The Pride were about an hour late arriving to the Aviator Sports & Events Center in Brooklyn, and by the end of the night the New York Riveters were likely wishing they never showed up at all.
In the first installment of what will hopefully one day be a classic NY-Boston rivalry, our ladies in black and gold defeated the Rivs 7-1. Yes, you read that right, and Hilary Knight didn't even score.
Zoe Hickel opened the scoring with a backhanded shot, assisted by Knight, less than a minute after the puck dropped. Brianna Decker followed that up with her first goal of the season as well.
In the second period, Decker and Corinne Buie executed a slick two-on-one maneuver to draw Rivs' goalie Nana Fujimoto from the crease and cash in on the short-handed scoring chance.
Halfway through the second, both teams switched goalies, Brittany Ott and her beloved blue pads entering for the Pride and Shenae Lundberg taking over for the Rivs. While the game stream was broken for the last five minutes of the second, Gabie Figueroa scored what was apparently a spectacular goal for the Riveters, their first ever goal scored at home.
Alas, the comeback was not meant to be.
The Pride scored three more in the first 5:48 of the third period, racking the score up to 6-1. The streaming quality for the final third of the game was less than ideal (it's okay, NWHL, good things take time. We still love you.), so the highlight of this scoring onslaught was undoubtedly the Rivs' decision to play the Imperial March from Star Wars after each Pride goal. Hickel scored #2 on the night only a few seconds into the period while Buie and Blake Bolden each netted their first of the season.
Although the Pride had seven power play chances on the night, the Riveters were able to kill all but the last one. During a bench penalty for delay of game, Jordan Smelker scored her second goal of the season and lucky number seven on the night.
Hickel and Decker were awarded first and second star of the game, each tallying three points on the night. In other exciting women's hockey notes, the Boston Blades defeated the Toronto Furies in a shootout earlier in the day. Boston women's hockey, 2-for-2 on the day #allwedoiswin.
Next Sunday, the Pride make the trip back to Buffalo to face the Beauts (0-2) at 3:30 p.m.
Pride 18-0? Pride 18-0.