Brittany Ott shines in CWHL debut for Boston Blades

After a stellar four-year career with the University of Maine Black Bears, Brittany Ott is graduating to women’s pro hockey. Having rewritten many Black Bears goaltending records, Ott will be essential for the Boston Blades ambitions of repeating as Clarkson Cup champions.

With the absence of backstops Genevieve Lacasse and Molly Schaus to their respective national centralization camps (in preparation for the 2014 Sochi Winter Games), the Blades were faced with a significant gap between the pipes. The selection of Ott in the 2013 CWHL Draft may prove to be just the remedy they require.

Ott had her opportunity to start for the Blades in the second game of the 2013-14 Canadian Women’s Hockey League season. A Sunday afternoon tilt on November 3 would signify the first game of her Blades career. Competing against opposing goalie Jamie Miller of the Brampton Thunder at Boss Ice Arena, it would not take long for the Blades to provide Ott with a lead.

At the 2:48 mark of the first frame, Jill Cardella scored to give the black and gold an early lead. Only 13 seconds later, Brampton’s first round pick Jess Jones would become the answer to a trivia question as she scored the first goal on Ott in CWHL play.

After close to 11 minutes of scoreless play, Jessica Koizumi would regain the lead for Boston. With 20 seconds left, rookie Rachel Llanes would score with assists going to Blake Bolden and Ashley Cottrell. Going into intermission, the Blades enjoyed a 3-1 lead as Ott only faced six shots.

The second stanza would find Ott tested for the first time in her CWHL career. With penalties to Koizumi and Maggie Taverna within 31 seconds of each other, Brampton enjoyed a 5-on-3 power play opportunity. Showing great poise in the crease, Ott nullified the advantage as Brampton went scoreless.

While Brampton outshot Boston by a 9-8 count in the second, it was Boston that would continue to place the biscuit in the basket. Goals by rookie Casey Pickett and first round pick Jillian Dempsey showed that a bright future is ahead for these two promising stars.

Although Lindsay Vine would manage to score on Ott in the final frame, the Blades cruised to a 7-2 victory. With Boston having peppered Miller with 43 shots, Ott only had to face 21 shots from the beleaguered Brampton squad. Despite the Blades having lost over a dozen players due to centralization or retirement, Ott and fellow rookie Alissa Fromkin have the goaltending situation in good hands.

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