Photo Courtesy of Jessica Helen Brant
If there was ever a doubt about the values of goalie Bri McLaughlin we were given a reminder Sunday night.
McLaughlin turned in a stellar performance as she stopped 41 of the 46 shots faced. But it was all in vein as the Boston Pride handed the Buffalo Beauts a 5-0 loss in their NWHL game that was played at the HarborCenter Sunday afternoon.
“For sure,” said Beauts captain Emily Pfalzer.
“We didn’t give her any help back there. She had almost 50 shots, I think.”
The Pride, even without their best player Hillary Knight, improved to a perfect 6-0 and showed why they are the favorite to repeat as Isobel Cup champions.
They outskated the Beauts at every turn and played more physical without losing composure. Something the Beauts were unable to do on this night.
Lexi Bender scored the game winner off a feed from Kiddy Bellamy in the opening period that saw Boston outshot Buffalo 20-4.
Both teams were dealing with the specter of something much greater than wins and losses in the wake of the NWHL’s stunning announcement that as of Nov. 30, all player salaries will be slashed by 50%.
“Obviously we’ve had a lot thrown at us in the last 48 hours that’s mentally and physically draining, ” said Beauts defenseman Megan Bozek. “But its no excuse.”
The Beauts will not be home again until Jan.14.
Buster T. Bison, Chip, SabreTooth, Daemon Wildcat, Buff State Bengal, Amerks Moose, Boston Pride, the Dunkin Donut, and Nichols School Viking were all on hand for Krushers bday.