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Photo Essay: Pride shut down Riveters in Amanda Kessel’s debut

Amanda Kessel stickhandles around Boston's net while Kacey Bellamy trails her. New York Riveters at Boston Pride, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, Opening Weekend. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini
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Despite a new, faster and offense-driven roster on the New York Riveters, including U.S. women’s national team player Amanda Kessel, the NWHL’s Boston Pride still held the edge in the first match-up between the two teams, winning the night 6-3. The pace of the game was brutally quick; players commented after the game on the speed they were expected to set and maintain.

Although the Riveters dropped the game against Boston, both players and coach, Chad Wiseman, have high hopes for their second match against the Pride, coming in only a few weeks.

Below are some photos of the tilt for your enjoyment.

Tatiana Rafter races Boston's defense for the puck after rushing into the zone. New York Riveters at Boston Pride, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, Opening Weekend. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

Tatiana Rafter races Boston’s defense for the puck after rushing into the zone. New York Riveters at Boston Pride, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, Opening Weekend. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

 

Jillian Dempsey stickhandles the puck out of her defensive zone. New York Riveters at Boston Pride, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, Opening Weekend. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

Jillian Dempsey stickhandles the puck out of her defensive zone. New York Riveters at Boston Pride, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, Opening Weekend. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

 

Gigi Marvin changes direction, eye on the puck after Brittany Ott pushes it out of her crease. New York Riveters at Boston Pride, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, Opening Weekend. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

Gigi Marvin changes direction, eye on the puck after Brittany Ott pushes it out of her crease. New York Riveters at Boston Pride, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, Opening Weekend. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

 

Amanda Kessel. New York Riveters at Boston Pride, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, Opening Weekend. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

Amanda Kessel. New York Riveters at Boston Pride, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, Opening Weekend. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

 

So Jung Shin watches a goal bounce off the top of her goal and into the netting above. New York Riveters at Boston Pride, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, Opening Weekend. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

So Jung Shin watches a goal bounce off the top of her goal and into the netting above. New York Riveters at Boston Pride, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, Opening Weekend. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

 

Blake Bolden, one step ahead of Madison Packer. New York Riveters at Boston Pride, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, Opening Weekend. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

Blake Bolden, one step ahead of Madison Packer. New York at Boston Pride, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, Opening Weekend. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

 

Janine Weber and Milica McMillen carefully observe the offsides rule. New York Riveters at Boston Pride, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, Opening Weekend. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

Janine Weber and Milica McMillen carefully observe the offsides rule. New York at Boston Pride, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, Opening Weekend. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

 

Riveters netminder So Jung Shin takes a turn around her end after allowing a quick goal by Boston. New York Riveters at Boston Pride, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, Opening Weekend. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

Riveters netminder So Jung Shin takes a turn around her end after allowing a quick goal by Boston. New York Riveters at Boston Pride, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, Opening Weekend. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

 

Miye D'Oench, circling the offensive zone. New York Riveters at Boston Pride, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, Opening Weekend. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

Miye D’Oench, circling the offensive zone. New York  at Boston Pride, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, Opening Weekend. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

 

Amanda Kessel pushes her way through to the puck. New York Riveters at Boston Pride, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, Opening Weekend. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

Amanda Kessel pushes her way through to the puck. New York  at Boston Pride, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, Opening Weekend. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

 

Alexa Gruschow waits for a pass. Alyssa Gagliardi attempts to interrupt a pass. New York Riveters at Boston Pride, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, Opening Weekend. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

Alexa Gruschow waits for a pass. Alyssa Gagliardi attempts to interrupt a pass. New York Riveters at Boston Pride, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, Opening Weekend. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

 

Rachel Llanes is surrounded by teammates after scoring her second goal in two games for Boston. New York Riveters at Boston Pride, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, Opening Weekend. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

Rachel Llanes is surrounded by teammates after scoring her second goal in two games for Boston. New York Riveters at Boston Pride, Saturday, Oct. 8, 2016, Opening Weekend. Mandatory Photo Credit: Kaitlin S. Cimini

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