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Beauts/Pride Preview

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Let’s keep the positive momentum going.

That’s the mindset the Buffalo Beauts have.

But it won’t be easy as they host the Boston Pride, Saturday at HarborCenter, 1:30pm puck drop.

The Beauts have won two of their last three games since the somewhat surprise firing of co-coaches Ric Seiling and Craig Muni on Dec.7.

The Beauts are fresh off a 4-0 win over Minnesota last Sunday. It was their first win in four games against the expansion Whitecaps.

It also marked the first weekend that Cody McCormick was behind the bench since being hired as the interim head coach. GM Nik Fattey coached the team in their win over the Whale on Dec.8.

Those first couple of practices under McCormick were a challenge for the team as they dealt with a crash course in the changes McCormick wanted to make. But they responded well with solid back-to-back efforts against the Whitecaps. 

“They’re trying to get to know us,” goalie Shannon Szabados said.

“We’re trying to get to know their systems and the roles they want us to play and the systems they want us to play.”

The Pride (14 points) will be another difficult test as they enter the game tied with Minnesota for first place.

The Pride also has three of the top seven scorers in the league in Haley Skrupa (11 points), McKenna Brand and Gigi Marvin, who both have nine points.

But the Beauts will counter with plenty of firepower in the NWHL’s top two scorers Hayley Scamurra (14) and Maddie Elia (12) who factored into all four goals in the 4-0 win over Minnesota. 

Dani Cameranesi is also on the leaderboard with nine points.

Who will start in net for the Beauts is a toss-up.

Nicole Hensley earned the shutout in the win over the Whitecaps, but Szabados played very well in their 2-1 loss to Minnesota on Saturday. Szabados was also between the pipes for the win the last time the two clubs played each other on Nov.18.

McCormick really can’t go wrong with either girl in goal.

It will be Super Hero theme day with a ticket special of buy one price regular ticket, get a children’s ticket for $5.

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