Friday night at 7 p.m. an extremely unique hockey game will start in Albany, NY.
As part of the Aurora Games, an all-women’s multi-sports and entertainment festival, a team of players from the US and Canada (Team Americas) will face off against players from around the world (Team World).
Team Americas will be lead by Digit Murphy, an advisory board member of the Aurora Games while Sarah Murray will lead Team Worlds. Both sides tout huge names with numerous Olympians lacing them up.
The unique factor comes in with the addition of a two-point line. Any goals scored from beyond an arc that starts at the hashmarks and touches the top of each circle but not the blue line will count as double.
This addition will be especially interesting for the hard shooting defenders, like two-time NWHL Hardest Shot winner Blake Bolden. Molly Engstrom and Kali Flannigan are sure to bring the fire power on Team Americas while look for Annina Rajahuhta (Finland), Jessica Wong (China), and Akane Hosoyamada (Japan) on Team Worlds. Say a little prayer for the goaltenders.
The puck drops at 7 p.m. eastern, and if you can’t make it to Albany, you can watch on ESPN 3.
Aurora Game Rosters
|Team Americas||Team World|
|Amanda Pelkey (U.S.)||Aina Mizukami (Japan)|
|Blake Bolden (U.S.)||Akane Hosoyamada (Japan)|
|Brooke Webster (Canada)||Alexandra Vafina (Russia)|
|Dana Trivigno (U.S.)||Annina Rajahuhta (Finland)|
|Emily Janiga (U.S.)||Emma Woods (Canada)|
|Emma Woods (Canada)||Haruka Toko (Japan)|
|Haley Skarupa (U.S)||Isa Rahunen (Finland)|
|Hannah Brandt (U.S.)||Jennifer Harss (Germany)|
|Kali Flanagan (U.S.)||Jessica Wong (China)|
|Katie Burt (U.S.)||Katerina Mrazova (Czech Republic)|
|Lauren Dahm (U.S.)||Klara Peslarova (Czech Republic)|
|Molly Engstrom (U.S.)||Lara Stalder (Switzerland)|
|Morgan Stacey (U.S)||Maddie Woo (China)|
|Shiann Darkangelo (U.S.)||Rachel Llanes (China)|
|Taylor Marchin (U.S.)||Rebecca Stenberg (Sweden)|
|Tori Hickel (U.S.)||Susanna Tapani (Finland)|
|Zoe Hickel (U.S.)||Venla Hovi (Finland)|
|Yuka Hirano (Japan)|
|Digit Murphy (U.S.) - Coach||Sarah Murray (South Korea) - Coach|