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Beauts hockey opens playoffs this weekend

The Buffalo Beauts of the National Women’s Hockey League will begin their quest for the Isobel Cup this weekend when the face the Connecticut Whale in a best-of-three semifinals starting at 7:10 p.m. on Friday at Chelsea Piers Connecticut in Stamford. Game Two will be at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and, if necessary, Game Three will be at 6 p.m. on Sunday. All games will be at Chelsea Piers Connecticut.

The Beauts (5-9-4) were winless in six games against the Whale (13-5-0) during the NWHL regular season, but two of the losses were in shootouts and another was in overtime. Four of the six games were decided by one goal.

The first-place Boston Pride (14-13-1) will face the New York Riveters (4-12-2) in the other semifinal series Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Raymond J. Bourque Arena at Endicott College in Beverly, Mass.

The best-of-three Isobel Cup finals will be March 11-12-13 at the Prodential Center Practice Facility in Newark, N.J.