The Connecticut Whale will clash with the Boston Pride at 9 p.m. ET Monday in Tampa in the Isobel Cup final.
The Premier Hockey Federation championship game will be broadcast on ESPN2, marking the first time ESPN has broadcast professional women’s hockey on its cable networks. The rest of the PHF’s games this season, including the first two rounds of the postseason, were broadcast on the ESPN+ streaming service.
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The Whale are appearing in their first Isobel Cup final and are the only one of the PHF’s four original teams never to have won the Cup. The Pride enter as defending champions and have won a league-leading two titles in their seven-year history.
Connecticut finished atop the regular-season standings and, after a first-round bye, beat the Minnesota Whitecaps 4-2 to advance to the final. The No. 3 seed Pride blanked the Buffalo Beauts 6-0 in Friday’s first round, then upset the No. 2 seed Toronto Six 5-1 in Sunday’s semifinals.
The New England Patriots complimented both teams on Twitter, as the Whale and the Pride fall within the NFL team’s home territory.
We'll take New England on this one!Good luck, @TheBostonPride & @CTWhaleHockey 🙌pic.twitter.com/zwrcwol7DJ— New England Patriots (@Patriots) March 28, 2022
We'll take New England on this one!Good luck, @TheBostonPride & @CTWhaleHockey 🙌pic.twitter.com/zwrcwol7DJ
Each player on the winning team Monday night will receive a $500 bonus, as long as they have appeared in at least 75 percent of the team’s regular season games or 50 percent of the playoff games. The MVP of the final will receive $1,000 in gift cards from Dick’s Sporting Goods.