A pair of local products helped the Buffalo Beauts open up their Isobel Cup title defense with a 3-2 win at Connecticut Saturday afternoon.
Williamsville’s Hayley Scamurra scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the third period, while Lewiston’s Maddie Elia assisted on Scamurra’s tally as well as another in the opening period.
Scamurra and Elia are both rookies in the NWHL. Scamurra, a Northeastern grad, was drafted 10th overall by the Beauts in 2016. Elia, who played at Boston University, inked a deal early in the summer. Both players graduated from Nichols School.
Buffalo scored the first three goals of the game, one in each frame, before the Whale scored twice in a 10-second span just past the midway point of the third period.
Beauts goalie Amanda Leveille stopped 20 of 22 shots for the win. Connecticut’s Sydney Rossman saved 34 of 37 shots.
Tyler Accursi scored first for Buffalo on the power play with 3:07 left in the first period off assists from Sarah Casorso and Elia. The Whale committed eight penalties in the game, but the Beauts were only able to connect on this one power play.
Buffalo extended its lead to two with 7:53 left in the second period when Sarah Shureb scored with assists coming from Kaylyn Schroka and Casorso.
Scamurra had the Beauts’ last tally 5:54 into the third period off assists from Accursi and Elia. Grace Klienbach got Connecticut on the board with 7:31 left in the game, and Sam Faber made it 3-2 just 10 seconds later.
Next up for the Beauts is a neutral site game on Nov. 4 against the Metropolitan Riveters at Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex in Rochester at 7:30 p.m.