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Beauts drop Cup opener against Pride; second game Saturday

The Buffalo Beauts rallied from an opening-game loss in the first round of the National Women’s Hockey League playoffs to upset the Connecticut Whale. They will have to pull off the same feat in order to secure the inaugural Isobel Cup championship.

Hilary Knight scored on a penalty shot at 2:29 of overtime Friday night to give the Boston Pride a 4-3 victory against the Beauts in Game One of the Cup final at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.

The Pride was awarded a penalty shot after a Beauts defender covered the puck with her hand during a scramble in the crease.

Kelley Steadman put the Beauts ahead, 3-2, on the power play in the third period. The Pride tied the game with a power-play goal of their own by Knight with 4:40 remaining in the third.

After a scoreless first period, the Pride took a 2-0 lead on goals by Blake Bolden and Gigi Marvin. Shelby Bram and Emily Pfalzer tied the game for the Beauts.

Game Two in the best-of-three series is at 7:30 Saturday night. Game Three, if necessary, is at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

The Pride had a 14-3-0-1 record during the regular season, while the Beauts were 5-9-0-4.