๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Minnesota Whitecaps Capture Isobel Cup In Inaugural NWHL Season

The first of two women’s hockey championships in a one week span has been crowned, with the expansion Minnesota Whitecaps defeating the Buffalo Beauts on home ice in a 2-1 overtime victory to capture the 2019 Isobel Cup.

With Beauts starting goaltender and Olympic medallist Shannon Szabados scratched just before the game with an injury, the opportunity seemed ripe for the Whitecaps to pounce on backup goaltender Nicole Hensley. But the Beauts in fact struck first, with an Emily Pfalzer goal late in the first giving Buffalo the lead. Minnesota would tie just 76 seconds later on an Amy Menke tally, which would stand as the final goal until overtime, with both Hensley and Minnesota keeper Amanda Leveille standing tall, turning away 30 and 23 shots, respectively.

While many may have expected a lengthy overtime period with such a lack of scoring in the final 40 minutes, the Saint Paul crowd was stunned when Lee Stecklein, floating a harmless looking wrist shot from the point, beat Hensley five-hole just 49 seconds into overtime, giving the State of Hockey their first women’s title since the CWHL incarnation of the Whitecaps won the Clarkson Cup back in 2010. The 2019 Clarkson Cup will be awarded in one week’s time in Toronto, with the Montrรฉal Canadiennes facing the Calgary Inferno.

Our congratulations go out to the players, management and fans of the Minnesota Whitecaps, with those on the roster that have also held the IHLC highlighted in bold:

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Lauren Barnes, forward
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Amanda Boulier, defence
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Hannah Brandt, forward
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Chelsey Brodt, defence
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Winny Brodt
, defence
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Kendall Coyne
, forward
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Jonna Curtis, forward
๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช Tanja Eisenschmid, defence
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Julie Friend, goaltender
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Kalli Funk, forward
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Amanda Leveille, goaltender
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Margo Lund, forward
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Sadie Lundquist, forward
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Lisa Martinson, defence
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Katie McGovern, forward
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Amy Menke, forward
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Meaghan Pezon, forward
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Sydney Rossman, goaltender
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Kate Schipper, forward
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Amy Schlagel, defence
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Haylea Schmid, forward
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Emma Stauber, defence
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Lee Stecklein
, defence
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Allie Thunstrom, forward
๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Brooke White, forward

The victory now presents an interesting conundrum for the women’s (unofficial) version of the Triple Gold Club, which traditionally has only documented winners of Olympic Gold, World Championship Gold and the Clarkson Cup, both due to the Clarkson predating the NWHL, and the majority of recent Olympic winners being Canadian. Now, Brandt, Coyne and Stecklein can all claim theย troika with the Isobel Cup in hand, and a decision about if this is counts towards “Triple Gold” should be made shortly, particularly in light of ongoing talks of a CWHL-NWHL merger, and which trophy will emerge as the unified league’s championship.




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