By Erica Ayala
The Tri-State Rivalry continues when the Metropolitan Riveters return to Danbury Ice Arena on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. EST. The Whale went winless last weekend, dropping games to the Buffalo Beauts and the Riveters. With the season series against the Beauts now over, the Whale look to settle the score in their second meeting with the Riveters.
Connecticut and the Riveters both had a two-game weekend last time they met. The tired legs on the ice made for a tight 2-1 victory for the visiting team from New Jersey. Once again the Riveters will be on the road all weekend, as they host the Boston Pride Saturday night. Connecticut will look to use the extra day of rest to their advantage as they seek to snap their winless streak this season.
The team knows they have what it takes to compete in the NWHL. “We talked about [finding our identity] in the locker room with Colton (Orr) and Laura (Brennan), our coaches,” said Jane Morrisette Saturday evening.
However, last weekend reminded the Whale that they must remain consistent for every moment of each 60-minute contest. “I think sometimes we just let the other team kind of dominate,” Morissette added. “We’re excited for Connecticut to show off who we are.”
Players to Watch
Sam Walther is coming off a Player of the Week-worthy performance for the Riveters. She was a definite bright spot for her team against the Whale last Sunday in a game that, despite an early goal, saw the Riveters fall short of their offensive potential.
Whale forward Kayla Menighin is riding a five-game point-scoring streak. Her knack for the net will be needed on Sunday if Connecticut hopes to collect a home win. Additionally, the line of Morissette, Kendra Broad, and the newly signed Elena Gualtieri put the league on notice. After a stellar performance that led to a beautifully bunted goal, the rookie trio jumped to the top line against the Riveters on Sunday.
How to Watch
The Riveters and Whale face-off at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday at Danbury Ice Arena, so make sure to grab your tickets now! The action will also be streamed live on twitch.tv/nwhl where viewers can interact with the Whale broadcast team and enjoy commentary from the Goalie Guild in the live chat.
Photo Credit: Schuyler Meyer