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Boston Pride rides momentum from Lake Placid into Isobel Cup championships

Michelle Jay / NWHL

BOSTON, Mass. — The Boston Pride are headed to the Isobel Cup championship for the second year in a row after defeating the Toronto Six 6-2 in the NWHL semi-final at Warrior Ice Arena on Friday.

The team now has a combined 19 goals in their last three games after leaving Lake Placid, N.Y. with 7-1 and 6-0 wins over the Buffalo Beauts.

The nearly-two-month break wasn’t about to get in the way of their momentum.

“Tonight was a combination of the hard work they’ve put in for the last six months,” said Boston Head Coach Paul Mara. “But it’s not over. Tonight was one game and the prize is tomorrow night.”

Tereza Vanisova put the first goal on the board against the Six later in the first period, sliding the puck right under Elaine Chuli’s pad after a pass in front of the net from Mary Parker.

Seconds later Jillian Dempsey tapped in a second, assisted by Christina Putigna.

The third goal came early in the second period when Mallory Souliotis blasted the puck from the blue line, quickly followed by a flurry in front of Toronto’s net that resulted in a fourth goal for the Pride, buried by McKenna Brand.

Even with a 4-1 lead, the Pride decided they weren’t done yet. Sammy Davis fired a shot from wide between Chuli’s legs four minutes into the third period, and Parker recorded a second point for herself with a goal at the eight-minute mark.

Depth is their strength as the Pride saw multi-point performances from Parker, Dempsey, Brand, Putigna and Vanisova.

The Pride came into this season with a high bar set after going nearly undefeated in 2019-2020.  They’re currently at a 4-4 record for this season as they head into the Isobel Cup final.

The Six, on the other hand, headed into the semi-finals with a season record of 4-2, and had been the favourites to win the Isobel Cup.

Their defence might have needed more organization against Boston, but their offence came out explosive. They just weren’t able to capitalize on their chances.

Toronto wouldn’t let the first period end without responding to Boston’s two goals. With four minutes left in the first period Breanne Wilson-Bennett scored the first goal for the Six.

Down 6-1 nearing the end of the third period, NWHL leading scorer Mikyla Grant-Mentis was able to add another goal for Toronto.

The first period had a slow start as both teams’ players shook off their rust. The Six was the first to find their momentum in the latter 10 minutes of the period, even producing a close shot that Selander managed to save with a piece of her glove.

The Pride was quick to respond with two goals, and made sure to keep the same energy into the second period, when they buried two more goals and Meaghan Rickard almost got a fifth on a breakaway.

Through the third period the Pride had fallen well into their rhythm, preventing the Six from being able to get anything going.

The Pride will play in the Isobel Cup championship at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday at Warrior Ice Arena.

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