The Minnesota Whitecaps started their 2021-22 season this weekend — sadly it started with back-to-back losses to the Boston Pride. Last season ended with the Whitecaps losing the Isobel Cup to the Boston Pride in the Final. Now, we started the season with 2 re-matches and the Whitecaps lost both of those.
Let’s start with game one. Saturday started wobbly for the Caps. The Whitecaps went scoreless through the first two periods while the Pride scored 4 goals in that time. Jonna Curtis turned on the jets and finally got the Whitecaps on the board 3:47 into the final frame with this beauty:
A minute later the Pride added another. In the end, the Whitecaps would put up another 3 goals but Boston wasn’t letting them get this easily. The game ended 4-6 in favor of the Pride. Allie Thunstrom was working her tail off, per usual, to keep the Caps in this game – she had a 3 point (2G 1A) night. Amanda Leveille did her best for the season start against the Pride, stopping 28 of 34 shots.
That’s fine, it’s the defending Isobel Cup Champs in the first game of the season, just come back and try better tomorrow, yeah?
Well, no. That’s not what happened.
Game 2 saw another L for the Whitecaps. This time the Whitecaps were shutout and the Pride got just one goal off them. It was a shorthanded goal in the early second period. Who else but McKenna Brand and Jillian Dempsey teaming up to get their team a great goal and tiebreaker.
Katie Burt, the Pride’s goalie in her PHF return, stopped all 27 Whitecap shots. She’s always been phenomenal so makes sense she shook off all the off-season rust like it was nothing. On the other end of the ice, I think Leveille did kickass in her own right for the second night in a row. She stopped 35 of the 36 shots she faced. We all know how relentless the Prides’ offense could be so good on Lev for keeping with them.
Overall, two tough losses to start the year BUT it is the start of the year. The Whitecaps are off until November 20th and 21st when they’ll face the Pride again. The Pride, however, are not off. They’ll be playing the Whale twice next weekend before coming back to play the Whitecaps again. This could be good for the Whitecaps. They have time to really dig in and prepare for the next two games, get the Pride right back. They can’t start the season with 4 losses so it’s time to get the wheels on the bus and kick some lion-pack ass.
Roll caps, babes.
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