WEEKEND PREVIEW 12/4-12/5: Pride v. Toronto Six
THE STORY COMING IN
The Boston Pride welcomes the undefeated Toronto Six to Boston for the first time this season and for the first time since the Isobel Cup playoffs back in March. In that game, the Pride took a 6-2 win with six different Boston skaters registering goals. The two teams are also separated by just one point atop the PHF standings.
PRIDE VS. SIX
Tonight's game is the first of 4 total meetings between the Pride and Six. In a preseason tune up at Falmouth Ice Arena, Boston came away victorious with a score of 2-1. The Pride will not see Toronto north of the border until mid-March.
VIEW FROM TORONTO
The Toronto Six have, for the most part, picked up where they left off in the Lake Placid bubble with a potent and well-balanced team. They have just one loss against the Pride since entering the PHF and have not lost yet this season. With reigning MVP Mikyla Grant-Mentis also leading the team once again in points, Toronto will have a new top line that has already proven deadly with Michela Cava and Shiann Darkangelo.
BOSTON GETS BLACK AND GOLD
Defender and Olympic gold medalist Kali Flanagan will join the Pride for the first time this season after spending the last two seasons in the PWHPA. The 26-year-old Burlington, MA native was originally the fifth overall draft pick of the Pride in 2018 after a great collegiate career at Boston College. She took gold medals in back to back years, winning the World Championships with Team USA in 2017 and earning top honors at the Olympics in 2018 following an unforgettable final against Canada. She will join the already-loaded Pride defense and wear her traditional number 6 jersey.
The PHF recently announced Toronto as the host city for the 2022 All-Star game in January. The showcase will feature an all-new format that eliminates the skills competition and introduces a round-robin style of games between three all-star teams. Each round-robin game will feature ten minutes of 5-on-5 action, five minutes of 3-on-3, and then a shootout. The team that finishes the round-robin showcase with the most goals scored throughout all segments of competition will be crowned the PHF All-Star champions. Boston hosted the last PHF All-Star game, with the Pride sending more stars to the game than any other team.
#21 Christina Putigna
"I'm looking forward to playing them. It's always a very competitive atmosphere, and they're a talented club. Coming out to us 3-0, obviously they're going to be buzzing but, us too, as a club are rolling and have had a great week of practices after a series win and leading up to this weekend. I think they're a top competitor in this league, and any time two top teams get to meet, it's always an exciting battle."