NEWARK — The Riveters as draft pick Cailey Hutchison is set to join the team ahead of Sunday’s rematch with the Buffalo Beauts. The Riveters fell to their 2018 Isobel Cup Final opponent 4-1 on the road last weekend, but look to bounce back for the regular season finale.
Hutchison was drafted to the Riveters in the fifth round (21st overall) in the 2018 NWHL Draft. She posted five goals and five assists in 32 games for the University of Maine this season.
Last week, the Riveters fell to their 2018 Isobel Cup Final opponent 4-1 on the road last weekend, but look to bounce back for the regular season finale against Buffalo at home this Sunday.
Hutchison was drafted to the Riveters in the fifth round (21st overall) in the 2018 NWHL Draft. She posted five goals and five assists in 32 games for the University of Maine this season. Hutchison was one of four players suspended before the final regular season game against the University of Vermont. The Maine Black Bears tied the Catamounts 2-2, thus sending Vermont to the Hockey East Tournament and ending Hutchison’s college career.
No players will be removed from the roster, according to the team. However, it is worth noting that Hutchison has joined the team for practices as several players are dealing with flu-like illness.
The team was shorthanded last weekend as Kelsey Koelzer and Amanda Kessel did not travel to Buffalo. Both practiced with the team Tuesday night and are expected to be available.
The team also noted the Riveters goalie quartet will have access to additional goaltender-only ice sessions, the first of which was held earlier this week. Early conversations with the team indicate Katie Fitzgerald will start again for the Riveters this weekend. She stopped 33 of 36 shots faced in the 4-1 loss to the Beauts (final goal was an empty-netter by Emily Janiga) for a .917 save percentage.
Terry Watt added to coaching staff
The league also confirmed that SUNY Buffalo State alumnus Terry Watt has joined the Riveters coaching staff. He also joined the team for the first time Tuesday night and is expected to focus on game film analysis and scouting.
Watt played semi-pro hockey for seven years, including a stint with the Brooklyn Aviators—who played at the Aviator Sports Complex, the home ice of the Riveters for the inaugural NWHL season. He also coached professionally for three seasons before founding OTM (On The Market) Sports Network, a social networking platform for hockey players around the world.
The changes come with one regular season game left in the Riveters season, presumably to stabilize the franchise on the ice and on the bench ahead of the 2019 Isobel Cup Playoffs. However, will it be enough?
Should the Riveters secure one point against the Beauts Sunday (and the Whale drop both home games), they will host the play-in game against the Connecticut Whale. However, the Beauts will look to rack up points to keep their goal of home ice advantage alive.
Needless to say, it’s all come down to the wire! Tune-in for all the action from the Barnabas Health Hockey House live on Twitter beginning at 3:00 pm ET Sunday, March 3.