by Hannah Bevis

After wrapping up its last home series against Connecticut last weekend, Buffalo will hit the road for one final series to close out the 2022-23 season.

The Beauts will play Metropolitan this weekend in a pair of games at The Rink at American Dream. The last time these teams met, they split the series - Buffalo took the first win 4-1 before the Riveters got revenge in an 8-2 game the following day.

Buffalo is coming off an overtime and regulation loss against Connecticut, while the Riveters are riding a two-game winning streak after defeating Montreal twice last weekend. Both teams have been eliminated from playoff contention, but there’s still plenty of pride to play for.

Two players from the Beauts - Claudia Kepler and Dominique Kremer - enter the weekend riding two-game point streak. Kepler has scored a goal in each of her last two contests while Kremer has dished out an assist in each game. Still leading the way in scoring for Buffalo is Mikyla Grant-Mentis, who was held scoreless in the series against Connecticut but has a team-best 18 points (8G, 10A) over 22 games this season.

The Riveters also have some players on hot streaks coming into Friday’s game. Amanda Pelkey is on a four-game point streak with seven points over her last four games, all assists, while Sarah Bujold is riding a three-game point streak with two goals and two assists during that time. Madison Packer has six points over her last four contests while Minttu Tuominen is averaging a point per game over her last four games.

Both the Riveters and the Beauts have been relying on a pair of goaltenders recently. Buffalo’s Samantha Ridgewell and Lovisa Berndtsson have been sharing the net, while Metropolitan’s Katie Burt and Rachel McQuigge have been their team’s go-to duo. Burt leads the pair with a .901 save percentage while Berndtsson has amassed a .896 save percentage over the course of 12 games. In her five games with the team, Ridgwell has a .912 save percentage.

Neither team has a particularly strong advantage over the other on the power play. Metropolitan has a 14.6 success rate with the extra skater while the Beauts are just two tenths of a percent behind them. However, Buffalo does have a much better penalty kill - their PK has a 85.9 percent success rate while the Riveters are last in the league with a 73.5 percent success rate.

The puck will drop on Friday at 7 p.m. EST and again on Saturday at 2 p.m. at The Rink at American Dream.

About the Buffalo Beauts

The Buffalo Beauts are a professional women's ice hockey team based in Buffalo, New York and competing in the Premier Hockey Federation (formerly the National Women’s Hockey League). The Beauts are one of the Founding Four teams that stepped on the ice in 2015 and the 2017 Isobel Cup Champions. The team is owned and operated by NLTT Hockey Ventures. Visit beauts.nwhl.zone to learn more.

About the Premier Hockey Federation (PHF)

The PHF is the leading home of professional women’s hockey in North America. Established in 2015 as the National Women’s Hockey League, the NWHL rebranded to become the PHF in 2021 and maintains the mission to provide strong role models and fuel the continued growth of the sport. The league is made up of the Boston Pride, Buffalo Beauts, Connecticut Whale, Metropolitan Riveters, Minnesota Whitecaps, Montreal Force and the Toronto Six who all compete annually for the Isobel Cup.

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