Buffalo Beauts goaltender Brianne McLaughlin’s professional hockey career came to a close on Sunday in the best way possible: she retires as a champion.
The Beauts went into the Isobel Cup Final as the undisputed underdogs to the Boston Pride. It was the heroics of McLaughlin, with some help from her teammates, that gave the Beauts their first Isobel Cup championship and her the playoff MVP honors. Beating the Pride by a score of 3-2.
McLaughlin adds an Isobel Cup and playoff MVP to her war chest of two Olympic silver medals, two golds and a silver medal from World Championships and wins at the Four Nations Cup. Not a bad career at all.
WHO: No. 1 Boston Pride vs. No. 3 Buffalo Beauts
WHAT: Isobel Cup Final – winner take all
WHERE: Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell
WHEN: TODAY! Sunday, March 19 at 6:00 p.m. EST
HOW TO WATCH: ABCNews.com/Live or the ABC News app
The last four days have been nothing short of a roller coaster ride for the members of the US Women’s National team.
While juggling the negotiations with USA Hockey and the media appearances to discuss their cause, a majority of the players had to also finish their professional hockey season in the NWHL.
Over the last 36-ish hours, the he members of the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) have been subject to nothing short of a roller coaster of emotions.
On Wednesday, the team announced a boycott of the upcoming World Championships if USA Hockey didn’t meet their demands for equal pay, promotion, organizational support and more.
On Thursday, USA Hockey stated the team had a deadline of 5:00 p.m. EST to tell the organization if they truly intended not to play. Which was later walked back by USA Hockey somewhat in a conversation with Chicago Tribune reporter Chris Hersch.
After all that, a majority of the national team had to take to the ice for an NWHL winner-take-all semifinal playoff game between the Boston Pride and Connecticut Whale.
Recognizing the importance of the moment, the NWHL ditched their normal introductions for a special ceremony.
We have some good news to report in the world of women’s hockey!
The NWHL and the American Broadcasting Corporation (a.k.a. ABC) have announced a partnership to live stream games from the Isobel Cup playoffs. Games will be available on ABCNews.com/Live and the ABC News app.
Puck Daddy was told there should be no issues for our friends in Canada to stream the games.
“We’re proud that ABC has partnered with us during this big week in our league’s young history,” said NWHL Commissioner Dani Rylan said via press release. “We’re very appreciative of ABC News for its support of the NWHL and women’s hockey.”
It starts on Friday at 7:30 p.m. EST with the semi-final match-up between the No. 2 New York Riveters and No. 3 Buffalo Beauts from Barnabas Health Hockey House in New Jersey. It’s a one game, winner-take-all.
The victor heads to the Isobel Cup final on Sunday at 6:00 p.m. EST from Tsongas Center at UMass Lowell.
They’ll meet the winner of Thursday’s game between No. 1 Boston Pride and No. 4 Connecticut Whale. This game will be streamed through the NWHL website at 7:30 p.m. EST.