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Stamford-Based Connecticut Whale Improves To 6-0, Tops In NWHL

Kelly Babstock of the Connecticut Whale fights for the puck as a Buffalo Beauts player lies on the ice. The Stamford-based Whale are in first place in the four-team National Women's Hockey League.
Kelly Babstock of the Connecticut Whale fights for the puck as a Buffalo Beauts player lies on the ice. The Stamford-based Whale are in first place in the four-team National Women's Hockey League. Photo Credit: NWHL

STAMFORD, Conn. -- The Stamford-based Connecticut Whale are continuing their dominance of the National Women's Hockey League with a 4-3 weekend victory against the host Boston Pride.

The Whale jumped out of the gate quickly, scoring two first-period goals and the first four of the game. Then they nearly let it slip away.

Shiann Darkangelo scored the fastest goal in NWHL history just 37 seconds into the contest and her second tally midway through the game made it 3-0. Molly Engstrom, a 2010 Olympian, added a fourth goal at the 14:18 mark of the second period, while Shannon Doyle netted a goal and an assist for Connecticut.

Boston would start to chip away at the deficit as time expired in the second on a goal by Rachel Llanes. The Pride would add two more scores on power play goals by Amanda Pelkey, her second in as many weeks, and Kacey Bellamy.

Boston outshot Connecticut, 42-19. Jaimie Leonoff made 39 saves, including a penalty shot stop of Llanes, for the win.

The Whale will put their 6-0 record on the line Sunday at home as they host the Buffalo Beauts in a 4:30 p.m. game at Chelsea Piers.

This is the first season of the four-team league.

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