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Pregame: 1/14, Riveters at Beauts

Connor Murphy

The Riveters are finally back in action tonight against the Buffalo Beauts. The puck drops at the HarborCenter at 7:30pm tonight. This will be New York’s first game since December 18th.

Note: the Beauts will be wearing some special jerseys tonight.

  • Riveters: 3-5-2 record. Leading scorers: Rebecca Russo (11), Janine Weber (9), Miye D’Oench (8)
  • Beauts: 4-5-1 record. Leading scorers: Kelley Steadman (10), Kourtney Kunichika (9), Shiann Darkangelo and Corinne Buie (8)

The Riveters will need to stay out of the box tonight. Buffalo forward Buie has five power play goals this year and the Beauts have the most dangerous power play in the NWHL by a wide margin. Buffalo delivers on 28.9 percent of their opportunities on the man advantage. Tonight is not a night for careless penalties.

This is the Riveters’ first game after the All-Star rosters were announced. Six skaters from New York and goaltender Katie Fitzgerald will be attending the All-Star Weekend in Pittsburgh in February.

Buffalo is coming off of a huge 6-5 win over Connecticut from last weekend. Steadman and Kunichika each had three point games. Steadman, a captain of one of the All-Star teams this year, has 10 points in five games this season.

Speaking of All-Star captains... it looks like Amanda Kessel will be back in the lineup for the Riveters tonight (unofficial). If she is, it will be her first time playing in an NWHL game since October 8th. If this indeed Kessel’s return, she is the player to watch tonight.

Lauren Wash, the Riveters’ newest signing, might also be making her NWHL debut tonight. How her speed impacts the third line will be worth keeping an eye on.

You can watch tonight’s game on the league’s free stream on YouTube and on Cheddar TV. Even with the return of Kessel, getting back to a .500 record will be no small task. After tonight’s game the Riveters will host the Pride next Saturday in Newark.