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NWHL Preview: The Race for the Isobel Cup

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The NWHL returns after putting the season on hold due to health and safety concerns in Lake Placid, New York. 

Now the league will finish off the 2020-2021 season at Warrior Ice Arena in Boston, MA on March 26th-27th. With no fans in attendance the final three games will be aired on NBCSN, the first time the NWHL will air live on a national broadcast channel. The games can be viewed via NBSCN or streamed on NBSCN online as well as on Twitch in Canada and other international markets. 

Both the semifinals and final game will include an all-female broadcast consisted of Kate Scott as the play-by-play announcer,AJ Mleczko as an analyst and Casey Chelios as a rink side reporter. 

The first matchup will be on Friday March 26th at 5pm EST with No. 1 Toronto Six against No. 4  Boston Pride.With Toronto Six’s star forward Mikyla Grant-Menthis leaving Lake Placid as the league’s top goal scorer, she is certainly a big threat to the Pride.  

Despite a shaky start in their first two games,  the Six found their footing quickly and made a huge statement before the season abruptly came to a halt. As the newest franchise, they are looking to become champions in their inagural season.

No. 2  Minnesota Whitecaps faces off against No. 3 Connecticut Whale on March 26th at 8 pm EST. With the Whitecaps being defending champions of the 2019 Isobel Cup, it will be interesting to see how their play measures up to a team who has yet raise the Isobel Cup. 

The Whale ended their time in Lake Placid split with two wins and two losses, but with the debut of US National Team member and powerhouse forward, Melissa Samoskevich who ended her season at Quinnipiac University with a total of 54 goals and 55 assists, the odds may tip in their favor to knock out the Whitecaps. 

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