CRANBERRY TWP., Pa. — The Buffalo Beauts squared up against the Connecticut Whale for a special NWHL match up at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Center.
The Whale took an early lead, netting their first goal three minutes in with a shot from Emily Fluke. The Beauts answered twice before the end of the period taking a 2-1 lead. Buffalo held their lead through the second period, and things started to get heated. Early in the third, Connecticut tied it up 2-2. Robert Morris University Alum, Rebecca Vint, reclaimed her dominance in Pittsburgh and stole a 3-2 lead for the Beauts, though the Whale answered shortly thereafter, the Beauts took the game 4-3 on a Lisa Chesson goal.
With this win, Vint had a phenomenal return to Pittsburgh with a 3 point game (1G, 2A). Colleen Murphy, older sister to Senior Katherine Murphy at Robert Morris, would also find her name on the box score with an assist- her first career point.
Both teams will head to Buffalo for a rematch at the HarborCenter on January 20th with a 1 p.m. puck drop.
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Collen Murphy warms up with the Buffalo Beauts.
Rebecca Vint warms up with the Buffalo Beauts.
Grace Klienbach warms up with the Connecticut Whale.
Shannon Doyle bumps fists with Pens Elite player before the game.
Emily Fluke celebrates after scoring the first goal of the game.
Rebecca Vint follows Shannon Doyle during the first period.
Taylor Accursi and Rebecca Vint celebrate after Accursi’s goal.
Rebecca Vint stands up after hitting Shannon Doyle during the second.
Jordyn Burns goes after a deflected shot during the second.
Goaltender Amanda Leveille leans back as Emily Fluke jumps over her pads during the second.
Colleen Murphy holds back Meghan Huertas during the third period.
Jordan Brickner celebrates after her goal in the third.
Maddie Elia leaves the ice as she pushes Jordan Brickner into the boards.
Maddie Elia falls to the ice after a hit from Elena Orlando during the third.
Lisa Chesson celebrates after scoring the game winning goal.
Rebecca Vint celebrates after the assisting on the game winning goal.
Buffalo Beauts win.