Boston Goaltender Aerin Frankel Shines as Team Takes 2-0 Lead in PWHL Semifinals

Boston's PWHL team wins two thrilling overtime games against Montreal, with goalie Aerin Frankel setting a PWHL record with 109 saves. Boston can advance to the PWHL Finals with a win in Game 3 on Tuesday.

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Boston Goaltender Aerin Frankel Shines as Team Takes 2-0 Lead in PWHL Semifinals

Boston Goaltender Aerin Frankel Shines as Team Takes 2-0 Lead in PWHL Semifinals

The Boston team in the Professional Women's Hockey League (PWHL) is on the brink of reaching the finals after winning two thrilling overtime games against the Montreal team. Goaltender Aerin Frankel has been the star of the series, making a PWHL record 109 saves through the first two games.

In Game 1, Frankel set a then-PWHL record with a 53-save performance in Boston's 2-1 overtime victory. She followed that up by shattering her own mark, stopping 56 shots in a 2-1 triple overtime win in Game 2. The 24-year-old netminder boasts a 0.65 goals against average and a .982 save percentage in the 2024 postseason.

Boston's journey to the semifinals hit a few bumps during the regular season, but the team caught its second wind after a league-wide International Break from March 26 to April 17. Seven Boston players, including Frankel, competed in the Women's World Championship in Utica, New York during the break. The rest of the squad took the opportunity to bond, attending Boston Celtics, Bruins, and Red Sox games together.

"Our team is a family, and I think they worked extremely hard while the World Championships were going on," Frankel said. Despite facing a deluge of shots, the young goalie remains laser-focused. "You can look at it as a five-game series or you can take it period by period. That's what's helped me stay focused, treating each period as a small game," she explained.

Boston can punch its ticket to the PWHL Finals with a win in Game 3 on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Tsongas Center in Lowell, Massachusetts. Montreal finds itself in a 2-0 hole but has not been outplayed by any means in the series. The next game could prove pivotal in determining which team ultimately moves on to compete for the championship.

Key Takeaways

  • Boston's Aerin Frankel sets PWHL record with 109 saves in 2 games.
  • Frankel's 53-save and 56-save performances lead Boston to 2-0 series lead.
  • Boston can reach PWHL Finals with win in Game 3 on Tuesday.
  • Montreal trails 2-0 but has not been outplayed in the series.
  • Frankel boasts 0.65 GAA and .982 SV% in 2024 postseason.