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McLaughlin Makes 60 Saves En Route To NWHL Championship

McLaughlin Makes 60 Saves En Route To NWHL Championship

There’s coming up clutch in a big game, then there’s what Brianne McLaughlin did for the Buffalo Beauts in the 2017 NWHL Isobel Cup final.

In a rematch of last year’s final, the Beauts netminder turned away 60 shots from the heavily favourited Boston Pride in a 3-2 win on Sunday night to capture Buffalo’s first Isobel Cup championship. She also took home game MVP honours for her effort.

The former Robert Morris University goaltender also announced that it would be her final game as a professional play, retiring on top at the conclusion of the game. What a way to go out!

She spoke to the media after the game about the win, and what it felt like to retire as a champion:

Thanks to The Ice Garden for the clip.

It was a great ending to the season, and to McLaughlin’s career. She posted a 2-8-1 record during the regular season, alongside a 3.47 goals-against-average and .896 save percentage – but really turned it up for her playoff performance.

Congrats Brianne!

About The Author

Greg Balloch

Greg Balloch is a Vancouver-based writer, broadcaster, and goaltending coach. His career began in Hamilton, Ontario as the voice of the Junior 'A' Hamilton Red Wings, before moving to Vancouver to cover the Canucks for CISL 650. A lifelong goaltender, he has been teaching the position for over a decade. He is currently an instructor for Pro4 Sports, and is the goaltending consultant for the BCHL's Surrey Eagles.

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