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The Lineups Are In!: Rivs-Whale Headed To Pittsburgh; Whitecaps-Pride Series Sold Out

By Billy Fitzpatrick and Amanda Ghysel, 11/30/18, 3:00PM EST

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ALL PHOTOS BY TROY PARLA

It has been nearly two years since NWHL All-Star and Metropolitan Riveters forward Rebecca Russo last played in Pittsburgh, after participating in the 2017 NWHL All-Star Game her rookie season. But on Sunday, Russo and the Riveters will be taking a trip to the Steel City to take on the Connecticut Whale for a third straight week in front of what’s expected to be an excited crowd of hockey fans.

“It was a fun and exciting time. It was a sold-out crowd, which was unbelievable,” said Russo, of the 2017 All-Star Game. “Just the atmosphere, the people in Pittsburgh brought a lot of energy. They were really loud, so I’m excited to get down there and see what the crowd is going to be like.”

This is the third consecutive season an NWHL game is being played at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex, the practice facility for the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins. In 2017, the NWHL held its All-Star Game in front of a sold-out crowd, and last year the Connecticut Whale played a regular season game against the Buffalo Beauts, which drew nearly 1,000 fans. After fans packed the rink the past two seasons in Pittsburgh, Russo is hoping they will do the same when the Riveters are in town.


Hanna Beattie and Alexa Gruschow battle. (PHOTO BY TROY PARLA)

“Obviously I want some of our Riveters fans to get down there, which I’ve seen on Twitter a lot of them are coming, but I also think that we’re going to see a lot of fans,” said Russo. “No doubt in my mind, I think it’s going to be an exciting game. Two great hockey teams playing and it’s going to be a great crowd, I know it.”

The Riveters look to build off their last victory against Connecticut, a 4-3 win in a shootout last Sunday at RWJBarnabas Health Hockey House in Newark, New Jersey, after dropping the first of three in a row against the Whale, 2-1, the previous weekend. With the teams beginning to become more familiar with each other, Russo knows what to expect out of the opponent.

“We know what we’re going to see out of them, we know that they have an incredible goaltender and a great forecheck on us,” said Russo. “Playing them three times in a row, it’s going to be an exciting game.”

Tickets for Sunday’s game between the Metropolitan Riveters and the Connecticut Whale at UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Pittsburgh, PA are still available and can be purchased here.

If you can’t make it to Pittsburgh for the game, you can still watch it live.



Players listed numerically. Lineups subject to change.


Players listed numerically. Lineups subject to change.



Minnesota Whitecaps defender Lee Stecklein.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Whitecaps and Boston Pride will meet for the first time this season in a two-game series at sold-out TRIA Rink in St. Paul. The first game is slated for 6:30 pm CT on Saturday, and will be the Twitter Game of the Week. Sunday’s 2 pm CT tilt will be available at NWHL.zone/watch.

Pivotal points will be on the line, as the Whitecaps have started their inaugural season undefeated at 6-0, while the Pride currently sit in second place at 3-3.

The Whitecaps will participate in #HockeyFightsCancer night on Saturday, in conjunction with the Minnesota Wild. Fans are encouraged to wear lavender and to donate to the American Cancer Society here.

In Minnesota’s first season in the league, all six of the Whitecaps’ home games have sold out. Stacked Deck Brewing, the Official Watch Bar of the Minnesota Whitecaps, will have watch parties for both of this weekend’s games for fans over 21.


Boston Pride defender Toni Ann Miano (PHOTO BY MICHELLE JAY)



Lineups subject to change.