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Photoessay: Relive the Whale’s OT Win Over the Beauts

Sunday the Buffalo Beauts faced down the Connecticut Whale in Danbury in one last contest between the two clubs during the NWHL’s inaugural season. The Beauts came into the match hungry for a win, while the Whale desperately needed two points to maintain their first-place ranking in league standings.

With a new coach behind the bench, the Connecticut Whale put their new lines and systems to work and won in overtime, but not without a few rough-and-tumble moments.

Tatiana Rafter, Jessica Koizumi pick up pucks after warm-ups at NWHL Buffalo Beauts at Connecticut Whale, Feb. 7 2016. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

 

Shenae Lundberg watches Battaglino head to the puck behind the Whale net at NWHL Buffalo Beauts at Connecticut Whale, Feb. 7 2016. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

 

Devon Skeats stickhandles at NWHL Buffalo Beauts at Connecticut Whale, Feb. 7 2016. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

 

Meghan Duggan, Kate Buesser compete for the puck at NWHL Buffalo Beauts at Connecticut Whale, Feb. 7 2016. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

 

Brianne McLaughlin makes the save on Kate Buesser at NWHL Buffalo Beauts at Connecticut Whale, Feb. 7 2016. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

 

Kimberly Sass’s helmet. NWHL Buffalo Beauts at Connecticut Whale, Feb. 7 2016. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

 

Kelly Babstock wheels, looking for the puck at NWHL Buffalo Beauts at Connecticut Whale, Feb. 7 2016. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

 

Kourtney Kunichika makes a play for the puck from her knees at NWHL Buffalo Beauts at Connecticut Whale, Feb. 7 2016. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

 

Emily Pfalzer stickhandles out of her defensive zone at NWHL Buffalo Beauts at Connecticut Whale, Feb. 7 2016. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

 

Alyssa Wolfheiler watches the play at Buffalo Beauts at Connecticut Whale, Feb. 7 2016. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

 

Kourtney Kunichika dives for the puck at Buffalo Beauts at Connecticut Whale, Feb. 7 2016. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

 

Shelby Bram takes control of the puck in front of her net at Buffalo Beauts at Connecticut Whale, Feb. 7 2016. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

The Whale’s season continues this weekend as they take on the Boston Pride at the Havard Bright-Landry Center for “Denna Day”. The Beauts will be playing in Brooklyn, facing off against their in-state rivals, the New York Riveters.

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