A familiar name scored the game-winner in the Buffalo Beauts’ game against the New York Riveters in Newark, NJ, on Saturday. Sadly for the Beauts, Tatiana Rafter did the scoring for the other side.
Rafter, a former member of the Buffalo roster, notched what proved to be the decisive goal as the Riveters took a 3-2 win over the Beauts.
It was a strange game, featuring runs of goals by both sides.
New York took command in the first period. Janine Weber put the Riveters ahead for good with 13:24 gone in the opening frame. Less than five minutes later, Alexa Gruschow made it a 2-0 game.
When Rafter scored with 2:14 gone in the second period, it seemed as if that might put the game away. But the Beauts responded with an outburst that put them back in the game.
Shiann Darkangelo got the first Buffalo goal with 2:47 gone in the period. Then, 31 seconds later, Corinne Buie cut the lead down to a single goal.
Then, after three goals in less than 70 seconds, the scoring came to a complete stop. Neither side tallied in the final 36 minutes of the game.
New York had a 32-24 advantage in shots on goal for the game.
Buffalo fell to 5-7-1, and is four points back of New York (6-6-3). Boston looks down on the rest of the league with its 11-0-0 record.
Next up for the Beauts and the rest of the league is the National Women’s Hockey League All-Star Game, which will be played in Pittsburgh on Feb. 12.
Buffalo players who are scheduled to take part in the game are Megan Bozek, Darkangelo, Emily Pfalzer, Harrison Browne, Buie, Brianne McLaughlin and Kelley Steadman.
The Beauts return to action on Feb. 18 when they play Boston on the road. The last regular season home game of the season for Buffalo will be Feb. 26 against the Connecticut Whale.