PHOTO BY TROY PARLA
Boston Pride forward Jillian Dempsey scored her 29th career goal to become the all-time leading goal scorer in NWHL history, surpassing former teammate Brianna Decker, as the Pride took an 8-1 win over the Metropolitan Riveters on Monday afternoon at RWJBarnabas Health Hockey House.
“I’ve been joking with the team a little bit like, ‘Well, it only took Decker two years!’” said Dempsey. “But of course, she’s an incredible player and just such an offensive force out there. I have so much respect for Decker, so to be even close to her in that is something special. And I’m just out there of course just trying to do what I can for my team.”
Kaleigh Fratkin led the way in the win with four assists, while Gigi Marvin had two goals and an assist and Mary Parker put up a pair of goals for her first career multi-point game. The win moved Boston to 10-4 on the season to match the Minnesota Whitecaps’ record.
The Pride lit the lamp three times in the first period, with Parker opening the scoring, putting in a rebound at the back door just three minutes into the game. Fratkin’s shot from the point was tipped by Haley Skarupa before Parker tapped it in.
McKenna Brand then doubled the lead, going top shelf on a wrapround midway through the period.
The Riveters created a number of dangerous chances in the second, including a flurry of shots that Katie Burt and Souliotis stopped on the goal line. Burt made several big-time stops to hold the Riveters off the board, including a glove save on a Madison Packer slap shot and a stop on Audra Richards breaking to the net.
Marvin then scored twice in 22 seconds, including once on the power play, in the final minute of the second period to push the Boston lead to 5-0.
“That was fun,” said Marvin of scoring twice so quickly. “We only had one or two power plays all game, so it was great to capitalize. Our D did a great job moving the puck to the other side of the ice. [Amanda Pelkey] and [Skarupa] did a great job of drawing them out of their penalty kill box, so I just got to go to the net and go top shelf and we got to celebrate. And I did the same thing on the second one.”
Parker netted her second of the day just 2:32 into the third period with another shot from the back door. Skarupa then put away a pass from Marvin less than three minutes later to push the lead to 7-0. Dempsey’s record-breaking goal was the last of the day for the Pride, as she capitalized on a feed from Brand.
No worse for wear after spending the week with the U.S. Women’s National Team for the Rivalry Series, Burt came up huge for Boston, making 32 saves in the victory.
“For us, coming out fast is what we needed to do,” said Dempsey. “It’s something that gets us confidence and gets us going. So for us to do that, I always say ‘early and often’ pretty much every game, so I was really excited to see those pucks go in.”
Both teams are back in action this weekend, with the Riveters heading to Buffalo to take on the Beauts at 5 PM on Saturday. The Pride will travel to Connecticut for a 3 PM tilt on Sunday. Tickets are available at NWHL.zone/tickets.