Beauts return from bye week, travel to Metropolitan for double-header

by Hannah Bevis

The Beauts will hit the road this weekend to face off against a Riveters team who also just wrapped up a bye week for some much needed rest after a couple of wild games against the Connecticut Whale.

From the Beauts first weekend, it seems clear that the team will rely heavily on their net minder Carly Jackson. The goalie made 26 saves in her opening game against Toronto, including some truly spectacular ones, like this ridiculous pad save.

That said, this isn’t a Beauts team that will only weather offensive storms, as indicated by their first game. Buffalo has already shown that it can score in a variety of ways and from a variety of places. Whether that’s returners like Autumn MacDougall, who picked up right where she left off in Lake Placid and scored first official shorthanded goal in the PHF era, or newcomers like 2021 third-round draft pick Missy Segall, who scored her first ever pro goal, this group of Beauts can come at you in waves.

And of course, Buffalo can always rely on one of their co-captains, Taylor Accursi, who scored Buffalo’s third goal in their last contest, which made her the Beauts all-time leading point scorer. She entered this season tied with former Beauts Kourtney Kunichika and Corinne Buie with 42 points, but her goal set her solely atop the career points list with 43 points in 53 games.

It’s not just the past goal-scorers you should keep an eye on this weekend - watch out for newcomers Cassidy Vinkle, who had two primary assists on Segall's and MacDougall’s goals, Cassidy MacPherson, and Jenna Suokko, who have already showed off the size and speed that Beauts general manager Nate Oliver was counting on them to bring.

The Riveters will prove a good test for the Beauts to see if they can keep their cool and weather Metropolitan’s physicality and quickness. Rebecca Russo earned the PHF’s second star of the week honor after a five-point opening weekend (1G, 4A), and has already shown off her game-breaking speed. This Riv’s team has also shown that they can score, posting nine goals in their first two games against Connecticut. The Beauts will need to rely on a strong blue line, led by co-captain Marie-Jo Pelletier and veteran Elena Orlando, and whoever starts in net, to fend off their attack.

The Beauts will drop the puck against Toronto on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET, and their second game on Sunday will also start at 4 p.m. ET.