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PWHL Minnesota suffers tough 4-1 road loss to Toronto

Feb. 3—Teams never want to head into a lengthy break on a loss, as it's bad for momentum. Coming off an overtime win over New York, PWHL Minnesota had a chance to extend its win streak to two games and head into a 10-day break with heads held high. Unfortunately, that's the exact opposite of what they will be doing after a tough outing Saturday against Toronto.

Following a scoreless outing for most of the opening period, Natalie Spooner of Toronto struck first with her sixth goal of the season at the 19:06 mark. Shortly into the second, Minnesota tied things up thanks to Kendall Coyne Schofield, who got them on the board. About five minutes later, Renata Fast put Toronto up 2-1, which was the score at the end of the second, setting the stage for an interesting third period.

Things were close throughout much of the third, but Toronto essentially sealed the deal with a pair of goals at the 11:24 mark and then again at 11:40 to put themselves up 4-1 courtesy of Blayre Turnbull and Spooner once again. Minnesota had no answer and ultimately fell to Toronto with a final score of 4-1. They will now have 10 days to think about the loss before returning to action.

Perhaps returning home after three consecutive road games, two of which went to overtime, will give Minnesota the boost they need to get back on the right track when play resumes. They will host Ottawa on February 14. Minnesota previously played Ottawa on January 17 in a 3-2 overtime win.