After seeing off Buffalo, 6-2 in Rochester last week, the Metropolitan Riveters looked to complete the sweep of the other three teams this weekend. Meanwhile Boston were still searching for their first win of the year to avoid dropping three games in a row, something that has never happened in franchise history.
Metropolitan Riveters 5 – 1 Connecticut Whale
Boston Pride 3 – 5 Buffalo Beauts
3rd Star – Katie Fitzgerald (Metropolitan Riveters, 27 Saves)
It’s starting to get to the point where we expect such outstanding performances from Fitzgerald week in wee out, as she once again provided a solid platform for her team to claim victory. It’s still early days, but with 3 wins out of 3, along with a 0.948 save percentage, she is putting an early bid in for goal tender of the year. If nothing else she is enjoying some red hot form.
— NWHL (@NWHL) November 13, 2017
2nd Star – Rebecca Russo (Metropolitan Riveters, 2G 1A)
Russo had 3 goals during the entirety of the 2016/17 season, she already has 4 this year. The form she is showing is hinting at a breakout year for the returning Rivs player. She not only scored twice on Saturday, one being the game winner, but assisted on another, giving her a three point night. Many things are going right for the Rivs as they have now won three in a row, and Russo is turning out to be a key part of their success.
1st Star – Taylor Accursi (Buffalo Beauts, 2G)
Accursi has had an incredible start to her NWHL career, riding a three game goal scoring streak, potting two more in the Beauts 5-3 victory over the Pride. This brings her total up to a league leading 5 goals. Her shooting percentage is above the 40% mark, which will most likely settle down to a reasonable number but she has certainly shown goalies that although she might be a rookie, her shot is one to be respected.
.@Accursi6 is the NWHL’s Player of the Week! Congrats 9️⃣5️⃣!
— Buffalo Beauts (@BuffaloBeauts) November 13, 2017
Jenny Ryan scored her first NWHL goal against the Whale while also picking up her third assist of the season, giving her 4 points in her last 2 games.
Courtney Burke showed that defence isn’t the only game she can play as the blue liner helped on an incredible 4 of the 5 goals that Buffalo scored. This brings her total assists to a league leading 6, she had 8 in 13 regular season games last year.
Despite seeing her team lose 5-3, Haley Skarupa provided plenty of offence chances for the Pride as she recorded 10 SOG and 1 goal.
The Rivs and Beauts both made good when they had the woman advantage with their power plays operating at 33% and 25% respectively. They both had a 100% PK rate also.
Not So Honourable Mentions:
The Pride have now lost 3 regular season games in a row, a new franchise record.
Kaliya Johnson was -3 on the night and failed to have any other impact on the scoresheet. Meanwhile Jordan Brickner also registered -3 but did manage 3 shots on goal.
The Metropolitan Riveters are enjoying some early season success as they go from strength to strength. They will be feeling pretty confident about improving to 4-0 as they face Buffalo in Buffalo next week. Meanwhile, Boston will continue to search for their first win of the year as they face off against the Whale, who themselves will be wanting to return to 0.500 on the season.