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Riveters Still Winless After Latest Loss to Connecticut

The New York Riveters are making history being one of the four teams in the new National Women’s Hockey League, but their season is not starting off the way they would have hoped. The Riveters are now 0-3, most recently falling to the Connecticut Whale 3-1.

On October 25 the Riveters hosted the Whale at Aviator Sports and Events Complex. It was the closest game thus far for the Riveters. The Whale scored first in the contest with a power play goal from Alyssa Wohlfeiler in the first period. It was not until the second period did the Riveters respond with a power play goal as well form Ashley Johnston. The game remained tied till the trail end of the third when Kaleigh Fratkin of the Whale gave her team the advantage. The game would end with an empty net goal from Whale’s Kelly Babstock.

The Riveters have only scored one goal per game, but the team is very well conditioned. In regards to the differences you see in a NWHL game compared to an NHL game, there is much less stoppage of play along with less penalties called.  But do not think the games are any less physical. These girls use their entire bodies to block shots and will check anyone that gets in their way.

The Riveters were not as uniformed in their passing as the Whale was; this caused several turnovers throughout the contest. The Riveters have to find their rhythm and get more shots on goal.

The Riveters showed their charitable side, sporting pink jerseys. The signed game worn jerseys will be auctioned off and 50% of the proceeds go too “Hope & Heroes”. “Hope & Heroes” is an organization housed at the Columbia University Medical Center, which is funding life-saving research and expert care for children with cancer.

The Riveters face the Boston Pride on Sunday, November 15 at Aviator.

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