Whitecaps come up just short in quest for another Isobel Cup

In a battle for the ages, Minnesota loses in OT to the Toronto Six in the championship game.

Minnesota defender Patti Marshall, left, and goaltender Amanda Leveille, right, mix it up with Toronto’s Tereza Vanisova in the first period of the Isobel Cup championship Sunday night in Tempe, Arizona. Vanisova would score the game-winning goal in overtime for Toronto.
Kayla Franz / Minnesota Whitecaps via St. Paul Pioneer Press

After shocking the Premier Hockey Federation world last weekend with a major upset, the Minnesota Whitecaps couldn’t quite finish the job in the Isobel Cup Final on Sunday night.

The Whitecaps suffered a heartbreaking 4-3 overtime loss to the Toronto Six at Mullet Arena in Tempe, Ariz. After nonstop action in the extra session, Toronto forward Tereza Vanisova scored the game-winner to lift the Six to their first-ever Isobel Cup.

That the Whitecaps were even competing for the Isobel Cup was a big win in and of itself. They struggled through a cold streak at the end of the regular season, skidding to the finish line on an eight-game losing streak.

Not many people gave the Whitecaps much of a chance in their semifinal matchup against the Boston Pride, the PHF’s regular-season champion, but they strung together two wins for the surprising sweep.

That set the stage for a championship game for the ages between the Whitecaps and the Six.


It was a fast start for the Six as forward Dominika Laskova put them in front 1-0 early in the first period.

The Whitecaps finally responded in the second period with a goal from forward Brittyn Fleming to tie the game at 1-1.

Not long after, the Six regained the lead when forward Breanne Wilson-Bennett took advantage of some miscommunication to make it 2-1.

The Whitecaps got a goal from forward Brooke Madsen to level the score at 2-2.

That paved the way for the third period where the Whitecaps took their first lead of the game when forward Jonna Albers finished off a perfect pass from fellow forward Natalie Snodgrass to make it 3-2.

This time it was the Six who fought back as defenseman Taylor Woods crashed the net and found a way to tie the game at 3-3.

In the end, the Whitecaps came up just short of the Isobel Cup, as Vanišová lifted the Six to victory in dramatic fashion.



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