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Riveters: Kelley Steadman suspended one game for illegal hit on Kiira Dosdall

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Dosdall Pregame Mike Murphy

From the NWHL’s official press release of the suspension:

Steadman’s illegal body check resulted in an injury to Dosdall. Steadman, playing without a stick, attempted to make a play to stop Dosdall in front of the Buffalo bench. Foregoing a play on the puck, Steadman checked Dosdall with her shoulder and finished the contact by extending her arms through the Riveters defenseman. Prior to the hit, Dosdall made a pass off the boards and was left vulnerable and unprepared for body contact. The play resulted in Dosdall being hit into the edge of the boards.

According to the NWHL’s Player Safety Committee the play was considered boarding. And, as per the NWHL’s rules, any boarding play that results in injury will result in a major penalty and a game misconduct or match penalty. That did not happen on Sunday.

Steadman was given two minutes for body checking on the play. She returned to the game after her minor penalty was served and eventually was credited with an assist on the game-winning-goal by Shiann Darkangelo in overtime.

Steadman will miss the Beauts’ November 20th game in Buffalo against the Boston Pride with her suspension.

The Riveters are already without rookie defender Courtney Burke for about a month because of a suspected lower-body injury. The injury to Kiira Dosdall, one of the team’s most consistent and reliable players, is a serious blow to the blue line.

Defender Rebecca Morse made her debut for the Riveters last weekend because of Burke’s injury. It appears that Sydney Kidd is back with the team on the practice squad. if Dosdall’s injury keeps her out of the lineup on Sunday we should expect to see Kidd or Gabie Figueroa on the blue line.