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Beauts take loss in shootout

The Buffalo Beauts came close to earning their second win over the New York Riveters in less than a month. They had to settle for picking up a point.

The Beauts dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to the Riveters at the Aviator Sports and Events Center in Brooklyn. That reduced Buffalo’s lead in the National Women’s Hockey League standings over New York to just two points, as the teams fight for third place. The teams have two games left to play in the regular season. Buffalo is 4-8-0-4, while New York is 4-10-0-2.

The Beauts couldn’t have asked for a better start to the game, and yet came up empty in the scoreboard. Buffalo finished the first 20 minutes with a 16-5 advantage in shots, but trailed by a goal. The Beauts scored two goals in the second period (Devon Skeats and Shelby Bram), but New York rallied to tie it. In the third, Kelley Steadman put the Beauts back in front, but Bray Ketchum answered for the Riveters. Kira Dosdale got the game-winner in the shootout.

The same teams play in the HarborCenter on Sunday afternoon. The Beauts will end the regular season at home against Boston on Feb. 28.