Toronto blanks Minnesota 2-0 to take a 2-0 PWHL series lead

Kristen Campbell (John McClellan, Wikimedia Commons)

Toronto is one win away from advancing to the 2024 Professional Women’s Hockey League final. On Friday night at the Coca-Cola Coliseum in Toronto, Ontario, Toronto blanked Minnesota 2-0. With the win, Toronto leads the Professional Women’s Hockey League semifinal two games to none.

For the second straight game Toronto goaltender and Canadian Olympic gold medalist Kristen Campbell of Brandon, Manitoba had the shutout. This time she made 21 saves. Campbell made five saves in the first period, eight saves in the second periods and eight saves in the third period.

In this low scoring contest, the game was actually tied at zero until one minute and 25 seconds left in the contest. That is when Jesse Compher scored the game-winning goal for Toronto from Canadian Olympic gold medalists Renata Fast of Hamilton, Ontario and Emma Maltais of Burlington, Ontario. Then with 10 seconds left in the third period, Hannah Miller of North Vancouver, British Columbia scored an insurance goal into the empty net from Brittany Howard of St. Thomas, Ontario. Campbell, Fast and Maltais won a gold medal for Canada in women’s hockey at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. The series now shifts to Minnesota with a game at the Xcel Energy Center on Monday.


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