3 Takeaways From The Isobel Cup Championship

The NWHL Isobel Cup Final took place at Warrior Ice Arena last weekend. The final that never was finally took place between Minnesota and Boston. The two were supposed to face off in the final last season but as we all know, unprecedented times were had. 

Amanda Leveille had an outstanding performance against the Connecticut Whale. The Canada native had a 44 save shutout, leading her team to the Isobel Cup Final against Boston Pride. 

Leveille could not find the same success against Boston. She allowed 4 goals on 30 shots. Although she allowed 4 goals, she read the penalty shot right and made an excellent save. 

Though her season was cut short due to COVID, her 4 appearances were stellar. She finished the season with a career-high .936 SV%. 

The Boston Pride brought Isobel home. They are the only team to win the championship twice. The city’s championship drought ended thanks to their efforts. Both Boston and Minnesota notched 30 shots on goal through sixty minutes. Mary Parker, Jillian Dempsey, Lexie Laing, and Taylor Wenczkowski. Minnesota was not able to capitalize on the momentum behind their first-period goal. Allie Thunstrom had four goals in two games. The force to be reckoned with scored two goals in the final but was not able to finish her job. 

Jillian Dempsey had herself a season. She is the first player to reach 100 points in the NWHL and she was named MVP, taking home a $1,000 check. The captain was all smiles as she celebrated the team’s win and her second title. She is 2 games shy of 100 games played and will more than likely cross that milestone when she returns next season. 

Now that the season is over, fans can look forward to the draft happening this June. It will be interesting to see if there is any further development with the Montreal expansion team as well.