Boston beats Minnesota in double OT to force winner-take-all Game 5 in Walter Cup final | CBC Sports


Alina Müller scored 18:36 into the second overtime to give Boston a 1-0 win over host Minnesota on Sunday night, sending the battle for the Walter Cup as the first Professional Women’s Hockey League champion to a fifth and deciding game.

The do-or-die game is Wednesday in Lowell, Mass.

Theresa Schafzahl picked off a loose puck before she exited the Minnesota end, turned back to the middle of the ice and dropped a pass back to her right to Müller, who skated into the circle and beat Nicole Hensley high over her glove.

WATCH l Müller scores double-OT winner in Game 4:

Müller’s 2OT goal for Boston forces deciding Game 5 of Walter Cup final

Forward Alina Müller scores in double overtime and lifts Boston to a 1-0 victory over Minnesota to tie the inaugural PWHL championship series at 2-2. The deciding Game 5 will be played in Lowell, Mass., on Wednesday.

The goal came exactly a minute after a Minnesota goal was waved off because of goalie interference, bringing a cascade of boos from the record crowd of 13,104.

Taylor Heise carried the puck down the left side and went down as she cut to the goal. The puck slipped back to Sophie Jaques, who put it in the net as Heise crashed into Boston goalie Aerin Frankel.

“After that overturned goal, I knew we were going to get it,” Müller said. “Now we’re going to bring it home and we’re going to finish it. Unbelievable effort.”

WATCH l Sophie Jaques’s goal waved off after review:

Minnesota’s potential Walter Cup clinching goal waved off after review

During double-overtime in Game 4 of the Walter Cup final, Minnesota’s potential PWHL championship series-winning goal from Sophie Jaques was disallowed after review due to goalie interference.

Frankel made 33 saves and Hensley had 32.

Futility on the power play continued for both teams, who entered the game without a man advantage goal on six attempts. Minnesota went 0-for-5 and is now 2-for-26 in nine payoff games. Boston went 0-for-3 and is 0-for-15 in seven playoff games.

WATCH | Michela Cava’s slick finish secures Game 3 win for Minnesota:

Cava’s beauty leads Minnesota past Boston in Game 3 of Walter Cup final

Michela Cava scores a spectacular goal in the third period and Minnesota goes on to defeat Boston 4-1 to take a 2-1 lead in the PWHL championship series.


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