Today, the Minnesota Whitecaps and Buffalo Beauts faced off in a fight for the 2019 Isobel Cup. After a grueling battle that was pushed into overtime, the Minnesota Whitecaps, in their inaugural season with the NWHL. No matter the what outcome, it was going to be a historic game. For the Minnesota Whitecaps’ first Isobel cup or the Buffalo Beauts could have become the first team in NWHL history to win 2 championship titles. In the end, the Whitecaps pulled through :49 seconds into overtime to win the Isobel Cup.
In the first period, the Buffalo Beauts opened the scoring with a goal from Emily Pfalzer with 2:59 left in the first. Amy Menke of the Whitecaps answered a minute and 22 seconds later, tying the score at 1-1. The Beauts out-shot the Whitecaps 8-5.
The second remain scoreless despite the power play opportunities for each team. There were 4 penalties in total with 2 per team. The Whitecaps registered 13 shots on goal in this period while the Beauts had 8.
The third period was another scoreless but intense 20 minutes. With 1 penalty per team, the Whitecaps registered 11 shots on goal while the Beauts had 7. The game was pushed into overtime that did not last long.
Only 49 seconds into overtime, Katie McGovern won a clean face-off, sending the puck right to Lee Stecklein. Stecklein sent the puck towards the net and went 5-hole on Beaut’s goalie Nicole Hensley, sealing the Whitecaps first Isobel Cup.
This is the Whitecaps 1st Isobel Cup victory. It’s been a big year for women’s’ hockey. After Kendall Coyne Schofield’s amazing race, the Rivalry Series, and this Isobel Cup win, the world is looking a lot brighter for little girls with big hockey hearts.
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