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How to Watch: Nov. 17–18

NWHL, CWHL play is back!

Shannon Szabados
Kristin Ostowski

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Saturday, Nov. 17

Buffalo Beauts at Boston Pride at 7:30 p.m. — YouTube

The Pride come out of the Four Nations break with a huge two-game test against the Beauts. Rookie goalie Katie Burt will stand across from two seasoned Olympians while facing her biggest test in the NWHL thus far. The Beauts are a solid team, much more so than the Riveters and the Whale (the Pride’s only opponents) have been this season. One advantage the Pride may have on the Beauts — the lack of travel in their schedule thus far. This will be their fourth (and fifth) straight home game.

Oh, yeah — and the Red Sox World Series trophy will be at the game.

Die By The Blades’ preview

Sunday, Nov. 18

Connecticut Whale at Metropolitan Riveters at 2 p.m. — Twitter Game of the Week

The Whale added to the pod over the break. They signed defender Taylor Marchin after her professional tryout. Goalie Maria Sorokina made it to the States as well, rounding out their goaltending trio. The Whale are on the hunt for their first win of the season.

The Riveters have had a tough showing of this season, going 1–5. They looked better in their final game before the two-week Four Nations break, so this matchup will be a good chance to see if it was a fluke or if things are turning around for the reigning Isobel Cup champions.

Buffalo Beauts at Boston Pride at 2:30 p.m. — YouTube

A rare non-Whitecaps double header continues...

CWHL

Saturday, Nov. 17

Markham Thunder at KRS Vanke Rays at 1:30 a.m. (Eastern Time)

This game will probably be over by time you read this. But it is the rubber match for the Thunder’s trip across the Pacific. The first two games went to overtime, with KRS Vanke Rays taking Wednesday’s game and the Thunder taking Friday’s game.

Les Canadiennes de Montreal at Worcester Blades at 3:30 p.m. in the DCU Center

This game is one of the products of the Blades move to Worcester: a doubleheader with the local ECHL team in the DCU Center. While the game will most likely be a blowout with the visitors emerging the victors, it’s a great opportunity to showcase women’s hockey to Worcester with superstars like Hilary Knight and Marie-Philip Poulin putting on a show.

Calgary Inferno at Toronto Furies at 7 p.m. — sportscanada.tv

The 3–4 Furies will have a tough go of it this weekend with the Inferno, who have only lost one game this season — their first against Montreal. This weekend’s games will most likely prove who are the top two in the CWHL.

This is also the first game of a new streaming partnership for the Furies.

Sunday, Nov. 18

Les Canadiennes de Montreal at Worcester Blades at 12:30 p.m.

Calgary Inferno at Toronto Furies at 3:15 p.m. — sportscanada.tv