There was little in common between the Minnesota Whitecaps’ thrilling 6-5 win on Sunday over the Toronto Six and their 1-0 win on Tuesday over the Metropolitan Riveters.
But one similarity? Late heroics from rookie Haley Mack. Mack’s goal with 10.5 seconds left in regulation on Tuesday night lifted the Whitecaps over the Riveters, leaving them the sole undefeated team in the NWHL’s bubble in Lake Placid, N.Y.
The Whitecaps were coming off a game in which they fell behind to Toronto, at one point 5-1, before climbing all the way back and eventually taking the win when Mack converted in the fifth round of the shootout.
The game included a brief benching for Amanda Leveille, one of the league’s best goaltenders.
But Leveille, who was 36 for 37 in save attempts during the Whitecaps’ (3-0) first game of the season against Boston, was flawless on Tuesday, making 38 saves in the win. She was matched nearly all game by Sonjia Shelly, who stopped 36 of 37 shots on goal for the Riveters (2-1).
The two teams looked destined for overtime until the last minute of the game when the Riveters took two penalties just 14 seconds apart. A holding penalty sent Rebecca Morse to the box, and a subsequent hooking penalty by Riveters captain Madison Packer put her in too.
The Whitecaps didn’t let the 5-on-3 opportunity pass by them, with Mack’s goal coming less than 30 seconds later. Mack’s shot, assisted by Meghan Lorence and Sydney Baldwin, beat Shelly five-hole to lift the Whitecaps to their third straight win.
The undefeated Whitecaps will take on the Connecticut Whale on Thursday night at 7:30 p.m., and the game will be streamed live on Twitch.