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Beauts win fifth straight on Chesson's shootout goal

Lisa Chesson scored the decisive goal on the 10th round of the shootout Saturday to give the Buffalo Beauts a 1-0 victory over the Boston Price at HarborCenter. It was Buffalo's fifth straight victory, the last two in a shootout, in the National Womens Hockey League.

The Beauts twice took the lead in the shootout only to see a Boston shooter match it and send it on to another.

After neither side was able to score in the first five rounds, Corinne Buie scored for Buffalo in Round 6. Jordan Smelker of the Pride matched it, however. In the Round 8, Sarah Edney scored for the Beauts, but Corey Stearns evened things again.

Kourtney Kunichika of the Beauts and Alyssa Garliardo did not scored in Round 9 Then Chesson, a 21-year-old defender from Ohio State, tallied and Michaela Levine of the Pride was unable to match it.
Each team's goalie stood out, but Brittany Ott of the Pride was especially brilliant with 47 saves, including eight in overtime when her team was outshot, 8-1. Buffalo's Amanda Leveille had 25 saves.

Buffalo was 0 for 5 on the power play while Boston failed connect in three opportunities.

The Beauts (7-4-0, 14 points) haven't lost since Dec. 10 when they fell to the first-place Metropolitan Riveters, 2-4. Their next game will be against the Riveters (10-0-0, 20 points) at HarborCenter on Saturday at 1 p.m.



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