CHULI, SIX SHUT OUT BUFFALO
Despite getting five power play chances, Buffalo couldn’t solve Elaine Chuli on Saturday afternoon, falling 3-0 to the Toronto Six.
Lovisa Berndtsson kept the game close, stopping 29 shots in the loss. Chuli made 26 saves for the shutout.
Neither team struck in the opening frame, though not for lack of trying. Buffalo had three power play opportunities and Toronto also had a chance on the PP, but both penalty kills were perfect, sending the teams into the first intermission tied up at 0-0.
The Six got on the board first in the middle frame. Just over six minutes into the period, Lindsay Eastwood sent a long pass up the ice to a waiting Shiann Darkangelo, who skated in on Berndtsson and picked the top right corner to make it 1-0 Toronto.
It was Darkangelo again that doubled the Six’s lead 10 minutes later, picking up a pass from Michela Cava and scoring in the slot to make it 2-0.
Buffalo’s penalty kill was kept busy in the middle stanza, successfully killing off a pair of penalties and getting back to work early in the third, staving off Toronto’s power play once again.
The visitors had a couple more chances to cash in on the power play in the final frame and pulled Berndtsson late to get an extra attacker on the ice, but still couldn’t get past Chuli.
Cava scored an empty-net goal with 13 seconds left on the clock to secure the win for Toronto.
The Beauts will have a chance to get even on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. EST.
About the Buffalo Beauts
The Buffalo Beauts are a professional women's ice hockey team based in Buffalo, New York and competing in the Premier Hockey Federation (formerly the National Women’s Hockey League). The Beauts are one of the Founding Four teams that stepped on the ice in 2015 and the 2017 Isobel Cup Champions. The team is owned and operated by NLTT Hockey Ventures. Visit beauts.nwhl.zone to learn more.
About the Premier Hockey Federation (PHF)
The PHF is the leading home of professional women’s hockey in North America. Established in 2015 as the National Women’s Hockey League, the NWHL rebranded to become the PHF in 2021 and maintains the mission to provide strong role models and fuel the continued growth of the sport. The league is made up of the Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale, Metropolitan Riveters, Minnesota Whitecaps, Montreal Force and the Toronto Six who all compete annually for the Isobel Cup.