The Boston Pride could only score once against Buffalo Beauts goaltender on Sunday afternoon. That proved to be enough to win the contest.
Boston had 43 shots on goal in capturing the 1-0 win at the Bright-Landry Center, and Brianne McLaughlin stopped 42 of them in a spectacular performance. Hillary Knight had the game’s lone goal; it came at 9:52 of the second period. It was Knight’s eighth goal of the season. She leads the National Women’s Hockey League in that department.
Brittany Ott had 25 saves for Boston, which improved to 6-3. Buffalo fell to 1-6-2 and is at the bottom of the four-team league.
The game was the second since the NWHL put the “closed bench door policy” into effect. Taylor Holze of the New York Riveters was skating close to the boards in a recent game with Boston when she was checked by Zoe Hickel. Holze went through the opening created by the open bench door and was injured on the play.
Hickel was suspended for the play. The league now has ordered that the bench door be closed when play is in session unless a goaltender is coming off the ice for an extra attacker or if an injured player is trying to leave the game.
The Beauts will host New York on Sunday at HarborCenter.