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Mixed results for Canadian PHF squads as Six squeeze past Caps, Force lose to Beauts

By The Canadian Press on February 26, 2023.

RICHFIELD, Minn. – Tereza Vanisova scored a second-period goal, netminder Elaine Chuli made 36 saves and the visiting Toronto Six defeated the Minnesota Whitecaps 1-0 in Premier Hockey Federation action on Saturday at Richfield Ice Arena.

Vanisova’s unassisted marker at 16:35 of the middle frame improved the Six’s record to 15-4-2, one point behind the first-place Boston Pride in the women’s professional hockey circuit.

The third-place Whitecaps, who play the Six again on Sunday, slipped to 10-7-2 and are now 13 points behind the Six.

The Whitecaps outshot the Six 36-31, and received a solid performance in goal from Jenna Brenneman.

“I thought it was definitely a team effort from goaltending out, and players are working on the things that we’re asking them to do, especially in our defensive zone,” said Toronto head coach Geraldine Heaney. “We switched our defensive zone coverage to man-on-man, and I thought they did a really good job with that.

“It was nice to see some players really stand out tonight like T (Tereza Vanisova),” Heaney added. “Shi (Shiann Darkangelo) always has a good game, and the defence I thought played well again, so it was a good team effort and a big win.”

In Montreal, the visiting Buffalo Beauts defeated the Montreal Force 3-1 at Centre d’Excellence Sport Rousseau.

Mikyla Grant-Mentis scored twice for the last-place Beauts, while Kristina Schuler netted a single. Buffalo improved to 5-12-2 and moved to win in two points of the Force.

Jade Downie-Landry scored a third-period goal for Montreal, who outshot the Beauts 33-27, but slipped to 7-13-1.

The teams play again Sunday in Montreal.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 25, 2023.

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