David F. Pendrys
NEW HAVEN, CT – In exhibition play Saturday afternoon, the Connecticut Whale defeated Team Korea, the South Korean Olympic Team, 4-1. Sojung Shin started in net and remained in net throughout the game. The Whale rotated their three goaltenders sending Keira Goin out to start.
Stephanie Mock got a pass from Paige Savage in front of the net and maneuvered past Shin for the first goal of the game.
Su Yeon Eom put Korea on the board when she received the puck after Korea won the face off in the Whale zone and slapped it by Goin.
Sam Faber picked up the game winning goal. Rachael Ade broke into the Korea zone and shot it, which Shin handled, but Faber got to the rebound and launched it over the opposing goalie for the lead.
Sydney Rossman would relieve Goin in the second for some action and stopped every shot she faced.
Babstock lifted a rebound past Shin during the Whale’s first power play of the game assisted by Cydney Roesler, and Jordan Brickner.
Laura Brennan came in for Rossman in the third period and also shut out Team Korea. Grace Klienbach added the dagger after being fed the puck at the other side of the net by Kaycie Anderson and she put it past Shin easily. An additional assist went to Juana Baribeau.
The game’s three periods were different in nature as Korea seemed to have learned from their game against Quinnipiac and was moving the puck better and also denying the Whale opportunities. All in all the Whale only got about thirty shots compared to the 55 Quinnipiac had two days before. Korea generated some of their own chances and of course their only goal.
The second period was much more Whale dominated with the two goals coming and numerous other scoring chances being obtained. It is no surprise that’s when Connecticut built their lead up. In the third, Korea seemed to get a second wind, and threw some serious effort on net, but Brennan and the defense fended those attempts off.
Team Korea will continue to prepare for the Olympics, while Team NWHL will take on the U.S. National Team in the next week, before NWHL play restarts next weekend.
The teams also held a shootout.
Note: Erica Ayala streamed the game through a series of live videos.
Sam Faber, Keira Goin, and Sojung Shin spoke after the game.
Sam Faber Presser. (With Erica Ayala and myself.)
Keira Goin Presser:
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