“I thought she played well,” said Packer of Fitzgerald. “We did a good job of finally blocking a few shots, but they still got 40-something on her. She’s doing a better job of controlling those rebounds and when she sees the puck, she’ll save it. So we have to help her out and clear the front of the net and do our jobs so she can do hers.”
It was just one game, but for one game the Riveters finally resembled the team that walked away with the title last year. Despite falling behind in an 0-2 hole they rallied to take a late lead in the third period and then even after surrendering a tying goal at the end of regulation, and falling behind in the shootout, they were able to rally and pull out a win.
“We won as a team today. We had a few ups and downs throughout the week; I wasn’t here for practices with the flu. I just met (new assistant) Coach Terry (Watt) today before the game,” said Russo. “We came in the locker room with a game plan and we were all together. One hundred percent. I’m so happy today with this outcome. We won and this is just going to bring us forward for the week. We got home ice, which is the most important thing that we could have done today. We’re going to play on Thursday at 7 against Connecticut. We’re going to win that game and then we’re going to go to Minnesota.”