PWHL New York

PWHL New York drops second game in a row after loss to Ottawa

PWHL New York traveled to TD Place Arena Wednesday night to face off against PWHL Ottawa. Coming into the matchup, both teams were coming off a loss and were looking to get back into the win column.

Ottawa came out with blazing speed, helping them score in the game's first five minutes. Savannah Harmon was able to trickle the puck right past New York goaltender Abby Levy. This was most certainly a goal that Levy was going to want back. Ottawa kept tilting the ice in their favor for the rest of the period. Still, they couldn't score another goal before the period ended due to some spectacular saves from Levy and key defensive plays. While Ottawa held the momentum going into the intermission, New York still had the chance to get back into the game.

For the first half of the second period, the game was very back and forth, with both sides getting offensive opportunities but neither able to capitalize. New York was awarded a power play, giving them an excellent chance to even the score. Instead of a power play goal for New York, it was a shorthanded goal for Ottawa as Fanni Garát-Gasparics was able to put away a big rebound from Levy to put Ottawa up two goals and initiate the jailbreak rule.

New York would need a quick response to stay in the game, and that is just what they did. Not even a minute later, New York got on the board after Chloe Aurard capitalized on a pass that went short due to a broken stick and found the back of the net for her first PWHL goal. The second period also saw the game turn aggressive as New York forward Abby Roque was ejected from the game for an illegal hit, and the rest of the period resembled the similar play found at the beginning of the period.

The third period started the same way the second period, as both teams went back and forth. Also, like in the second period, New York got a power play opportunity in the middle of the frame, but they were the ones to cash in this time. Alex Carpenter dished a pass to Jaime Bourbonnais, who perfectly picked the top left corner and tied the game at two.

With less than five minutes to go, Ottawa put the pressure on and scored one to take the lead late. Amanda Boulier gave Gabbie Hughes a perfect pass to the front of the net, who tricked Levy on the backhand to score. Shortly after, New York pulled their goaltender and was inches away from tying the game up, but instead, Ottawa forward Lexie Adzija scored the empty net goal to seal the victory for her team. 

What's Next for PWHL New York

New York is back in action Sunday afternoon when they take on PWHL Minnesota at UBS Arena, where they'll look to snap their two-game losing streak.

Adriana Leone