Weekend Preview: NWHL on NESN, CWHL

There’s been so much that’s happened this week! The NWHL All-Star Game was announced, we’re looking forward to the CWHL announcing their All-Star Game, the Riveters got their first win, and the NWHL got their first TV deal, among others. So, what can you watch this weekend?

CWHL Games

  • Boston Blades @ Brampton Thunder on Saturday, Nov 21 at 6:30 PM EST (Memorial Brampton Arena)
  • Calgary Inferno @ Toronto Furies on Saturday, Nov 21 at 7:30 PM EST (Mastercard Centre) STREAMED
  • Calgary Inferno @ Toronto Furies on Sunday, Nov 22 at 1:00 PM EST (Mastercard Centre)
  • Boston Blades @ Brampton Thunder on Sunday, Nov 22 at 1:30 PM EST (Memorial Brampton Arena) STREAMED

NWHL Games

  • Connecticut Whale @ Buffalo Beauts on Sunday, Nov 22 at 3:30 PM EST (HarborCenter) STREAMED
  • New York Riveters @ Boston Pride on Sunday, Nov 22 at 3:00 PM EST (Harvard Bright-Landry Center) STREAMED & NESN

Weekend On Tap: NWHL, CWHL back in action!

NWHL

  • Connecticut Whale @ Buffalo Beauts on Sun, Nov 15 at 3:30 PM EST/4:30 PM CST (HarborCenter) Streamed
  • Boston Pride @ NY Riveters on Sun, Nov 15 at 7:00 PM EST/8:00 PM CST (Aviator) Streamed

CWHL

  • Les Canadiennes @ Calgary Inferno on Sat, Nov 14 at 8:15pm PM EST/9:15 PM CST (Winsport Arena) Streamed
  • Brampton Thunder @ Boston Blades on Sat, Nov 14 at 7:00 PM EST/8:00 PM CST (Boch Ice Center)
  • Les Canadiennes @ Calgary Inferno on Sun, Nov 15 at 1:15 PM EST/ 2:15 PM CST (Winsport Arena) Audio Stream
  • Brampton Thunder @ Boston Blades on Sun, Nov 15 at 1:30 PM EST/2:30 PM CST (NESC) Streamed

CWHL Weekend Preview: Season openers, and streaming!

CWHL Season Opener Preview

The Brampton Thunder will face down Les Canadiennes on Saturday, October 17th at 4:30 PM CT / 5:30 PM ET in Desmarteau Arena, and again on Sunday, October 18th, at 12:30 PM CT / 1:30 PM ET.

Last year, the Brampton Thunder finished out the season at the bottom of the league with 14 points in 24 games, while the former Montreal Stars finished third, with 29 points in 24 games. Brampton’s made some changes, including a new head coach and the first overall draft pick, Sarah Edney. New head coach Tyler Fines is replacing former interim head coach Kristi Alcorn. Alcorn took over mid-last season to replace Pat Cocklin. While they had some heartening pre-season success, with a successful training camp and a 8-0 win in a pre-season matchup against the University of Toronto Varsity Blues, we’ll see how this new Brampton Thunder looks against a star-studded Les Canadiennes. Aside from Caroline Ouellette, last season’s third top scorer in the league, and former Rookie of the Year Ann-Sophie Bettez, Les Canadiennes added the much heralded Marie-Philip Poulin, Scourge of the US Olympic Gold Dreams, among others. If you need to brush up on the new Les Habs roster, check out Habs Eyes On the Prize’s coverage.

The Boston Blades will take on the Toronto Furies on Saturday, October 17th at 6:30 PM CT / 7:30 PM ET in the Mastercard Center, and again on Sunday, October 18th at 12:30 PM CT / 1:30 PM ET.

There’s been a lot of talk about what players the Blades have lost to the NWHL, but the team Krista Patronick has assembled is still going to be an interesting one to watch. The roster has a lot of forwards, with 18 of 25 players being natural forwards. The thin blue line is going to be bolstered by the returning presence of Dru Burns and Tara Watchorn, but Patronick expects that some of those forwards will end up helping out as defenders as well. The Furies, who finished out last season fourth in the league, has also lost some key players, especially on defense. Toronto struggled last year offensively, especially on special teams, where they finished out league last on both the PK and the PP. Things at the start of the season might be even rougher– top forwards Jenelle Kohanchuk and Julie Allen are out with injury right now. While the Furies picked up several new forwards in the draft, the stand out is probably Emily Fulton, formerly of Cornell, where she put up 48 points in 32 games last season.

The Calgary Inferno will play their season opener October 24th, at home.

Streaming

The CWHL will have a record high 32 games streamed this season, and all games will be filmed in HD. A regular season pass is $19.95 CAD, and can be purchased on the CWHL’s streaming site.

As in the past, all previously aired games will be available in the archive to watch for free. Additionally, all Calgary home games that are not streamed will have an audio-only stream available on the streaming site as well.

This weekend’s streaming games are:

  • Boston Blades @ Toronto Furies, Saturday, October 17th at 4:30 PM CT / 5:30 PM ET
  • Brampton Thunder @ Les Canadiennes, Sunday, October 18th, at 12:30 PM CT / 1:30 PM ET

Weekend Preview: NWHL Openers! Pride @ Beauts, Riveters @ Whale

NWHL Opener This Weekend:

The NWHL opens their season this weekend with two games on Sunday, October 11th, 2015.

First we have the sold-out New York Riveters at the Connecticut Whale. The game starts at 1:30 PM ET / 12:30 PM CT, and will be played at Chelsea Piers. The Whale won both of their pre-season games, against the Minnesota Whitecaps and the CT Junior Rangers U18 Boys, while the New York Riveters lost both of theirs against the FDNY men’s hockey team, and the Whitecaps. You can check out Annalise’s recap of the Riveter’s pre-season games or her season preview of the Riveters. If you want to know a little more about the Whale, Jay Fairburn has been following the evolution of their roster. Personally, my non-existent money is on the Whale, but perhaps we’ll see a steadier defensive team from the Riveters this weekend.

Right after the first game, we have the Boston Pride taking on the Buffalo Beauts at the HarborCenter. Manon Rheaume will drop the puck at 3:30 PM ET / 2:30 PM CT. The Beauts will face Mercyhurst twice in the pre-season– they beat the Mercyhurst women once already, and will face them again this afternoon. (10/9, 7 pm ET) The Pride played the East Coast Wizards U16 Boys and the East Coast Wizards U18 Boys, and lost both. Angelica previewed the Beauts season for us, and she also wrote up the team’s first practice if you’d like to learn a little more about the team while you wait for their first game. Erin covered the Pride’s first practice, if you’d like to catch up on this Olympian-studded roster. Looking at the roster, the Pride have a terrifying amount of talent– but I suspect the Beauts have had more practice time together, and it will be interesting to see how that will balance out.

How to Watch

If you’re looking for NWHL opener tickets, there are still tickets for the Pride @ Beauts game, $15 for a ticket.

If you’re not in the area or didn’t get a ticket in time for the Riveters @ Whale, the NWHL has sworn up down and sideways that there will be streaming available in time for the opener games. We don’t know how much it will cost, or what platform it will be on, or anything else. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

UPDATE: According to Phil Giubileo, who will be one of the announcers for the Riveters/Whale game, the game will be streamed for free on YouTube. We don’t know about the Pride/Beauts game yet, nor if this will be the norm for the rest of the season games.

 

CWHL Weekend Preview: Final Weekend Before the Clarkson Cup!

The final weekend of the regular season is upon us! The Clarkson Cup starts next Wednesday, and the schedule is up at the CWHL website! We won’t know until Sunday afternoon what all the seeding is (besides Toronto, who is 4th), so check back then.

We’re planning to have both a Clarkson Cup preview and some stuff about the CWHL Awards, so keep an eye out early next week for those from us. The Coach of the Year award is going to be particularly interesting with the coaching turn over this year. According to my correspondence with the league, any head coach is eligible, regardless of if they are currently a head coach, which may mean my previous pick of Calgary’s Kevin Haller could still be in the running.

Boston Blades @ Montreal Stars

  • Saturday February 28th, 5:00 PM CDT Streamed
  • Sunday March 1st, 12:00 PM CDT

These two teams will be playing for the top spot in the Clarkson Cup, as Boston has 31 points on the season and Montreal has 29. Montreal is actually tied with Calgary on points, but has one more straight win. With the top seed on the line, I don’t think either team is going to try to rest players, but we might see some players who have been out with injuries back in the line up for at least one game before the Clarkson Cup.

Calgary Inferno @ Brampton Thunder

  • Saturday February 28th, 5:50 PM CDT
  • Sunday March 1st, 1:05 PM CDT Streamed

Like I said above, Calgary’s tied on points but is just behind Montreal. Since it’s a series format and not a round robin this year, these games aren’t going to utterly shake up the series match-ups, but they will have impact. Brampton’s out of the Clarkson Cup race, but Calgary’s beaten them every time they’ve played this season– Brampton might be out to get at least one game on them. Wouldn’t be surprised, however, to see Calgary rest some of their top players. There’s the potential to play four days straight in the Clarkson Cup, and Calgary’s a team that relies on speed, which can be hard to do if you’re dog-tired.

Weekend Preview: Boston Blades @ Calgary Inferno, Brampton Thunder & Toronto Furies fight for 4th spot

We’ve got a full weekend here, as we race toward the end of the season. The Calgary Inferno, the Boston Blades, and the Montreal Stars have all clinched a spot in the Clarkson Cup, but the fourth spot is up in the air between Toronto and Brampton. They play each other this weekend, so expect that to be an interesting match to watch!

Interim Head Coach Scott Reid and Assistant Coach Meaghan Mikkleson-Reid [Calgary Inferno/CWHL]
In other news, the Calgary Inferno, who have been far and away leading the league, have released Kevin Haller, their Head Coach. It’s kind of a surprise, as the team has been doing so well, and they’re looking at the Clarkson Cup so soon. He will be replaced in the interim by former Assistant Coach Scott Reid, and Meaghan Mikkleson-Reid will remain on as Assistant Coach.

[Jess Desjardins/CWHL]
[Jess Desjardins/CWHL]

Boston Blades @ Calgary Inferno

  • Friday February 13th, 2015 at 6:30 PM CDT Streamed
  • Saturday February 14th, 2015 at 6:30 PM CDT
  • Sunday, February 15th, 2015 at 8:00 AM CDT

If we took the seeding for the Clarkson Cup today, Boston would play Montreal, and Calgary play Toronto. This weekend’s series could easily be a Clarkson Cup Final game preview.

It’s also going to be a bit of an injury watch game, I think– Hilary Knight (Boston) was wearing a walking boot pretty recently, and Haley Irwin (Calgary) has missed about a month of games now. Jessica Campbell (Calgary) also missed last week’s games due to injury according to our sources. That’s two of Calgary’s top five points scorers out with injury, so I’ll be really interested in seeing who’s playing this weekend. I only wish the CWHL provided time on ice too.

Of the three games these two teams have played so far, Boston’s won (although by a close margin) two of the three– with two very fast, high octane teams looking to make their mark, this weekend’s games look to be very exciting.

[CWHL]

Toronto Furies @ Brampton Thunder

  • Saturday February 14th, 2015 at 6:30 PM CDT Streamed
  • Sunday February 15th, 2015 at 1:05 PM CDT

Like we said at the top, these two are playing for entrance to the Clarkson Cup. Last year’s Clarkson Cup champion, the Toronto Furies currently have 16 points, while Brampton has 12.

Weekend Preview: Montreal Stars @ Brampton Thunder, Calgary Inferno @ Toronto Furies

There are only four weekends left to play in the regular season for the CWHL! Only 17 games total! It feels so strange to think that this season is winding down, and we’re starting to look forward to the Clarkson Cup, speculating on what teams will get in.

Speaking of the Clarkson Cup, tickets are on sale, and going fast! There are single game and packages available at the CWHL website but be aware! Apparently the single tickets for the March 4th morning game are already sold out.

Also coming up in March is the CWHL Awards Gala, when awards like the Angela James Bowl (which goes to the top scorer in the league) are handed out. If you’re going to be in the Markham area for the Clarkson Cup, maybe check that out too. 🙂 We’re planning to have a preview post up for the awards soon, so keep an eye out for that.

In other news, it looks like the reason Hilary Knight missed last weekend’s games was not illness, as she recently posted a photo of herself in a walking boot to Instagram. Boston doesn’t play again until next weekend, so let’s hope it’s something that heals up quick. Boston’s not going to drop out of Clarkson Cup contention without Knight (knocks on wood) but I’ll be VERY sad if Knight’s not able to play in the Clarkson Cup due to injury.

Montreal Stars @ Brampton Thunder

  • Saturday, February 7th, 5:50 PM CDT Streamed!
  • Sunday, February 8th, 1:05 PM CDT

Brampton’s not that far behind Toronto in the standings, and if they want to pull themselves back into Clarkson Cup contention, they need every point they can get. Montreal and Brampton have played four times so far this season, and Brampton has won once, but we’ll see. Remember, Brampton has a different head coach now, and in the exceedingly limited sample size with Kristi Alcorn at the wheel, they’ve been a much more controlled and puck possession dominant team.

Calgary Inferno @ Toronto Furies

  • Saturday, February 7th, 6:30PM CDT
  • Sunday, February 8th, 12:05 PM CDT Streamed!

Calgary’s top of the standings, and Toronto is a far fourth– if the Furies don’t want Brampton to leapfrog them, they also need to pick up some points. Toronto is currently also looking to snap a six game losing streak.

Speaking of Toronto, check out Kelly Terry in IBC’s new winter tires commercial!