The Boston Pride are coming to Minnesota to play the Minnesota Whitecaps! THIS IS LIKE A PRESENT FROM THE NWHL JUST TO ME, I AM SO EXCITED!
So, first, the practical details. The Pride are playing the Minnesota Whitecaps, who you may recall are currently an unafiliated team, of the former WWHL (Western Women’s Hockey League). The Whitecaps roster include such notable players as former Gophers Rachel Bona, Meghan Lorence, and Mira Jalosuo, as well as some big names from USA Hockey, including Monique Lamoureux and Jocelyn Lamoureux-Davidson, Jessie Vetter, and Alex Rigsby.
There will be two games, on Saturday, December 12th at 6:00 PM CST, and Sunday, December 13th at 1:00 PM CST. Both games will be played at Ridder Arena, home of the Minnesota Golden Gopher’s women’s team. Tickets are $5 per person, with children 12 and under getting in for free. Tickets can be purchased through the Gopher Ticket Office, either online at z.umn.edu/mnwhitecaps or by calling 612-624-8080 or 1-800-U-GOPHER. Be aware that while all tickets are general admission and first come first serve, the online ticket picker does have you pick out a section to sit in. Whitecaps players will be available to sign autographs after both games, and Pride players will be available for autographs after Saturday’s game.
If you’re not in Minnesota, or just can’t make it to Ridder, Saturday’s game will be televised locally on KSTC45 locally and on NESN on the east coast. NESN is also available nationally via DirecTV and Dish Network. The NWHL also intends to stream both games live on Cross-Ice Pass.
This past weekend, the Minnesota Whitecaps played Shattuck-St. Mary’s girl’s prep team twice, splitting the series, and you can read recaps of those games here and here. Previously, the Whitecaps also split a two game pre-season series against the New York Riveters– you can read Annalise’s recap of the Whitecaps’ victory over the Riveters or the league’s recap of the series.
I’m not quite sure who my money is on, for these games– the Pride have been good, going 5-3-0 so far this season, and they have the explosive offensive power exemplified by Hilary Knight and Brianna Decker. The Whitecaps, on the other hand, have some truly excellent players, including a very aggressive defensive corps headed up by Monique Lamoureux, but haven’t had as much practice time or game time together. I wouldn’t be surprised to see another series split, but in any case, I think we’re going to see some great hockey this weekend.