Boston vs. Minnesota Weekend Preview

by PRIDE MEDIA

THE STORY COMING IN

The Pride will get their longest road trip of the season out of the way as they visit Minnesota for their third game against the Minnesota Whitecaps in as many weeks this season. Boston swept Minnesota in their first-weekend matchup with scores of 6-4 and 1-0. At the conclusion of this weekend, the Whitecaps’ last five games will have all been against Boston. The Pride sit in first place in the PHF standings with eight points while the Whitecaps are currently in the basement with none. 

VIEW FROM MINNESOTA

The Whitecaps got time to regroup and reassess their game strategy with a bye week this last week while the Pride played a series against the Connecticut Whale. While lines and game tactics may change, Allie Thunstrum will not be one to slow down. She’s scored in four of her last six games against the Pride, with three of those four being multi-goal games. Thunstrum and former Pride defender Taylor Tunquist are the only two-point-per-game players currently in Minnesota. They’ll also need another top-notch game from goaltender Amanda Leveille. November 6th marked just the third time in the last two years she’s given up more than four goals in a game. 

SCOTTY, WE NEED MORE POWER!

At the beginning of the pre-season, Pride head coach Paul Mara was very excited about what his team was showing on special teams and how effectively they could put the puck in the back of the net. While Boston hasn’t had much trouble at even strength with an average of three goals per game, they have not effectively capitalized on their skater advantages. So far this season, Boston has received the most power-play opportunities in the PHF with 17, but they’ve scored only once. On the penalty killing end, the Pride have also allowed the most power-play goals with three in their opening two weekends.

A HOT PLATE OF PUTIGN(A):

Christina Putigna has been an offensive force ever since coming into the PHF in 2019. That year, she set a new league record for points scored in a single season by a Canadian skater. In the bubble, Putigna tallied points in all but one game. Although she didn’t end up on the score sheet in either of this season’s first two games, Putigna netted the tying goal with just 40 seconds left and then the overtime winner against the Whale on November 13th. She also hasn’t been afraid to deliver some chirps or shoves when people have come against her or her linemates.

QUOTES FROM THE PLAYERS:

From defender Jenna Rheault:

“I’m expecting the series to be similar to our last series. Whenever we play Minnesota, both teams always play at such a quick pace. They’re a great team so we can’t give them time to settle in. We need to stick to our game by doing the simple things and playing hard for all 60 minutes. It’s always an exciting game from start to finish”

 

THE NUMBERS:

2021-2022 RECORD:

BOS: 3-1-0, MIN: 0-2-0

PP:

BOS: 1-17 (5.9%), MIN: 1-7 (14.3%)

PK:

BOS: 10-13 (76.9%), MIN: 7-8 (87.5%)

POINT LEADERS:

BOS: Brand (2G, 2A), MIN: Thunstrum (2G, 1A)

GOALTENDING LEADERS:

BOS: Burt (2-0-0, 1.46 GAA, .951 SV%), MIN: Leveille (0-2-0, 3.50 GAA, .900 SV%)

 QUICK HITS

With a goal scored late against the Whale on November 14th, the Pride continued their streak of having not been shut out by an opponent since March of 2019....Taylor Wenczkowski is now on a multi-game point streak for the first time in her PHF career...Ten players from the Pride already have multiple points this season, and every skater but two on the roster have registered at least one point.