The Toronto Six finished their season Friday after falling to the Boston Pride in the Isobel Cup semifinals. Despite the loss, the team made several achievements in their first season in the National Women’s Hockey League.
The 2021 season resumed yesterday after it was suspended in February due to positive COVID-19 cases. Last night, Boston and Toronto kicked off the first playoff game.
Boston started off with two back-to-back goals in the first period, but shortly after putting their second point on the board, Toronto’s Breanne Wilson-Bennett came back with a goal to cut the Pride’s lead to 2-1. In the second period, Boston scored two more goals, and then another two in the third. Toronto’s Mikyla Grant-Mentis came up with a goal around the 12-minute mark, however it wasn’t enough to push the Six into the finals. Boston finished the game with a 6-2 win over Toronto, and will be moving on to face the Connecticut Whale.
Looking back at the season, the Toronto team started off with two back-to-back losses, however, they bounced back to win the next four games in a row to claim the top seed in the league and clinch a playoff spot. In their last game against Connecticut, they even went 6-0 to take home the win.
This season, Mikyla Grant-Mentis was the team leader in points for Toronto, both in the regular season games and during the team’s playoff run. In the regular season she posted five goals and four assists and was plus-8 in the six games that she played. In the playoffs, she made one goal and one assist for the team.
Though the Six didn’t make it to the Isobel Cup finals this year, there were many firsts for both the team and the league. With their debut, the Six was the first Canadian team to form in the NWHL. With NBC Sports televising the playoff games in the U.S., this also marked the first time in history that professional women’s hockey has been televised on a major network. On top of this, the playoff games were called by an all-women’s broadcast team.
The Isobel Cup finals will be taking place tonight between Boston and Connecticut. For details on the playoffs and the league, visit www.nwhl.zone.
Photo: Boston Pride forward McKenna Brand and Toronto Six goaltender Elaine Chuli during a semifinal game of the 2021 Isobel Cup playoffs in Boston on Mar 26, 2021. (Michelle Jay/NWHL)