The Buffalo Beauts lost their first game of the season, droppping a 6-2 decision to the Metropolitan Riveters at Bill Gray’s Regional Iceplex in Rochester on Saturday night.
The teams traded goals in the first period, on the same penalty. The Riveters scored shorthanded, 15 seconds into the penalty, to take a 1-0 lead. But the Beauts got it back, tying the game on a tap-in from Corinne Buie on the power play.
Just 24 seconds into the second period, the Riveters took a 2-1 lead thanks to a power play goal from Miye D’Oench. It was the first of three goals for Metro in the period, and one of two on the power play, as the Riveters grew their lead to 4-1.
Buffalo got a goal back in the third as Taylor Accursi scored on the power play, but the Beauts were in penalty trouble all night long. Rebecca Russo regained the three-goal lead for the Riveters scoring on a 5-on-3 power play for Metro with about six minutes left in the game.
The Beauts finished with 46 minutes in penalties including a game misconduct for Sarah Casorso and an unsportsmanlike penalty to Buffalo coach Ric Seiling.
Technically a home game for the Beauts, it was the first National Women’s Hockey League game played in Rochester. The league was invited by the directors of the Bauer Fire on Ice Tournament to play a game during their tournament held in Rochester this weekend. Bauer Fire on Ice is produced by LEGACY Global Sports and is one of the largest girls’ ice hockey tournaments.
The Beauts, now 1-1 after winning their season opener against Connecticut, return to HarborCenter on Saturday. Before hosting the Boston Pride at 8 p.m., the Beauts will raise their championship banner to celebrate last season’s Isobel Cup title.