For the second time in as many seasons, the Boston Pride are the Isobel Cup champions. They took down the Connecticut Whale 4-2 in the final Monday night.
It’s the first time in Premier Hockey Federation history that a team has been crowned Isobel Cup champions in back-to-back seasons.
Down 2-1 headed into the third period, the Pride rallied with three goals in the period to secure the Cup. Evelina Raselli scored the equalizer at 6:39 of the third period before Taylor Wenczkowski notched one more to put Boston ahead for good. An empty netter scored by Jenna Rheault with 1:32 left to play iced the victory.
In total, the Pride scored three times on four shots in the third period.
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For her efforts, Wenczkowski was named the MVP of the Isobel Cup playoffs. In addition to helping secure the Cup win, Wenczkowski scored the game-winner in the semifinals to send the Pride back to the championship game.
“Every day, we’re like, she’s [Wenczkowski] right on that cusp of breaking out to be one of the elite players in our league, in this country,” said Pride coach Paul Mara postgame. “She’s an awesome kid, awesome player, awesome competitor, and we’re really proud of her for what she’s done for us.”
After the Pride took a 1-0 lead in the first period thanks to a goal from captain Jillian Dempsey, Amanda Conway got one on the board for the Whale to tie things up. Taylor Girard would score the other Connecticut goal in the second period.
With the loss, the Whale remain the only original PHF team to have not won a Cup.
“This is gonna hurt, and hurt for a while, but when we look back at this season at some point the memories we made were amazing,” said Whale head coach Colton Orr. “The most memorable hockey season of my life.”