The Minnesota Whitecaps flew East for games against the Connecticut Whale and New York Riveters, two of the four teams in the newly-created NWHL. Minnesota came home with a loss and a win, and gained valuable experience as a team.
Saturday's contest at Chelsea Piers, CT, was a high scoring affair, as the Whale won 8-4. The game was close after two, with the Whitecaps pulling to within 5-4 on goals by Jocelyn Lamoureux-Davidson, Monique Lamoureux (2), and Rachael Bona. However, the Whale opened it up in the third, putting three more past Whitecaps goaltender Alex Rigsby.
The Lamoureux twins did the majority of the damage for the Whitecaps as Monique notched two goals and an assist, while sister Jocelyne had a goal and two assists.
Three of Connecticut's goals came on the power play, and Kelly Babstock finished the game with a hat trick. Kelly Stack had five points on the day, with two goals and three assists.
On Sunday, Minnesota faced the New York Riveters at Chelsea Piers, NY. Jessie Vetter got the start in net and held New York to two goals, as the Whitecaps came away with a 5-2 victory.
Goals by Mira Jalosuo, Allie Thunstrom (from Bona), and Jocelyne Lamoureux (from Monique), put Minnesota up 3-0 five minutes into the second period. But the Riveters bounced back with two of their own before the end of the second, closing the gap to 3-2. In the third, the Whitecaps' power play took over, as both Jocelyne and Monique Lamoureux found the back of the net. Monique assisted on her sister's score, and Meghan Lorence and Winny Brown got the assists on Monique's shot from the point.
Riveters' goals were scored by Morgan Fritz-Ward and Bray Ketchum. Minnesota outshot New York 33-28, and Vetter finished with 26 saves.