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Pregame: 1/27, Riveters at Beauts

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Connor Murphy

How to Watch

Time - 7:30PM

Location - Buffalo, NY

Where to Watch - Free Stream Here via NWHL's YouTube Channel

Preview

The New York Riveters (4-6-2) hit the road to take on the Buffalo Beauts (4-6-1) tonight in their first of two games this weekend. The Riveters suffered a heartbreaking loss last week at the hands of the undefeated Boston Pride. New York has twice brought Boston to the brink but come up just short, losing once in the shootout and again in the final 20 seconds of last week’s game.

The only other team to take the Pride past regulation this season is the Beauts. Buffalo has not played since their 3-0 loss to New York on January 14. The Beauts trail the Riveters by a single point in the standings with a game in hand. The previous meetings between these two clubs have been some of the best in the league this season, featuring back-and-forth action and highlight moments.

However, New York have been steadily improving in the last couple months and the return of Amanda Kessel may prove to be the catalyst which sets them apart from Buffalo and Connecticut. The Riveters put forth their best performance of the season two weeks ago in their shutout win against these Beauts and will certainly look to recapture that tonight. With the game tonight and another in Connecticut against the Whale on Sunday, the Riveters have an opportunity to get some breathing room in the standings very quickly.

Players to Watch

New York Riveters:

#35 G Katie Fitzgerald (9 GP | 3 W | 2.65 GAA | .916 SV% | 2 SO) - Katie Fitzgerald has been a revelation in the blue paint for New York this season. The unheralded St. Cloud State alum came into the preseason in a goaltending duo with South Korean Olympian Sojung Shin. After some early stuggles from both players, Fitzgerald has run away with the starting job and has proven her capabilities between the pipes, often single-handedly keeping her team in games. She recorded her second shutout of the season against Buffalo two weeks ago.

Buffalo Beauts:

#23 F Corrine Buie (11 GP | 6 G | 2 A) - Corrine Buie is tied for first place in the goal-scoring race in the league. The 24 year old from Providence College has been deadly on the powerplay this season for Buffalo with five of her six goals scored on the man-advantage. The Beauts are running a 25% powerplay which has played a major part in their victories. However, they will need to earn every chance against a defensively stalwart Riveters team.