The National Women’s Hockey League opened its fifth season this weekend
The National Women’s Hockey League opened its fifth season on Saturday and Phil Zolla and Capture the Moment photography were down at the Danbury Arena with my4one2 keeping our #Hockey fans #LockedIN.
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A Beauts roster almost exclusively consisting of new players came together for a 3-1 win over the Whale on Saturday afternoon.
Lenka Čurmová opened the scoring with a power play goal, scored shortly after Jordan Brickner was sent off for holding. Čurmová’s shot from outside of the faceoff circle to goaltender Sonjia Shelly’s left made it through a crowd and hit the back of the net to give the Beauts a 1-0 lead. Captain Corinne Buie and alternate captain Marie-Jo Pelletier recorded assists.
The Whale had multiple power play opportunities in the first period, but the Beauts limited their chances and Mariah Fujimagari was strong in net to keep it scoreless. Taylor Accursi was served three different minor penalties over the course of the first period, something the Beauts will certainly look to limit in the future.
Finally, Connecticut got Fujimagari to move, and midway through the second period, Grace Klienbach found her way to scoring the equalizer. Sarah Hughson and Elena Orlando were credited with assists.
The game remained locked at one until nearly the end. With 3:08 remaining in regulation, Brooke Stacey used her speed and scored on a breakaway to break the tie and regain the lead for the Beauts. Ashley Birdsall and Iveta Klimášová both recorded their first NWHL points with assists.
Buie potted an empty-netter in the dying seconds of the game to seal the victory. Fujimagari recorded 29 saves in the win, while Shelly stopped 13 of 15 faced.