“We have such an amazing group and I can’t wait to get back on the ice,” said Fitzgerald, who was MVP of the 2018 Cup playoffs and recently participated in USA Hockey’s development camp for goaltenders. “The NWHL is always a place with incredible talent and competition. I’m excited to continue to learn and grow with these amazing people, and happy to be a Riveter again in season 4”!
After being named NWHL Goaltender of the Year in her rookie season of 2016-17, the 24-year-old Fitzgerald had an even better year last season. The 5-11 goalie from Des Plains, Ill. was 12-3-0 with a 1.87 GAA and .920 save percentage. She had shutouts in both playoff games to lead her team to the Cup. A two-time NWHL all-star, the former standout from St. Cloud State was also a member of Team NWHL in the two-game series against Team USA in Tampa in January.
Bryant, Fitzgerald and Sass are known to be a tight-knit trio between the pipes for the Riveters. Sass, who won 34 games in her collegiate career at Colgate, won her lone start last season, posting a .913 save percentage. Bryant, who played four years at Providence, is entering her third season with the Riveters. She played two games in 2016-17.
“It’s a privilege to have another season with the Rivs as part of such a supportive and hard-working goaltending crew,” said Bryant. Added Sass: “Since the first day I stepped into the locker room of the Riveters, I knew the organization was where I wanted to remain. The atmosphere of the team and attitude of the players and staff were unmatched. I’m absolutely thrilled that we were able to keep our goalie roster the same, as consistency is key in building a successful team. Sarah, Katie and I have a very competitive yet supportive relationship and I cannot wait to see it continue. As always, I look forward to competing at a very high level to earn playing time. We cannot wait to face the challenges of the 2018-2019 season and to defend the Isobel Cup Champion title! Go Rivs and #staysassy!