PWHL Toronto scored their first home win of the season while simultaneously holding New York scoreless for the first time.
After six days off, New York was back in action. New York found themselves back in the loss column after a lackluster performance against Toronto. The team spent the majority of the game in the defensive zone. They struggled to clear the puck or force a giveaway. New York was outshot with a season-low 19-30.
New York has now been limited to 19 shots in back-to-back games. Before these last two games, New York had been generating north of 25 shots. Is it a matter of coincidence or is New York hitting that first bump in the road?
The offense has never been a question for New York. They came out of the gate firing on all cylinders. Even if they weren't winning, they were still able to generate successful scoring opportunities.
Jessie Eldridge leads the team with four goals and has been nearly a point-per-game player this season. Her five-game point streak was snapped Friday night along with her four-goal streak.
Alex Carpenter who was projected to be one of the top scorers is right behind Eldridge with three goals. Jade Downie-Landry is tied for second-most goals with Alex Carpenter.
Toronto Exposes New York
New York was outplayed in every way. Toronto's defense played a much tighter game than New York is used to and Kristen Campbell was locked in. New York was limited to just six shots in the first period.
New York's special teams struggled as well. Their powerplay was unable to figure it out on any of the four opportunities. New York was unsuccessful in killing off their second penalty of the evening. Toronto took advantage of the player advantage and potted the game-winning goal.
It was quite the night for Natalie Spooner. The lone scorer secured the first multi-goal lead of the year for Toronto and the club's first home win.
New York's head coach Howie Draper met with the media after the game.
"Their (Toronto’s) game was relatively similar to what it’s been. They’re a very hardworking team, a hard pressure team. They throw a lot of pucks at the net, they’ve done that against us before, and they did it again. I think we just weren’t quite as prepared for it as we would have liked to have been…We weren’t doing what we needed to do on the offensive side of the game in terms of puck movement…I thought our third period was better, we just have to figure out a way to find that third period more often…She (Corinne Schroeder) did what she needed to do. She made some great saves for us to give us a chance to win.”
Howie Draper, New York head coach via PWHL Press Release.
Quick Bounce Back
New York looks to bounce back at home Sunday afternoon against Minnesota. The last time these two met, New York beat Minnesota 3-2 in overtime.