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New York Riveters Fall to Buffalo Beauts After Recent Two Game Win Streak

It had been two weeks since the New York Riveters have played in front of their home crowd at the Aviators Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn. Fans boisterously welcomed their ladies for last night’s matchup against the Buffalo Beauts, hopeful that they could continue their recent success.

The Riveters started their season in a hole of three losses, no wins. The last two weeks, the Riveters have gained some positive ground by beating the Boston Pride on back to back Sundays. Heading into last night’s matchup with a record of 3-2-0, the Rivs battled the winless Beauts in a fight to uphold their recent advancement in the standings. Earlier in the day, the Pride fell to the undefeated CT Whale, in a game that was broadcasted on New England Sports Network (NESN). The Network announced just a week and a half ago they have picked up eight Boston Pride home games for the remainder of this inaugural 2015-2016 season. Viewers outside of New England can catch the games on ESPN 3! Developments are happening every week, the league is gaining popularity as the seconds go by.

With the Holiday season upon us, it is no surprise the home team hosted a canned food and coat drive prior to the game. By providing five cans or one coat, you can save 33% off future tickets to New York Riveters home games. That would be a no brainer for any hockey fan! Giving season is upon us, friends.

As play got underway, the semi-sloppy, aggressive attack of the Rivs cost them two penalties in the first six minutes. The Beauts failed to capitalize on the early opportunity to strike first, although they got some great scoring chances. Kelley Steadman of Buffalo at one point found herself on a 1-on-4 rush, and still managed to get a shot on net.  Ending the first period with a man advantage again, score was still 0-0, although the Beauts outshot to Rivs 8-6.

After back to back penalties and some 4-on-4 action, the Rivs scored the first of the game more than halfway through the second, a surprising even strength goal by Madison Packer, assist from Celeste Brown. Rivs up one nil. Ending the second the Beauts would be on top in shots on goal (20-19), with no pucks passing between the pipes. Yet.

Devon Skeats struck first and again second for the Beauts, not only finally getting them on the board in the third, but giving them the lead, 2-1. The Rivs switched out starting goalie Nana Fujimoto for Jenny Scrivens to finish strong in net. With 1:45 left in the third, Scrivens headed to the bench for an extra attacker, hoping the man advantage would lead to a game tying goal. The opposite happened and the Beauts sealed their first win with an empty netter from Hailey Browne, 3-1 final score. No more goose egg for the Beauts. Take a look at their Twitter feed, as that is what they were so excited to announce to their fans once the game finally ended.

The Riveters are back in action next Sunday when they take on the Boston Pride up North. This weekend should be an interesting one for the NWHL. The schedule shows a game on Saturday, December 5, where the Beauts take on the Pride. Buffalo will then travel to Chelsea Piers CT for game two of their weekend; which showcases a matchup versus the undefeated CT Whale. Buffalo and Boston will each see two games played on back to back days.

The Rivs have recently been successful against the Pride; we’ll wait to see if they can hand Boston yet another tally in the L column.

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Jackie Daly

Jackie Daly has been with In The Zone since 2012. Her contributions have been mostly in NHL and special events coverage. Jackie has been a writer, video host, and podcast host with ITZ. She currently co-hosts Tea Time with Mel and Jay. Outside ITZ, Jackie works with MLS's New York City Football Club and the AHL's Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
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