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Stars of the NWHL final

Michelle Jay / NWHL

The Isobel Cup final was a wild send-off for the 2021 season. After a game where Boston Pride defeated the Minnesota Whitecaps 4-3, this is the second time the Pride won the Isobel Cup, making them the first team in the history of the NWHL to ever do so.

There were many great performances from that final game, so let’s take a look at a few of the stars who shone a little brighter.

Jillian Dempsey – Boston Pride

Jillian Dempsey’s puck handling and hand-eye coordination led to an impressive shot on goal with 4:55 left in the second period. Not only is Dempsey an important player for the Pride, but she is also an icon in the league. Lifting the Cup for the second time in her career, the Pride captain was named NWHL MVP for the second year in a row. This season she became the first player in NWHL history to reach 100 points, and was second-leading scorer. Dempsey put up two goals and an assist in the playoffs. She is the only player on Boston to have played on the Pride’s championship-winning team in 2016 when the Isobel Cup was raised for the first time.

Allie Thunstrom- Minnesota Whitecaps

Allie Thunstrom had an overall great game but stood out mostly in the first period. In the first seven minutes, she gave Minnesota the lead, putting her team ahead 1-0. Overall, Thunstrom finished the game with two goals and an assist, along with seven shots on goal and three takeaways. Thunstrom has a goal-scoring record. Last year in the 2019-2020 season, she set a scoring record with 24 goals in the NWHL, taking the title of the NWHL’s fastest skater. She also has four Nations Cups with the U.S. National Team.

Tereza Vanišová and Mary Parker – Boston Pride

Tereza Vanišová, a rookie, made a big impression in the first period, scoring the first goal for Boston off an offensive zone face-off. She also made an incredible assist to Mary Parker, who made a shot that squeezed through Amanda Levielle’s pads. Vanišová was 12th overall in the 2020 NWHL Draft. In the 2016-2017 season, Vanišová was named Hockey East Co-Rookie of the year. In November, Parker was named NWHL Player of the month. She knows how to work with the net and is always one step ahead of the play.

Christina Putigna – Boston Pride

Christina Putigna made two assists for Boston in the final, accumulating four points during the Pride’s two-game playoff weekend. Through the regular season earlier in the year, the 23-year-old recorded two goals and eight assists in eight games, following her success from 2019-2020 when she set the record for most points in a season by a Canadian in NWHL history with 29 points in 24 games.

Lexie Laing – Boston Pride

On the power play, Putigna was quick on the ice and made an incredible pass to Lexie Laing, who scored to make it 3-1. In her rookie season, she had 27 points from 12 goals and 15 assists. She went to Harvard for five years and finished her university career with 91 points in 130 games. She is currently earning a Master’s degree in Animals and Public Policy at Tufts University while still playing with the NWHL.

Taylor Wenczkowski- Boston Pride

With six minutes left in the third period, Taylor Wenczkowski scored on the power play giving Boston a two-goal lead at 4-2. After spending five years at the University of New Hampshire, Wenczkowski ended her university career with 82 points in 149 games. She was selected 18th overall in the 2020 NWHL Draft.

Meaghan Pezon – Minnesota Whitecaps

The Whitecaps played hard in the final game, and with 19 seconds in the third period, Pezon scored a goal making it 4-3. During her time at St. Cloud State Pezon scored 12 goals in three out of the four years she attended.

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