Whale Fall Short In Third Comeback Attempt

The Connecticut Whale and the Metropolitan Riveters played their second game today. Both coming off opening night victories. Both looking to keep the momentum going. Here are the starting lineups for both teams.

In the first period, the Riveters would get the first goal of the game. The goal coming from Mallory Rushton, assists on the play coming from Kendall Cornine and Leila Kilduff. In a blink and you’ll miss it moment, the Riveters would double their lead, 8 seconds after the first goal. This time the goal would come from Cailey Hutchison. The assists on the play came from Saroya Tinker and Brooke Avery.

The Whale would cut into the lead 2 minutes later to shift the momentum. The goal coming from Amanda Conway, assists on the play from Tori Howran and Maddie Bishop. 7 minutes later, the Whale would tie up the game before the end of the period. The goal originally credited to Katelynn Russ, was then changed to Emma Vlasic with the assists coming from Alyssa Wohlfeiler and Katelynn Russ.

This goal would tie the game at 2 heading into the first intermission

In the second period, the Riveters would come out firing to try and quickly re-establish their lead. Which they would end up doing on the power play, the goal coming from Rebecca Russo, assists on the play coming from Kiira Dosdall-Arena. 10 minutes later, the Whale would come back once again, the goal being stuffed home by Kaycie Anderson, with Shannon Doyle nabbing the assist on the play.

In the third period, the defenses showed up as the chances got harder and harder to get. Both teams would only get 15 shots all period long. However, before everything went on lockdown, the Riveters would once again re-establish their lead. This time the goal coming from Theresa Knutson, and the goal would be unassisted. The Riveters would hang on to be one of only 2 undefeated teams left in the NWHL, joining the Whitecaps with that honor.

This goal would give the Riveters the lead and the win.

Tera Hofmann would face 36 shots and made 33 saves, while Brooke Wolejko would get the start today, and due to an equipment issue, Abbie Ives would also make an appearance today. Both goalies faced a combined 28 shots and a combined 24 shots were saved.

You can check out the box score of the game here:

https://www.nwhl.zone/stats#/100/game/368720/boxscore

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