It has been a season of up and downs for the newly-named Premier Hockey Federation and all of it ended in AdventHealth Center Ice in Wesley Chapel, Florida. In a final matchup between the Connecticut Whales and the Boston Pride, the Pride beat the Whale 4-2 for a back-to-back Isobel Cup and their third in franchise history.
The game started a day after the semifinals. The first-seeded Whales defeated the Minnesota Whitecaps 4-2 and the Pride defeated the second-seeded team, Toronto Six 5-1. The finals were set to start in the practice rink of the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The game started in the Pride’s favour with former Boston Blades and Harvard graduate, Jillian Dempsey with an assist from another Harvard graduate, Mary Parker. With a 1-0 lead for most of the first period, the Whale finally tied the game up with former Division III, Norwich Cadets’ forward Amanda Conway.
The second period was a battle of the goalies. In the opening minute former Lindenwood and Quinnipiac forward Taylor Girard gave the Whale their first lead of the game. However, the stars of the second period were the goalies, Katie Burt and Abbie Ives. Both goalies saved 14 shots on the net and kept the score as it was for 19 minutes of both teams relentlessly attacking. But because of the performance of both goalies, the score stayed put for the last 19 minutes of the period.
In the third period, the Pride showcased why hockey is played in sixty minutes. Down by one, the Pride scored twice in 17 seconds to gain the lead for most of the third. Switzerland’s Evelina Raselli scored the first goal, six minutes in to tie the game. With the momentum going, former University of New Hampshire captain Taylor Wenczkowski scored the game-winning goal.
The last period was a fight for both teams but in the final minutes, an empty-net goal from University of New Hampshire alumni Jenna Rheault. It was enough to allow the Pride to earn their third Isobel Cup. With that, the 2021-22 season came to a close with one of the most memorable seasons for the PHF and women’s hockey.
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