Defender Lisa Chesson scored with 3:36 left in regulation Sunday to give the Buffalo Beauts a 4-3 victory over the Connecticut Whale in a National Women's Hockey League game at UMPC Lemieux Sports Complex in Pittsburgh.
The victory, in the only NWHL game this week, strengthened Buffalo's hold on second place. The Beauts (5-4-0) have 10 points, four more than the Boston Pride (2-4-2). The Metropolitan Riveters (8-0-0) are in first place.
Maddie Elia and Taylor Accursi scored first period goals for the Beauts after Connecticut had taken the early lead on a tally by Emily Fluke at 3:04. There was no scoring in the second period, but the Whale tied it on a power play goal by Sam Faber early in the third.
Rebecca Vint gave the Beauts the lead again with an even-strength tally at 13:29, but Connecticut knotted it again just 22 seconds later on Meghan Huerta's goal.
Vint, who had a three-point game, and Jacquie Greco assisted on Chesson's game winner. Chesson had the second assist on Accursi's goal.
The Beauts were 1 for 7 on the power play while the Whale converted 1 of 5. The Beauts were outshot, 27-24. Amanda Leveille made 24 saves for Buffalo. Sydney Rossman had 20 stops for the Whale.
Leveille, who played at the University of Minnesota, will serve as captains of one of the teams for the NWHL All-Star game that will be played in St. Paul, Minn., on Feb. 11. The All-Star Skills Competition will be on Feb. 10.
The NWHL announced Friday that it has reached an agreement with the Minnesota Wild of the NHL to hold the game in the Twin Cities. NWHL All-Star Weekend will be held at TRIA Rink, the Wild's state-of-the-art practice facility in downtown St. Paul that opened this month.
The Beauts’ next game will be against Connecticut at 1 p.m. on Saturday at HarborCenter.