Boston were at home playing back to back games this weekend, looking to maintain a perfect record. Meanwhile, the Rivs were hoping to cause an upset in what could easily be the matchup for the Isobel Trophy Final, and Buffalo were hoping to gain any points to help them lift themselves further above the Whale.
New York Riveters 3 – 4 Boston Pride
Buffalo Beauts 1 – 7 Boston Pride
3rd Star – Amanda Kessel (New York Riveters, 2G)
In a week where Boston dominated the scoresheet, it would be easy to overlook the effort put in by the Rivs to push Boston to the limit, forcing them to come back from a 3-1 deficit to pick up the two points. Kessel was instrumental in this lead, scoring twice, but that wasn’t enough. Although it’s encouraging, maybe next week in Newark, Kessel and her team will be able to cause an upset.
2nd Star – Hilary Knight (Boston Pride, 3G 2A across two games)
Since returning to the team, Knight has been on absolute fire. With her 5 point weekend, she has now brought herself up to a total of 8 goals and 6 assists in just 9 games! If she keeps this form up going into the postseason, it’s hard to see how Boston won’t once again be Isobel Trophy Champions.
— bdz sports (@bdzsports) March 7, 2017
1st Star – Brianna Decker (Boston Pride, 3G 6A across two games)
Carpenter may have been the new kid on the block, quickly jumping to the top of the scoring leaderboard, but Brianna Decker is the experienced veteran who can turn on the gas when needed. She recorded her second 4 point game on Saturday and then got her first 5 point game of the season against the Beauts, extending her multi-point per streak to 4 games. She now leads the scoring leaderboard with 30 points.
Lauren Slebodnick made 24 saves out of 25 to record a 0.960% save percentage: the best from any goalie over the weekend.
Alex Carpenter would have been in my three stars on any other week, recording a 4 point game with a goal and three assists.
Janine Weber had 2 assists to help her bid to be considered MVP for the season.
— New York Riveters (@NYRiveters) March 4, 2017
Not So Honourable Mentions:
Katie Fitzgerald only put up a 0.800% save percentage against the Pride’s offence, while the tandem of Amanda Leveille and Brianne McLaughlin only managed a 0.821% save percentage between them.
Megan Bozek registered 5 shots on goal but had nothing to show for it except ending the night with a -3 plus/minus rating.
The Buffalo Beauts have now lost 4 games in a row.
All 4 teams will be in action for the final weekend of the regular season, where Boston and NY will face off in Newark, battling for momentum going into the playoffs. Meanwhile, Whale and Beauts will play in a crucial tiebreaker game which will decide who claims the 3rd seed in the standings.