Amanda Leveille stopped 37 of the 38 shots she faced in backstopping the Buffalo Beauts to a 3-1 victory over the Connecticut Whale on Saturday afternoon. Leveille was largely responsible for the Beauts ending their losing streak at three. Connecticut (2-5) has lost its last three.
Buffalo is 3-4-0 for the season and stands in second place in the National Women’s Hockey League heading into the holiday break.
After a scoreless first period, Buffalo scored twice in the second period. Jess Jones scored with assists from Sarah Edney and Kourtney Kunichka at 5:58. Kristin Lewicki scored just 46 seconds later to make it 2-1.
Connecticut put 19 shots on goal in the third period and finally broke through on Amanda Boulier’s even-strength tally at 3:46. Cydney Roesler and Emily Fluke assisted.
Leveille held off the Whale as Buffalo killed off two power plays in the third. The Beauts got an insurance goal when Hayley Scamurra scored a power-play tally into an empty net at 19:23 with Edney and Maddie Elia assisting. It came after the Whale took a too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty with 1:10 left.
It was the second goal of the season for each of the Buffalo scorers - Jones, Lewicki and Scamurra. Edney’s two assists gave her three for the season and four points total. Leveille’s goals-against average is 3.57 and her save percentage is now .897.
Buffalo will be off until a Jan. 6 home game against the Boston Pride at HarborCenter.
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