The Buffalo Beauts were no match for the Connecticut Whale on Saturday night.
The Beauts dropped a 6-1 decision to the Whale in North Branford, Conn. Connecticut was playing its first game of the season at home, and it seemed happy to be there.
The Whale moved to 3-4-1, while the Beauts fell to 3-5. Both teams are chasing the Boston Pride, which has an 8-0 record in the National Women’s Hockey League.
Nicole Kosta opened the fast start for Connecticut by scoring a short-handed goal less than nine minutes into the first period. Kelly Stack added another score about three minutes later to make it 2-0 for the host team.
Sam Faber and Kosta turned it into a 4-0 advantage in the middle of the second period. When the game was about half over, Buffalo had only five shots on goal.
That changed when the Beauts got some power plays. Buffalo finished the period with 14 shots, and one of them went in - Corinne Buie had the score with the advantage.
Stack and Faber rounded out the scoring for Connecticut in the third period when each scored here second goal of the game.
The Whale had a 42-21 advantage in shots. That translated into a busy night for Buffalo goalie Brianne McLaughlin, who finished with 36 saves.
Buffalo is done for the calendar year. The Beauts’ next game will be on January 7 back at Connecticut. Buffalo will be home a week later when the New York Riveters come to HarborCenter for a contest.