These two teams faced off against each other just four days ago with the Lynx taking a 3-1 victory late in the game.
This time, they challenged the Blackhawks early and often. Blackhawks goaltender, Abigail Severson, was pelted with 18 shots in the first period.
Lynx forward Maddy Ahlborn started the scoring. Finding herself deep in the Blackhawks zone, she fired a quick hard shot that caromed off Severson’s pad and into the net. Assists went to Abby Ahlborn and Josie Dragoo.
Lynx defenseman Grace Bonnell would finish the first period scoring, slicing through defenders and slipping the puck 5 hole to make it 2-0.
The second period saw the line of Sydney Raaths, Rachel Mirwald and Mia Goetzke catch fire. They continually controlled play and cycled the puck looking for opportunities. Raaths would get a pass from Mirwald, curl out of the corner, cut across the slot and rip a shot high to the blocker side making it 3-0.
Next, it would be Raaths again on the power play. As their line moved the puck around, she came off the near side wall, beat two defenders and pulled the puck to the far side of the net tucking a backhander in behind Severson who was bombarded with 20 shots against in the second.
In the third, Ruby Dykstra would pick up a loose puck and drive hard behind the Blackhawks net, and make a back pass against the pressure and find Lynx defenseman Sam Olander, who one-timed a shot just inside the post and over Severson’s pad to end the scoring at 5-0.
Severson would finish with 45 saves on 50 shots. Her counterpart, Addie Armstrong, would stop all 10 shots including a point blank shot late in the second and a breakaway in the third to preserve her shutout.