NWHL: Boston Pride First Two-Time Winning Isobel Cup Champions

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Photo Courtesy of Michelle Jay via NWHL

Boston Pride forward Carlee Turner played in the JWHL with the Winter Hawks from 2013-2017. She first signed a one year deal with Boston Pride and one of the first timers to be an Isobel Cup Champion.

As the NWHL continue their Isobel Cup, Boston Pride take home their second Isobel Cup win since 2016. On March 26, the NWHL finally finish their long-awaited tournament season. With semi finals and finals being televised, they were also broadcasted by an all-female crew. As Boston advanced to the final over a 6-2 win against Toronto Six, Minnesota Whitecaps joined them after slamming Connecticut.

Pride vs. Whitecaps

Starting the match, Whitecaps got a head start with Allie Thunderstorm scoring from a breakaway, seventh minute of first period. Not long after, Pride came back with Mary Parker giving an equalizer point. With both teams warmed-up, Pride did not fall behind. Captain Jillian Dempsey came swooping in with another point, followed by forward Lexie Laing’s power-play goal. With a lead of 3-1, third period was Minnesota’s way back into the game. Around the seventh minute, Boston has a penalty opportunity after a possible hand on the puck by Minnesota.

As suspense filled the rink, Tori Sullivan tested her luck and missed her penalty shot and point for Boston Pride. Not long after, Minnesota capitalized on her mistake. Thunderstorm finishing a shot, making the score 3-2. While they catch up, Pride is still on their toes, craving their next goal. Boston Prides forward Taylor Wenzcowski makes a power-play goal, giving a 4-2 lead. Keeping the score up, Pride did not lose their rhythm. Although Whitecaps came back with a goal by Meghan Pezon at the last 0.19, it was not enough. Boston took the Championship with a 4-3 win.

Winning in 2016 and 2021, Boston Pride is the first team in NWHL to win two of the same title. This win was not only marked history in the NWHL, but also to some players. As the first Canadian player to sign to NWHL, Kaleigh Fratkin won her first Isobel Cup with two assists. Captain Jillian Dempsey won MVP and is the only two-time winning Isobel Cup Champ for Boston Pride. As eight Boston Pride players made their debut, they are also first time Isobel Champions.

“We finally did it, and I’m so proud of our team…” – Jillian Dempsey.

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