Richards’ hat trick puts Minnesota in NWHL finals

Richards’ hat trick puts Minnesota in NWHL finals
Minnesota Whitecaps goalie Amanda Leveille (29) makes a pad-save during the second period of a semifinal game against the Connecticut Whale in the NWHL Isobel Cup hockey tournament Friday, March 26, 2021, in Boston. (Source: AP Photo/Mary Schwalm)

BOSTON (AP) — Audra Richards had a hat trick with an assist, Amanda Leveille made 44 saves and the Minnesota Whitecaps rolled to a 7-0 victory over the Connecticut Whale in the NWHL semifinals.

Allie Thunstrom added two goals and Nina Rodgers had three assists for Minnesota, the second seed, which plays for the Isobel Cup championship on Saturday against fourth-seeded Boston.

The Whitecaps, 2019 champions, were scheduled to play top-seeded Boston for the Cup last year before COVID-19 shut down the league two days before the finals.

Haylea Schmid and Haley Mack also scored for the Whitecaps.

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