The Metropolitan Riveters and the Toronto Six met today for an afternoon matinee. The league leaders are coming into the match having won 8 of their last 9 games. While the Riveters are looking to continue to build on their momentum that they earned against the Whitecaps.
On February 24th, the Riveters announced that they have signed Kiira Dosdall-Arena to their roster.
For today’s game, the Riveters were wearing a special jersey, dubbed the Black Rosie.
Here is how the two teams would line up for today’s game:
There was no scoring in the first period, as both goalies came up with the saves on both team’s offensive chances. It was a pretty evenly played period, as both teams had 8 shots on goal throughout the frame.
The first goal of the game came early in the second period, and it was the home team Riveters who would break the ice in game. A nice, indirect pass from Madison Packer, would find the stick of Theresa Knutson. She took a low shot at the right circle, which Chuli gave up an uncharacteristic rebound in the slot. The first player to the puck was Kendall Cornine, who put her shot over Chuli’s glove.
A minute and a half later, the Riveters would double their lead in the game. While shorthanded, the Riveters would shoot the puck out of the defensive zone. The puck found a streaking Haley Frade, who had gotten behind the defense. She pulled the puck to her backhand, and got the shot over Chuli’s pad and in the back of the net.
Later in the period, the Six would get on the board and cut into the Riveters lead. Lindsay Eastwood would circle behind her net and find a streaking Shiann Darkangelo, who carried the puck to the middle of the offensive zone. When she got in-between the circles, she unleashed a shot that got through Wolejko, between her glove and her leg pad.
Before the end of the period, the Six would tie up the game. As the Riveters tried to clear the puck out of their defensive zone, the puck was held at the blue line by Taylor Woods. She would launch the puck towards the net, and the puck would find the stick of Breanne Wilson-Bennett. She was all alone in front of the net, and had time to pull the puck to her forehand and slide it through Wolejko and in the net.
Early in the third period, the Riveters would strike again and re-establish their lead. A nice cross ice pass by Rose Alleva would find the stick of the captain Madison Packer, who would take a shot over the right circle. The puck would then go through a maze of bodies that missed everyone, including Chuli and find the back of the net.
The Six would then rally and tie up the game. While on the power play, the former Riveter, Saroya Tinker would get the puck at the point. She would then unleash a hard slap shot that would get by everybody and sail over Wolejko’s glove and find the top shelf of the net.
The Six would then get their first lead of the game, that turned out to be the game winner. While shorthanded, Stephanie Sucharda would steal the puck in her defensive zone and skate up the ice. She would then lay a nice stretch pass to Emma Woods who managed to get by the defense and have a breakaway. While on the breakaway, she roofed the shot over Wolejko’s glove and in the net. The Six would hold on to secure the victory by a score of 4-3.
Elaine Chuli of the Toronto Six would face 22 shots, making 19 saves; while Brooke Wolejko of the Metropolitan Riveters would face 31 shots, making 27 saves.
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These two teams square off against each other tomorrow at 2p.