Weekend Preview: NWHL Openers! Pride @ Beauts, Riveters @ Whale

NWHL Opener This Weekend:

The NWHL opens their season this weekend with two games on Sunday, October 11th, 2015.

First we have the sold-out New York Riveters at the Connecticut Whale. The game starts at 1:30 PM ET / 12:30 PM CT, and will be played at Chelsea Piers. The Whale won both of their pre-season games, against the Minnesota Whitecaps and the CT Junior Rangers U18 Boys, while the New York Riveters lost both of theirs against the FDNY men’s hockey team, and the Whitecaps. You can check out Annalise’s recap of the Riveter’s pre-season games or her season preview of the Riveters. If you want to know a little more about the Whale, Jay Fairburn has been following the evolution of their roster. Personally, my non-existent money is on the Whale, but perhaps we’ll see a steadier defensive team from the Riveters this weekend.

Right after the first game, we have the Boston Pride taking on the Buffalo Beauts at the HarborCenter. Manon Rheaume will drop the puck at 3:30 PM ET / 2:30 PM CT. The Beauts will face Mercyhurst twice in the pre-season– they beat the Mercyhurst women once already, and will face them again this afternoon. (10/9, 7 pm ET) The Pride played the East Coast Wizards U16 Boys and the East Coast Wizards U18 Boys, and lost both. Angelica previewed the Beauts season for us, and she also wrote up the team’s first practice if you’d like to learn a little more about the team while you wait for their first game. Erin covered the Pride’s first practice, if you’d like to catch up on this Olympian-studded roster. Looking at the roster, the Pride have a terrifying amount of talent– but I suspect the Beauts have had more practice time together, and it will be interesting to see how that will balance out.

How to Watch

If you’re looking for NWHL opener tickets, there are still tickets for the Pride @ Beauts game, $15 for a ticket.

If you’re not in the area or didn’t get a ticket in time for the Riveters @ Whale, the NWHL has sworn up down and sideways that there will be streaming available in time for the opener games. We don’t know how much it will cost, or what platform it will be on, or anything else. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

UPDATE: According to Phil Giubileo, who will be one of the announcers for the Riveters/Whale game, the game will be streamed for free on YouTube. We don’t know about the Pride/Beauts game yet, nor if this will be the norm for the rest of the season games.