Natalie Spooner scored twice while Kristen Campbell pitched a shutout as Toronto got their first home win in the PWHL against New York on Friday night. Toronto are now tied with three other teams, including New York, with eight points on the season. Toronto has played the most games (8) so they're still at the bottom of the standings.
The trip out of the PDO freezer starts with a single step and Toronto started making progress as they out-shot New York 30-19, with Spooner scoring twice on five shots. Spooner's second goal came on the power play, meaning Toronto scored on one of three advantages they had in the game.
This first goal from Spooner was world class. She made Corrine Schroeder and defender Johanna Fallman look out of her league with the power move she made to go forehand-backhand around the defender and through the blue paint for the goal.
For her second dish of the night, Spooner found her own rebound at the side of the net before Brooke Hobson could find her. Her goal with seven minutes left in the game was a dagger Toronto has felt way too many times in this young season.
And when there's spoons about, you have to assume there will be soup. Kristen Campbell stopped all 19 shots she faced for the shutout. The fact she faced fewer than 20 shots shows the progress the roster in front of her has made to improve their play to a dominant level. They've out-shot their opponents the last few games now, and this time they got the result.
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