It took six rounds of the shootout to get a goal, but Kristina Lavoie finally broke through with a score to give the Buffalo Beauts a 4-3 win over the New York Riveters in HarborCenter on Friday night.
The teams were tied, 3-3, after three periods and a five-minute overtime session. The game went to a shootout and neither team could put a puck past a goaltender until Lavoie scored in the sixth round.
The Riveters scored just 2:44 into the game on a goal by Lauren Wash. The Beauts answered on the power play when Megan Bozek scored at 11:40 to send the game into the first intermission in a 1-1 tie.
Buffalo took the lead twice in the second period. At 3:10 Corinne Buie scored, assisted by Emily Janiga and Kourtney Kunnichika, for a 2-1 lead. New York tied it at 8:49 when Amanda Kessel scored.
But the Beauts regained the lead on the power play. Shiann Darkangelo tallied with assists from Harrison Browne and Sarah Casorso.
Kessel tied the game on the power play at 7:11 of the third period.
Kessel assisted on the first New York goal, giving her a three-point night and her first two goals in the NWHL.
The Riveters forward and Team USA member suffered a lower body injury at the beginning of the season and has missed nine regular season games along with the Four Nations Tournament. Kessel did play in the 2016 Winter Series for Team USA against Canada. Friday was her fourth NWHL game.
Beauts goaltender Amanda Leveille made 45 saves as the Riveters held a 48-35 advantage in shots.
The teams meet again on Feb. 4 in Barnabas Health Hockey House in Newark, N.J. The Beauts return home on Feb. 26 when they host the Connecticut Whale at 3:30 p.m.