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Connecticut Whale host Buffalo in Milford as PHF action ventures into rare midweek play

Women's professional ice hockey fans in southern Connecticut have an opportunity to catch the Connecticut Whale in action on Tuesday night (Jan. 17) at the Milford Ice Arena.

The Premier Hockey Federation franchise, back home after a neutral site game in Pittsburgh last Saturday, will be suiting up for a 7 p.m. contest rescheduled when the visiting Buffalo Beauts could not make it to Milford due to weather conditions earlier in the season.

The Whale (4-5-1) are preparing for their first and only weeknight doubleheader of the season in the middle of a five-game-in-eight-day stretch. The Beauts (1-7-2), who were swept by Boston this past weekend, also face off against Connecticut at the International Skating Center of Connecticut in Simsbury on Wednesday, Jan. 18.

Connecticut Whale veteran captain Shannon Turner will lead the charge as the Whale battle the Buffalo Beauts on Tuesday at the Milford Ice Arena. (File photo courtesy of Connecticut Whale.)

The Whale are 14-15-2 in the all-time series against the Buffalo Beauts. In the 2020-21 season, the Whale dominated the season series with a four-game sweep. Their 14 wins over the Beauts are the second-most wins against a team, following a 15-14-2 all-time record against the Metropolitan Riveters. Connecticut locked down its third shutout all-time and the first of their eighth season in the final game of the season series, where they beat the Buffalo Beauts 4-0 at Danbury Ice Arena on March 13, 2022. In the 2021-22 season series, the Whale outscored the Beauts 15-5. Connecticut scored at least three goals in every meeting. Whale 2022-23 season leaders Goals: Kennedy Marchment (8) Assists: Taylor Girard/Allie Munroe (9) Points: Taylor Girard/Kennedy Marchment (14) Beauts 2022-23 season leaders Goals: Claudia Kepler (4) Assists: Mikyla Grant-Mentis (6) Points: Claudia Kepler (9) The Whale are returning to Connecticut after honoring the Pittsburgh Pennies on Saturday, Jan. 14 where they fell to the Montreal Force, 5-4, at the UPMC Mario Lemieux Sports Complex. Six of the original Pittsburgh Pennies were in attendance and participated in a ceremonial puck drop as well as read the Whale starting lineup in the locker room. Players in attendance were: Jean Lombardi (#15), Barb Deshong Greil (#3), Patti Gaab (#12), Kathleen Berg (#17), Shelley Starkey (#10), and Stephanie Strauch St Legar (#2). The homestand will contain the only Whale home game not streamed on ESPN+. The Milford Ice Arena game will be available via radio broadcast on Mixlr, a free streaming platform, on the PHF Radio Network ( Sam Fryman and Matt Wallace will be on the call for the Whale. The ISCC game will be streamed on ESPN+, TSN, and affiliates

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