The two professional hockey teams in Western New York are in very different places. While the Buffalo Sabres sit in the basement of the NHL, the Beauts, who play next door at HARBORCENTER, are getting ready for the Isobel Cup final on Sunday.
Chatted with @NWHL goaltender of the year @MandyLeveille29 & foundation award winner @jacquiegreco_ as the @BuffaloBeauts get ready for the #IsobelCupFinal this weekend @WKBW pic.twitter.com/Dm0AqCRmjD
— Matthew Bové (@Matt_Bove) March 21, 2018
For the Beauts, heading to the National Women's Hockey League championship game is nothing new. They've played in all three championship games since the league was established in 2015.
In the Beauts' first Isobel Cup final appearance they came up short, falling to the Boston Pride 3-1. Last season the Beauts redeemed themselves, beating the team they had lost to the year before 3-2 to earn the first championship in organization history.
This time around the Beauts have a different opponent, the first place Metropolitan Riveters. The teams have met six times this season, each winning three times.
"We're expecting everything that we've seen and probably a little bit more as the Isobel Cup is on the line," NWHL goaltender of the year Amanda Leveille said. "But we're not going to change anything, we're confident in our game right now, we're just going to pursue and do our best in this next game and hope for the best."
"I think we kind of really stepped it up this year and found the chemistry we needed," Buffalo native Jacquie Greco added. "You know, there isn't one hero on this team, there isn't one defenseman on this team, there isn't one goalie, we've got really good depth on this team and I think we all string together as a team to come out with a win."
The Beauts will take on the Riveters at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday at Barnabas Healthy Hockey Center in Newark, New Jersey. The game will be streamed on Twitter for fans who would like to tune in!