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#ItsAllForIsobel - Rebecca Russo: "It Could Come Down to, Who Wants to Show Up”?

By As Told By Dan Rice , 03/23/18, 2:30PM EDT


Photo By Matt Raney

Riveters all-star forward Rebecca Russo sat down with Dan Rice to share her views on the Isobel Cup Final on Sunday against the defending champion Buffalo Beauts.

“The atmosphere is going to be incredible. The game was sold out by the middle of the week. It was unbelievable this whole season at our arena, especially last Sunday in the semifinal game. I expect it to be so loud and I know it’s going to get us going so much more. It will be a fast-paced, competitive, gritty game and I’m really looking forward to it.

"You play each team five or six times a season and you learn their systems, you know their players. We’re excited here. We had a great week of practice. What should you expect from the Riveters on this Sunday? Everyone knows what you’re going to get from the Riveters. We’re going to give it our all and take it up another notch for sure.”

“We’re not going to change anything. Once you do that, your routine gets out of whack. You don’t want to look at this as a different type of game. I did the same things coming to the rink all week, and will on Sunday. We’re just going to play our game and it’s going to be an amazing day.”

“It’ll be a close game. Both of us have great forwards, great defenders, and great goaltenders. It could come down to, who wants to show up? It’s going to be us, and I’m really excited for it.

“Personally, I’m going to try to do as much as I can to help my team win. I’m going to get us going in the locker room and I’m gonna get my linemates going. (Erika) Lawler, (Madison) Packer and myself have been playing unbelievable lately, and we’re going into this with our heads held high. We’re gonna fight, we’re going to do everything that Chad has instilled in us from day one when we came to this rink for the start of season three.

"We’re all so excited and I want to score, but I want my team to play well starting from Katie Fitzgerald and all the way up to us forwards. I want us to play well, I want my line to play well, and if I can score and make a difference - I’m going to do that. Every shift.”