The third week of PHF action saw a full slate of games, with every team playing a two-game series. It was harder to pick out the best goals of the weekend, but these are the ones you surely don’t want to miss.
First, the Connecticut Whale visited the Toronto Six, on Saturday, for the first official home game in Canada in PHF history. The Whale started the scoring, going up 1-0 but the Six turned around with five unanswered goals and it all started with this one from Michela Cava.
Michela Cava rips it short side and pulls the Six back to even! pic.twitter.com/LxEtn6npAv— PHF (@PHF) November 20, 2021
Cava added another goal to her tally in that game, but made history with this one as the first Six goal on Canadian soil.
The Beauts headed to Newark later in the day to take on the Riveters in their return to Barnabas Health Hockey House, their home rink during the 2017-18 season when they won their first Isobel Cup.
After Cassidy MacPherson was issued a game misconduct penalty, the Riveters scored three goals in less than 3 minutes during the second period. Dominique Kremer opened the scoring for the Beauts with this shot, defying all laws of physics to make it’s way to the back of the net.
KREMER WITH THE BACKHAND TOP SHELF BEAUTY pic.twitter.com/3A8uWo2hOS— PHF (@PHF) November 20, 2021
Buffalo managed to tie it up before the end of regulation, forcing overtime which Cassidy Vinkle took into her own hands with this unforgettable trickle in shot.
Vinkle with the silky smooth dangle to give Buffalo their first win of the season! pic.twitter.com/aTXc0qztAp— PHF (@PHF) November 20, 2021
This gave the Beauts their first win of the season before we headed to Minnesota to see the Boston Pride take on the Whitecaps at TRIA rink for the first time in over a year. This was a low scoring game that turned into much more of a goalie battle than a scoring battle. (Is anyone shocked with Amanda Leveille and Katie Burt in net?)
Jonna Curtis had the only two goals of the game, helping Leveille who shutout Boston for the first time since January of 2019. Curtis’ first goal of the game, though, was the most impactful and impressive of the entire day, in my opinion.
Not only did she score here after shrugging off Kaleigh Fratkin, one of the league’s best defenders, but she also drew a penalty sending Fratkin to the penalty box. She followed this up with a late empty net goal to secure the win.
The following day, the same matchups played out, beginning with the Whale in Toronto again.
Mikyla Grant-Mentis scored the ultimate game winner here with a nice water bottle pop (which I think should count for two points, but that’s just me). The Whale eventually scored two goals but it wasn’t enough and they were swept in Toronto.
MGM just casually poppin' water bottles 🔥 pic.twitter.com/IUPC9iyiYy— PHF (@PHF) November 21, 2021
Next, the Riveters hosted the Beauts attempting to split the weekend series with them. With a two-goal game by captain Madison Packer, they did just that. This shorthanded goal by Packer lit the fire for them to get the win, 5-3.
MADISON PACKER AGAIN 😮💨 pic.twitter.com/IyLwrnKTTD— PHF (@PHF) November 21, 2021
Finally, it was a goalie battle in Minnesota again between Amanda Leveille and Victoria Hanson, but Amanda Boulier got the OT winner with this shot against her former team to claim a win for Boston as they split the weekend in Minnesota.
Boulier scores the OT winner against her former team! pic.twitter.com/Ubcrp7nu8q— PHF (@PHF) November 21, 2021
The PHF will take an American Thanksgiving break next weekend, but will be back in action December 4, with the Whitecaps taking on Connecticut and Toronto traveling to Boston to meet the Pride.