Explore the exhilarating journey of the New York Rangers' new hockey sisters as they made history in their PWHL franchise debut, shutting out Toronto.
The New York Rangers' new sisters burst onto the scene in their franchise debut, making a splash in the inaugural Professional Women's Hockey League (PWHL) game. They kicked off the season with style, delivering a commanding 4-0 shutout on Monday against Toronto up north at Mattamy Athletic Centre.
Corrine Schroeder etched her name in history, securing the league's first-ever shutout with 29 saves. The team unleashed a scoring frenzy in the third period, netting three goals in under 5 minutes. Ella Shelton fired up the scoreboard with the PWHL's maiden goal, courtesy of a faceoff win by the unstoppable Alex Carpenter. Carpenter, Jill Saulnier, and Kayla Vespa sealed the deal, wrapping up a victory six months later.
Rangers Roar: Witnessing the Birth of their PWHL Sisters:
On August 29, 2023, the big news dropped – New York was part of the PWHL's prestigious "Original Six," alongside Toronto, Montreal, Boston, Minnesota, and Ottawa. September 1 brought Pascal Daoust as General Manager, the mastermind from the QMJHL's Val-d'Or Foreurs. Fast forward to September 15, and Howie Draper from the University of Alberta was the inaugural head coach.
When free agency hit, New York made power moves, signing Alex Carpenter, Abby Roque, and Canadian superstar Micah Zandee-Hart as team captain. Total Mortgage Arena, home to the Bridgeport Islanders (AHL affiliate of the New York Islanders), was unveiled on November 28 as their home base.
To cap off this incredible milestone, the Rangers celebrated on Twitter, congratulating New York's official women's hockey team.
Now, New York's hockey ladies gear up for their first home game in Bridgeport this Friday against Toronto. You can watch all their games on MSG Networks and each PWHL game on their website for free.