Nicole Kosta keeps an eye on the play from her spot on the wing. Team Russia at Connecticut Whale, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. NWHL. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini
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Photo essay: Connecticut Whale takes on Team Russia

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The Connecticut Whale and Team Russia faced off twice in the NWHL preseason, battling it out for a win that would give them nothing but bragging rights over the other. Both teams picked up one win and one loss, each bringing the best game they could that night. Below are some shots from the second game in the two-game series, which Team Russia won 3-2 in regulation.

 

Kelly Babstock fights Liudmila Belyakova for the puck at faceoff. Team Russia at Connecticut Whale, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. NWHL. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

Kelly Babstock fights Liudmila Belyakova for the puck at faceoff. Team Russia at Connecticut Whale, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. NWHL. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

 

Kaliya Johnson guards against former NWHL winger, Liudmila Belyakova. Team Russia at Connecticut Whale, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. NWHL. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

Kaliya Johnson guards against former NWHL winger, Liudmila Belyakova. Team Russia at Connecticut Whale, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. NWHL. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

 

Micaela Long enters the offensive zone, a Team Russia forward hot on her heels. Team Russia at Connecticut Whale, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. NWHL. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

Micaela Long enters the offensive zone, a Team Russia forward hot on her heels. Team Russia at Connecticut Whale, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. NWHL. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

 

Nicole Connery (wearing Sam Faber's helmet) pushes the puck along with her stick while Olga Sosina tries to throw her off balance. Team Russia at Connecticut Whale, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. NWHL. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

Nicole Connery (wearing Sam Faber’s helmet) pushes the puck along with her stick while Olga Sosina tries to throw her off balance. Team Russia at Connecticut Whale, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. NWHL. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

 

Haley Skarupa snows the puck as she and Elena Podkamennaya come to an abrupt stop near the boards. Team Russia at Connecticut Whale, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. NWHL. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

Haley Skarupa snows the puck as she and Elena Podkamennaya come to an abrupt stop near the boards. Team Russia at Connecticut Whale, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. NWHL. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

 

Forward Nicole Kosta digs the puck out of the corner. Team Russia at Connecticut Whale, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. NWHL. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

Forward Nicole Kosta digs the puck out of the corner. Team Russia at Connecticut Whale, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

 

Katia Smolentseva races for the puck in the offensive zone. Team Russia at Connecticut Whale, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. NWHL. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

Katia Smolentseva races for the puck in the offensive zone. Team Russia at Connecticut Whale, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. NWHL. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

 

Haley Skarupa fights for the rebound against two Team Russia players. Team Russia at Connecticut Whale, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. NWHL. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

Haley Skarupa fights for the rebound against two Team Russia players. Team Russia at Connecticut Whale, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016.  Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

 

Haley Skarupa wheels with an eye on the play. Team Russia at Connecticut Whale, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. NWHL. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

Haley Skarupa wheels with an eye on the play. Team Russia at Connecticut Whale, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

 

Kelly Babstock bulls her way through a pair of Team Russia players to get the puck to the net. Team Russia at Connecticut Whale, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. NWHL. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

Kelly Babstock bulls her way through a pair of Team Russia players to get the puck to the net. Team Russia at Connecticut Whale, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. NWHL. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

 

Kelli Stack takes on three Team Russia players. Team Russia at Connecticut Whale, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. NWHL. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

Kelli Stack takes on three Team Russia players. Team Russia at Connecticut Whale, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

 

Anna Shibanova digs the puck out of the corner with Kelli Stack after her. Team Russia at Connecticut Whale, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. NWHL. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

Anna Shibanova digs the puck out of the corner with Kelli Stack after her. Team Russia at Connecticut Whale, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. NWHL. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

 

Kaliya Johnson takes control of the puck from Lidiya Malyavko and guides it out of the defensive zone. Team Russia at Connecticut Whale, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. NWHL. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

Kaliya Johnson takes control of the puck from Lidiya Malyavko and guides it out of the defensive zone. Team Russia at Connecticut Whale, Thursday, Sept. 29, 2016. NWHL. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

Photo essay: Connecticut Whale takes on Team Russia

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