Original NWHLer and Riveter Kiira Dosdall Set for Season Debut
By Dan Rice
It took a few weeks, but at Thursday night’s practice, the 1-2-0 Metropolitan Riveters had every player on their roster on the ice for the first time this season. In what was a fast-paced, structured practice, they worked on a variety of drills ahead of their big road trip to Boston this weekend to tangle with the Pride, the league’s lone unbeaten team at 5-0.
The big news for the Riveters is that defender Kiira Dosdall will make her season debut, becoming the eighth player in NWHL history to skate in all five seasons. She’s excited and eager to get on the ice with her new teammates and the new-look Riveters.
“I love playing. I love this league,” said Dosdall. “No part of me doesn’t want to play hockey. Ultimately, I want to support the league, and this is the best way for me to do that."
Dosdall also joked that she has been introducing herself to her new teammates at the hash marks on the ice. She also mentioned how impressed she was with her new coach, Ivo Mocek.
“He commands the room,” said Dosdall. "I knew from listening to him explain the first drill and reading some of his quotes that he was going to be great. Every one responds really well to him.”
Mocek is looking forward to his team’s opportunity to avenge their season-opening 4-2 loss to a Boston team that has reeled off back-to-back sweeps the past two weekends. During the Riveters’ off weekend he watched Boston’s two victories over the Minnesota Whitecaps.
“I saw what they can do,” said Mocek. "We worked on some stuff that we can implement into the games. Some stuff we talked about tonight, and some of it we’ll go over with them on video before the games.”
With three points in three games to start her pro career, Mallory Rushton has been a force for the Rivs and she is looking to continue the good vibes when they step off the bus for the weekend series against the Pride.
“It’s definitely different from college,” said Rushton. "That overtime win we had in Minnesota...that felt like a professional game.”
She felt her line, with college teammates and current roommates Brooke Baker and Kendall Cornine, had their best game in that OT thriller in Minnesota and will only get better. Rushton also echoed Dosdall’s praise of Mocek.
“We know we’re going into a big weekend in Boston and he always stresses that we’re going to have to work hard and to get pucks out of the zone and to the net,” said Rushton. "It makes a difference when a coach is consistent. We really appreciate having him here.”
Photo Credit: Matthew Raney, Kate Frese