It’s taken a while but we finally have an NWHL gameday and some hockey to be watched. In the early game today we had the Riveters and the Six facing each other for the first time. Here is how both teams would line up.
It wouldn’t take long for the first goal to be scored, and it would be the Riveters who would get things started. The goal coming from Leila Kilduff. The assist on the play coming from Kelly Babstock.
There would be some great chances traded back and forth between the two teams but ultimately it would be the Riveters who would double their lead before the end of the period. The goal would come from Leila Kilduff again. The assists on the play came from Jayne Lewis and Kate Leary. The Riveters would head into intermission with a 2-0 lead.
As expected with a game with a fast start, things started to settle down in the second period. Scoring chances got harder as the period wore on and the defenses played better. The Six, looking to cut into the lead had a shot that leaked through Sonjia Shelly and was eventually cleared of the line by Kelly Babstock.
That would end up being the big chance of the period. The Riveters would re-establish control and take their 2-0 lead heading into the third.
In the third period, the Riveters would come out firing, trying to increase their lead. The Toronto goalie Elaine Chuli had other ideas. The Six would then make their push to try and get back in the game but Shelly would have all of the answers. The Riveters would add an empty net goal by Emily Janiga to win the game 3-0.
Sonjia Shelly would face 40 shots and made 40 saves to earn the shutout. Elaine Chuli faced 18 shots and would make 16 saves.
You can check out the box score of the game here:
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