shot from Mrazova into the net. Marchment scored her team-leading ninth goal of the season, tapping in a pass from Girard (team-high 10th assist) that was set up by captain Shannon Turner for a 2-0 lead.

Mrazova scored her sixth goal of the season, grabbing a rink-long pass from Tori Howran to make it 3-0.

Buffalo head coach Rhea Coad served the second game of her two-game suspension due to a game misconduct in Buffalo’s loss to Boston on Saturday night.

Connecticut 3, Buffalo 0
At Milford
Buffalo (1-8-2)                 0  0  0  — 0
Connecticut (5-5-1)         0  1  2  — 3
First period
No scoring; Penalties: Janine Weber (CT) interference, 6:38
Second period
Connecticut 1, Justine Reyes (Katerina Mrazova), 7:47; Penalties: Mikyla Grant-Mentis (B) cross-checking, 11:31; Grace Klienbach (B), tripping, 16:38
Third period
Connecticut 2, Kennedy Marchment (Taylor Girard, Shannon Turner), 1:08; Connecticut 3, Katerina Mrazova (Tori Howran), 17:02; Penalties: Hannah Bates (CT), roughing, 1:32; Summer-Rae Dobson (B), slashing, 2:54; Tori Howran (CT) interference, 3:11; Taylor Girard (CT), interference, 9:26
Shots: Buffalo 17 (5-5-7), Connecticut 31 (11-12-8); Power plays: Buffalo 0-4, Connecticut 0-3; Saves: Lovisa Berndtsson (B) 28 saves (L, 0-5); Abbie Ives (CT) 17 saves (W, 3-3)

Premier Hockey Federation
Standings as of January 17, 2023

Boston 11-2-0 30 8 3 0 52-28
Toronto 9-1-2 27 7 1 1 43-31
Minnesota 8-4-2 26 8 0 0 42-35
Connecticut 5-5-1 16 5 0 0 34-32
Montreal 5-5-1 14 3 0 2 33-34
Metropolitan 4-10-0 11 3 0 1 31-51
Buffalo 1-8-2 5 1 0 0 22-46
Tuesday’s result
Connecticut 3, Buffalo 0
Wednesday’s game
Buffalo at Connecticut (Simsbury), 7:30 p.m.
Saturday’s games
Connecticut at Toronto, 2 p.m.
Boston at Montreal, 3 p.m.
Metropolitan at Buffalo, 7 p.m.
Saturday’s games
Connecticut at Toronto, 2 p.m.
Boston at Montreal, 1 p.m.
Metropolitan at Buffalo, 1 p.m.
Teams earn 3 points for a win in regulation and 2 points for a win in OT or shootout. Teams earn 1 point for a loss in OT or the shootout.


Gerry deSimas, Jr., is the editor and founder of The Collinsville Press. He is an award-winning writer and has been covering sports in Connecticut and New England for more than 40 years. He was inducted into the New England High School Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2018.

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