Whitecaps come up short with 4-3 loss in Isobel Cup Final

Give the Whitecaps credit. They showcased the heart of a champion on Saturday night at Warrior Ice Arena in Brighton, Mass.

Trailing the Boston Pride in the final minute of the Isobel Cup Final, the Whitecaps got a goal from Meaghan Pezon to make things interesting down the stretch. In the end, though, it wasn’t enough as the defending champion Whitecaps bowed out with a 4-3 loss.

“Resilient,” Whitecaps co-head coach Ronda Engelhardt said. “No matter what throughout the game they kept coming back. We did have some lulls where we got a little sloppy and each time we rebounded. We didn’t quit. We never game up that whole game.”

For the Whitecaps, the loss ends a lengthy reign atop the mountain. They got to hold the Isobel Cup an extra year after last year’s final against the Pride was cancelled due to COVID. In that sense, it’s fitting both teams met in this year’s final.

Allie Thunstrom scored a pair of goals for the Whitecaps to get the scoring started before Pezon netted a goal in the final minute. Amanda Leveille finished with 26 saves between the pipes.

Mary Parker, Jillian Dempsey, Lexie Laing, and Taylor Wenczkowski scored the goals for the Pride as they became the first team to win the Isobel Cup a second time.

Though it wasn’t the result the Whitecaps wanted, they held their head high postgame, knowing they rose to the occasion time and time again amid an unprecedented season.

“We are a team of fighters,” Whitecaps captain Winny Brodt-Brown said. “All these players have been playing through adversity all of their careers. That’s why we continued to fight back from behind. That’s a credit to the character of the players on our team. We would go to battle for each other. It was just a really fun team, and for a season that wasn’t ideal, we made the best of it.”

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