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Riveters shine in All-Star Weekend

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Connor Murphy

The Riveters’ seven All-Stars shined in Pittsburgh in front of a sold out crowd yesterday.

After the Skills Competition, where Rebecca Russo won fastest skater honors, Team Kessel started yesterday’s game with a 3-2 lead in the score.

“It was very fun– walking out, seeing all the people, hearing people cheer for everyone,” said Buffalo’s Harrison Browne. “There are people that want to watch the game. It shows good promise for women’s hockey moving forward.”

The All-Star Game was two 25-minute periods with four-on-four play and the Riveters players on both Team Kessel and Team Steadman were big factors in an 11-10 final score. A much different result than the lopsided final score from last year’s All-Star Game.

Madison Packer had a two-goal game in her second NWHL All-Star game and her Riveters’ linemate Russo scored a goal of her own for Team Kessel. Rookie goaltender Katie Fitzgerald allowed just two goals while playing for Team Steadman. But the best performance of the night was Amanda Kessel’s and her hat trick.

Kessel earned MVP honors in yesterday’s game. Her hat trick empty net goal was answered by Kelley Steadman. But it was too little too late. Kessel’s team won the game 11-10.

Other news from the All-Star Weekend included Beauts’ goaltender Brianne McLaughlin announcing her retirement at the end of the season. And last week the Boston Pride traded Zoe Hickel to the Connecticut Whale for a first round pick and future considerations.

The Riveters will play their penultimate regular season home game this Sunday in Newark against the Connecticut Whale.

The Riveters go into Sunday’s game with a two game winning streak on the line. They have a 6-3-3 record in their last 12 games. The last time the two teams met the Riveters bested the Whale 8-6 at the Northford Ice Pavilion.