PHF Weekend Recap: A pair of slim victories get the Toronto Six back to winning ways

A wonderful winning weekend was well worth watching in the pair of games between the Metropolitan Riveters and the Toronto Six. The PHF season is winding down, with this being the 3rd-last weekend series that Toronto will have before the Isobel Cup playoffs will begin.
Saturday February 26th
This weekend’s first game marked a few special and/or interesting occasions. Firstly, the Metropolitan Riveters debuted this awesome alternate jersey, featuring a Black “Rosie the Riveter” on their jersey crest, instead of the typical but classic Rosie that normally exhibits herself on the Riveters’ chests. The design, by Jo Dabney is absolutely gorgeous, and while I’m hesitant to sport merch of a rival team, I’m on the cusp of buying one myself. (And one of these epic Beauts alternate jerseys they wore last Monday).

since it’s a bit unclear…
hi i’m Jo, I’m the @BlackGirlHockey designer and I designed the Black Rosie @Riveters jersey
my portfolio is here: https://t.co/OA8HMLlQsw pic.twitter.com/qn2Kk0fNm4
— jo (@notafan_jo) February 25, 2022

Secondly, this is the first games since the PHF announced a roster expansion that includes allowing 18 skaters in each game. As such, the Six went with 11 forwards and 7 defenders this weekend.

Lineups for this afternoons matchup! pic.twitter.com/OpFptl57fj
— Toronto Six (@TheTorontoSix) February 26, 2022

The third story line is that this is Breanne Wilson-Bennett‘s season debut, after she played with the Six in Season 6, but was not with the team to start the season. Wilson-Bennett is an energetic, feisty forward that centered the third line in most of last year’s season and is a great net front presence despite her diminutive size. This year, Coach Mark Joslin starts her off with a spot on the Captain Shiann Darkangelo‘s wing, hoping, I’m sure, to kickstart her season well. The Riveters had their own season debutant, as veteran Kiira Dosdal-Arena returned to the team after a maternity leave.
After a scoreless 1st period, the Riveters took a lead over the Six, something that hasn’t been easy to do. Kendall Cornine opened the scoring for the Riveters with this clean up play in front of the net as Elaine Chuli left an unfortunate rebound there to capitalize on:

KENDALL SCORNINE BREAKS THE ICE! pic.twitter.com/TQKEtSAb0r
— PHF (@PHF) February 26, 2022

In fact, it was a 2-goal lead, after this shorthanded breakaway goal by Haley Frade squeaked past Chuli. At this point, th …

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Author: Ryan Hobart / The Leafs Nation

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Pelicans Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Feb. 14

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Pelicans Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Feb. 14

The Toronto Raptors saw their eight-game winning streak snapped, as Nikola Jokic and the Nuggets were just too much to handle. Luckily for Nick Nurse and the rest of the team, the most recent Raptors odds have them positioned as the favorite despite a road matchup against a hot team. The New Orleans Pelicans, fresh […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Panic or Patience? 3 potentially concerning trends for the Raptors

Panic or Patience? 3 potentially concerning trends for the Raptors

The Toronto Raptors recently saw a six-game winning streak snapped at the hands of Chris Paul and the Phoenix Suns. While Fred VanVleet kept playing at an All-Star level and Pascal Siakam had one of his best days, the team was unable to overcome such a deep, composed Suns team. With Toronto sitting at 20-18 […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Coming off miserable 2021, Michael Conforto could be a perfect match for Blue Jays

After winning the George Springer sweepstakes last off-season, the Toronto Blue Jays may find themselves in a similar position this winter where they possess a chance to dramatically improve their outfield through free agency.
But will the front office ultimately take that option whenever this current lockout ends? Only time will tell.
As currently constructed, Toronto’s outfield at the major league level is set to feature Springer, Teoscar Hernandez, Lourdes Gurriel Jr. and Randal Grichuk next season. While that’s a suitable group to open the year with, however, there’s no question this organization could benefit from making an upgrade.
Looking to the free-agent market, outfielder Michael Conforto is someone who should immediately jump off the page, especially given his seven seasons of major league experience. Along with serving as a veteran presence, the 28-year-old would also check several boxes off on the Blue Jays’ wish list, starting with his left-handedness.
It’s no secret this organization needs a reliable left-handed hitter, and even though Conforto is nearing his age-30 season, inching closer to that threshold likely wouldn’t prevent him from balancing out this team’s offence in …

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Author: Thomas Hall / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Bucks Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Jan. 5

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Bucks Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Jan. 5

The Toronto Raptors have started off 2022 hot, winning their first two games at home against the Knicks and Spurs to climb back to .500 on the season. Unfortunately, the latest Raptors odds are hinting that they won’t be able to maintain that start against one of the league’s best. Toronto is set to take […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Seravalli’s trade target list has a few big ticket options for the Leafs to consider

Seravalli’s trade target list has a few big ticket options for the Leafs to consider

The Leafs are winning, why would they make a trade?
Well…you could argue that they don’t need to. You could argue that it will be hard for them to afford to. And you could argue they don’t have the moveable assets to pull it off, but frankly you’re just being a downer. The reality is that good teams add and don’t accept being good, they try to be better. The reality is the Leafs have found a way to make difficult salary cap moves before and it’s likely to happen again. And of course, when you look at the moveable assets piece, as long as some salary is heading out there’s no shortage of prospects, and draft picks (if you include the 2023 draft) to make something work. So yeah, we’re going to talk upgrades from time to time, and this week Frank Seravalli provided us with a list of names to consider.
You can check out Nick Barden’s look at Justin Holl’s availability. We’ve talked about a number of the players on the list already (Dylan Strome, Jake DeBrusk, Vitali Kravtsov, and JT Miller.)
That gives us four new( …

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Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation

Leafs kick off California road trip with rematch against the Kings

The Leafs have been doing a lot of winning lately – 11 of their last 13 to be exact – but one of those two losses came in a lackluster showing against the Los Angeles Kings just over two weeks ago. It was an off night for the Leafs but it wasn’t as lopsided as the 5-1 score indicated and the Leafs were able to shake it off and get back on track to win their next five games. They will be looking to avenge a loss against a Kings team that has struggled to score goals during a stretch that has seen them go 2-2-2 since their last meeting with the Leafs.
Wednesday night’s matchup will serve as a homecoming of sorts for Jack Campbell, Jake Muzzin, and Kyle Clifford who was recently reacquired and subsequently recalled to the Leafs’ roster. Though it feels like they have been with the club for a long time, Wednesday will be the first time that Campbell and Muzzin take the ice at Staples Center as members of the Maple Leafs. The Leafs were last in California right before the pandemic shut down the NHL season – and everything else – and Campbell sat on the …

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Author: Nick Richard / The Leafs Nation

Toronto Maple Leafs: 3 stars from week six of the season (November 14-20)

After entering week five on a five-game winning streak, the Toronto Maple Leafs fell to the Los Angeles Kings 5-1 on home ice and were determined to start a brand new winning streak the next game. Well, as we know, they ended the week going 3-0-0 against the Flyers, Flames, and Sabres which gave them a three-game winning streak heading into week six. Fast forward to last Tuesday, the Maple Leafs were ready to host a Nashville team that they haven’t seen in quite some time.
With another three-plus game-winning streak currently going on for the Maple Leafs, they were looking to extend it to four games as they played host to the Predators last week. They played yet another great 60-minute effort against that Nashville team as they picked up a 3-0 win, but it was much closer than it seemed as it was 1-0 for Toronto basically all game until the last four minutes of the third period when David Kampf potted home an insurance goal and then Marner followed it up with an empty-net goal to seal the deal.
Less than 48 hours later, they were set to host the New York Rangers for the second …

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Author: Joseph Zita / The Leafs Nation

Raptors: Kevin Durant expecting tough challenge from Toronto fans

Raptors: Kevin Durant expecting tough challenge from Toronto fans

The Toronto Raptors saw their five-game winning streak come to an end on Friday night against a solid Cavaliers team, but they don’t have a ton of time to sit around and sulk. Raptors fans will see their team embark on a brutal stretch of games that includes a tussle with Kevin Durant and the […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Nets Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Nov. 7

Raptors Game Tonight: Raptors vs Nets Odds, Starting Lineup, Injury Report, Predictions, TV Channel for Nov. 7

The Toronto Raptors finally saw their winning streak snapped, as their five-game run was halted excruciatingly when the Cavaliers came to Canada and beat them by just one point. The latest Raptors odds don’t seem as forgiving for Nick Nurse. For the first time this season, Toronto will face off against Kevin Durant, James Harden, […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ