The Isobel Cup final is set, with the Connecticut Whale set to take on the Boston Pride on Monday night.
It will be the first Isobel Cup final for the Whale, who remain the only of the PHF’s original four teams not to have won the Cup. They will face off against the Pride, who have the most Cups of any team with two.
The best team out of the regular season, the Whale continued their winning ways on Sunday, taking a 4-2 win over the Minnesota Whitecaps in the semifinals and successfully avenging a semifinal loss from last year’s playoffs.
After a scoreless first period, Whale forward Kennedy Marchment opened up the scoring. She was the regular-season leader in points (33) and assists (22) and finished Sunday night with a game-high nine shots, scoring the one goal and adding an assist.
Minnesota’s Allie Thunstrom – who led the PHF in goals during the regular season with 18 – got one back to tie it 5:06 into the second period. The two teams would once again trade goals, with Connecticut’s Janine Weber securing a 2-1 lead before Minnesota’s Ashleigh Brykaliuk took advantage of a power play to tie it at 2-2.
The Whale would notch two more in the second to help secure the win before another scoreless period in the third.
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“It’s just an exciting feeling,” Whale coach Colton Orr said of the team’s first Cup final. “It’s a special group here. … And we know we have some unfinished business to go, so we’re enjoying it now.”
It’s the third straight season in which the Pride have advanced to the Cup final after the team defeated the Toronto Six 5-1 in the semifinals.
During the regular season, Connecticut dropped its first meeting with Boston but responded by taking the next three and the season series and outscoring Boston 12-4 in those wins.
The Isobel Cup final will take place at 9 p.m. ET Monday on ESPN2.