And Then There Were 4…

The tides have turned in the NWHL bubble. The Connecticut Whale, who were set to play against the Minnesota Whitecaps today, informed the league that they’re going home. This news came an hour before the Whale were set to drop the puck against the Whitecaps as they battled it out for the 2nd and 3rd seed in this tournament. It’s believed that the Whale were dealing with some positive COVID tests and that’s why they’re heading home.

Of every team in the NWHL, the Whale were the last team I wanted to see have their season ended like this. All season they’re fight has been not just for the Isobel Cup but for their captain Shannon Doyle. Doyle said back in June that this was her final tour with the NWHL and I absolutely hate to see her last season go down this way. The Whale worked so hard to get themselves into a great playoff position and now they’re heading home early. Absolutely terrible.

With the Whale’s departure, that means that the Pride and Beaut’s game was no longer “Win-or-go-home”. It ended with a staggering 7-1 Pride win and that’s not shocking after the clinic they pulled last night too. With the way the seeds line up, here’s what we’ll see Thursday:

Toronto Six (Seed 1) vs Buffalo Beauts (Seed 4) at 4:30 PM CT — NBCSNSports!

Minnesota Whitecaps (Seed 2) vs Boston Pride (Seed 3) at 7 PM CT — NBCSNSports! (Another 2020 Isobel Cup Final That Never Was Rematch)

Then Friday we’ll have that Isobel Cup Final at 6 PM CT. This Bubble has been a bumpy road but that Isobel Cup is hanging in the distance and I can’t wait to see it raised again. I am of course rooting for my Whitecaps the whole way but irregardless, I’m excited to see these girls play on TV.

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