CORINNE SCHROEDER SHUTS OUT BEAUTS AT HOME
Despite holding the Pride off the scoreboard for a period and change, the Beauts couldn’t solve Corinne Schroeder in a 3-0 loss on Saturday.
The PHF November Player of the Month stopped all 25 shots the Beauts fired at her to earn her fourth shutout this year, setting a new PHF record for shutouts in a season in the process. Beauts goalie Kassidy Sauvé made her Buffalo debut at the other end of the ice, stopping 38 shots in the loss.
Buffalo went toe-to-toe with Boston in the opening period. Though Boston had the edge in shots 13-9, Sauvé made big saves when she needed to and kept them scoreless. Neither team took any penalties or scored any goals, and went into the first period tied 0-0.
The Beauts got into penalty trouble in the second period. With Michaela Boyle in the box for elbowing, the Boston power play went to work. Kaleigh Fratkin sent a pass over to McKenna Brand, who let a laser go from the right face-off dot. Taylor House tipped Brand’s shot past Sauvé to give the Pride a 1-0 lead just over six minutes into the middle frame.
The home team took two more penalties in the second with Mikyla Grant-Mentis sitting for boarding and Autumn MacDougall serving a too many skaters penalty. The Beauts managed to kill them both off, but with the clock winding down in the second, Boston struck again. Pride captain Jillian Dempsey darted in and sniped a buzzer beater goal with just six seconds left in the period to give the Pride a 2-0 lead heading into the second intermission.
Buffalo had three power play opportunities in the third period, but couldn’t solve Boston’s penalty kill or Schroeder on any of them. Beauts head coach Rhea Coad used an aggressive strategy to try and close the gap, pulling their goalie with over 4:30 left in the third period, but Allie Thunstrom scored an empty-net goal to seal the win for Boston with just over three and a half minutes remaining in the game.
The Beauts will get their chance at revenge on Sunday afternoon. The puck will drop on the second game at 1 pm EST at Northtown Center.
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.