Team Adidas continues its dominance in St. Louis.
The PWHPA wrapped up the U.S. leg of the 2021 Secret Dream Gap Tour this past weekend in St. Louis. The tour began in New York on February 27th and featured two star-studded teams. The winner of the two remaining games in St. Louis would be awarded the Secret Cup.
Team Adidas is composed of players based in Minnesota and features Olympic gold medalists Hillary Knight and Kelly Pannek. Throughout the tour, they faced off against the New Hampshire based Team Women’s Sports Foundation, named in honor of the organization founded by legendary tennis player Billie Jean King to increase gender equality in sports.
Team Adidas went into the St. Louis Showcase with an 8–2 lead over Team WSF after the first four games. The PWHPA uses a unique scoring system in which teams are awarded points based on the nature of their victories, and additional points can be scored by a player’s individual accomplishment, such as hat tricks or shutouts. Team Adidas looked to continue their winning ways in St. Louis, but Team WSF would not go down without a fight.
Both teams kept it close in the first game of the weekend. Team Adidas held a narrow 2–1 lead entering the third period. As the time ticked away Team WSF was forced to empty the net, which allowed Team Adidas’ Kelly Pannek to deliver the dagger and secure the 3–1 win over Team WSF.
It was now or never for Team WSF entering the second game of the weekend, and the final game of the U.S leg of the tour. Their hopes took a hit after Team Adidas was able to score the first goal of the match in just 16 seconds, but Team WSF persisted, responding with a goal of their own at the end of the first period. Then Team WSF were able to shut down the Adidas offense in the second period as they took a 2–1 lead heading into the third frame.
Team Adidas made some adjustments of their own heading into the third period, resulting in an offensive explosion that produced three goals in the final period to dash the dreams of Team WSF.
The Minnesotians dominated throughout the tour and with their valiant final victory, Team Adidas clinched the Secret Cup. The next leg of the Tour will be played across the northern border featuring three new teams based in Montreal, Toronto, and Calgary.
The Canadian Leg of the Tour will begin May 24th in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The showcase will see Team Bauer (Montreal), Team Sonnet (Toronto) and Team Scotiabank (Calgary) facing off in a round robin format.