Five different Whitecaps scored and Monique Lamoureux assisted three times to lead all point getters as Minnesota rebounded from a 5-1 loss on Saturday night.
“We were a lot better,” Whitecaps coach Robb Stauber said. “We did a great job of taking their time and space away. They have some really good players, and you have to close them out and don’t give them room and space.”
Rachel Bona got the scoring started 3:38 into the game, depositing the rebound of an Allie Thunstrom shot off a rush into the net. Sarah Erickson added a power-play snipe, and Emma Stauber used a screen to score in the opening minute of the second period. By the time Brooke White-Lancette deflected in Meaghan Pezon’s shot two minutes later, the lead had grown to 4-0.
The Pride called timeout, regrouped, and had cut the lead in half by the midway point of the game on goals by Zoe Hickel and Emily Field, but Meghan Lorence redirected a power-play blast from Lamoureux in the third period to push the margin back to three goals.
That final Minnesota tally proved decisive when Hickel struck again and Jillian Dempsey pulled Boston to within one with 77 ticks remaining, but the Whitecaps were able to close the game out.
“There were some costly mistakes, and trust me, I’m sure Boston feels the same that they had some costly mistakes, too, and we just came out on the right end of it tonight,” Stauber said.
Alex Rigsby needed all 26 saves to nail down the victory.
“She played better today, no two ways about it, and we needed that,” Stauber said.
For the visiting Pride, the series met their objectives as well.
“I thought it was great,” Boston coach Bobby Jay said. “I think it was good for our team to get together and continue to bond. I thought the hockey was very good. Obviously, our players and their players played with or against one another on teams and in college, so we knew what to expect. It was definitely positives all the way around.”