When the Riveters meet the Whitecaps for a pair of games in New Jersey this week, Minnesota will draw in a pair of players making their NWHL debuts, but the Whitecaps’ speed will still need to be overcome by the defending champs.
With superstar Kendall Coyne Schofield unavailable, Amy Menke is expected to play her first NWHL game, possibly on the left side of U.S. Olympian Hannah Brandt and speedster Kate Schipper. On defense, Tanja Eisenschmid is making the trip for the Whitecaps, and could be teamed with Emma Stauber.
Projected Lineups for Saturday
(expect changes for Sunday)
Rebecca Russo – Madison Packer – Amanda Kessel
Fiona McKenna – Alexa Gruschow – Audra Richards
Rebecca Morse – Kristin Lewicki – Erika Lawler
Michelle Picard – Chelsea Ziadie
Kiira Dosdall – Jenny Ryan
Kelsey Koelzer – Lexi Slattery
Amy Menke – Hannah Brandt – Kate Schipper
Jonna Curtis – Katie McGovern – Allie Thunstrom
Kalli Funk – Haylea Schmid – Meaghan Pezon
Lee Stecklein – Amanda Boulier
Tanja Eisenschmid – Emma Stauber
Amy Schlagel – Chelsey Brodt Rosenthal
On Saturday, the teams meet at the Prudential Center, the NHL arena of the New Jersey Devils, as the Isobel Cup banner will be unveiled to the Riveters and their fans. The rematch on Sunday is at RWJBarnabas Health Hockey House. Tickets, just $20, are available now at NWHL.zone/tickets. No matter the location, the 0-3 Riveters are in need of at least one victory to get their season on track. The Whitecaps swept them in two games in Saint Paul two weeks ago.
“We have to play a simpler game, minimize errors and capitalize on our chances,” said Riveters head coach Randy Velischek, the former Devils defenseman who will make his debut at home as Riveters head coach at the Devils’ barn. “Minnesota has a deep, extremely fast and talented team, but I believe in our squad. Our play against them in Saint Paul was pretty good 5-on-5. Let’s stay out of the penalty box and show everyone the team we truly are.”
Fans will want to make sure they get to Saturday’s game at Prudential Center in time for the 2:00 start, as the Isobel Cup banner will be unveiled. In addition, the first 1,000 fans to arrive at the game will receive replica mini-banners.
And oh by the way, every ticketholder attending the game will receive a voucher for two tickets to a New Jersey Devils game in the 2018-19 NHL season.
The Riveters are without 2017-18 Defender of the Year Courtney Burke, who is injured, and Kelly Nash, who is unavailable.
If you can’t make it to the game, you can watch it as the Twitter NWHL Game of the Week is broadcasted by the superb team of Matt Falkenbury, Sherry Ross and Erica Ayala.