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Beauts agree to terms with forward Fonfara; shut out Whale in season opener

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Mon, Oct 8th 2018 09:50 am
Over the weekend, the Buffalo Beauts  announced the team agreed to terms with forward Meghan Fonfara.
"Meghan came to our free agent camp and clearly showed that her athleticism would be a nice fit for our organization," Beauts General Manager Nik Fattey said. "She is another strong local player that will add to our already competitive roster."
Fonfara (age 22, 6'0") has spent the past four seasons (2014-18) playing for Elmira College (UCHC). She recorded 65 points (34 goals, 31 assists) in 93 games played for the Soaring Eagles, including a career-high 26 points (12/24) in 30 games during her senior season.
A native of Elma, Fonfara was named to the ECAC West All-Academic Team in 2016 and 2017, and earned D3hockey.com National Team of the Week honors for the week of Nov. 17-25, 2015.
The Buffalo Beauts kicked off their 2018-19 NWHL season in dominant fashion Sunday, shutting out the Connecticut Whale 4-0 at Terry Conners Ice Rink in Connecticut.
The Beauts were led by a pair of last season's rookie standouts in Maddie Elia and Hayley Scamurra, who each scored two goals in the win. Elia ignited the Beauts' hot start with two first period goals in less than three minutes while Scamurra registered a pair of her own in the third period to seal the victory. The local standouts tied for Buffalo's team lead in points last season.
Two of Buffalo's key additions served as catalysts today, as Team USA gold medalists Dani Cameranesi and Nicole Hensley each made an impact in their first game with the Beauts. Hensley stopped all 10 shots she faced to record Buffalo's first shutout of the season and Cameranesi joined her linemates Elia and Scamurra on the scoresheet with two assists. Buffalo's top line of Scamurra, Elia, and Cameranesi combined for a total of 8 points in the game.
Despite being held off the scoresheet, two-time NWHL All-Star Kelly Babstock was a standout in her return to Connecticut and recorded a game-high seven shots on goal. Babstock played three professional seasons with the Whale and became the franchise leader in points before signing with the Beauts in June.
The Beauts have now won their past seven regular-season games against the Whale and will look to extend their streak next week when Buffalo hosts Connecticut in its home opener on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Harborcenter. Puck drop is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

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