AROUND THE LEAGUE– A recap of the CCWHA teams in action in each week.
MICHIGAN/ROBERT MORRIS – In game one, the Eagles found a goal in the first period from Alex Nurse and a goal in the second from Abby Cardew to tally the first win in the series against the Wolverines. Madison Schultz, Kayla Winkleman, and Caroline Snyder grabbed the assists in the 2-0 win. For the shutout and stopping all 34 shots on goal for Robert Morris, was Laura Noble. In net for Michigan was Bailey Hamill, who made 16 saves on 18 shots faced.
Game two brought more goals, and a one goal margin in the final 3-2 tally. Bria Berggren began the game with a goal at the 16:57 mark in the first period to give RMU the lead after twenty minutes. Emily Urban and Madison Pfalzer with the assists on the first Eagle’s goal. Michigan would strike for their first time of the weekend in the second period, eight minutes in, with a goal from Caroline Hurd to tie the game. Jenna Trubiano and Hannah Hamilton recorded the assists on the Michigan tally. The maize and blue found their second goal of the weekend with five minutes left in the second, this time from Kyra Mangasarian. Passes on the goal two for UofM were given from Mercedes Reyes and Morgan Baird. One minute into third period play, Rachel Hysong would put in the fourth goal of the game and Michigan’s third goal to take a 3-1 lead. Robert Morris would come within one, striking again at 13:38 with a goal from Makaila Anderson, but Hamill, in net for Michigan, would block the rest of RMU’s shots. Lauren Yomantas was in net for the Eagles, making 31 saves on 34 shots, while Hamill blocked 18 of 20 shots faced.
Third star of the weekend goes to RMU’s Noble (34/34, SOW), second star belongs to UM’s Trubiano (2a), and first star is awarded to RMU’s Berggren (1g, 1a).
ADRIAN/DAVENPORT – Adrian College traveled to Grand Rapids to take on CCWHA member, Davenport University. The Bulldogs picked up a shutout win, with a total of 13 goals against the Panthers. Adrian found five goals in both the first and second periods, and three during the final period of play. Dana Colombo was in net for the Bulldogs, making 15 saves for the shutout. Goals came from Tara Wrbelis (1g, 2a), Alexa Wyczynski (2g), Courtney Hoke (1g), Taylor Murcek (1g, 1a), Kaillie Hardy (3g, 2a), Jessie Rushing (1g, 1a), Nicole Paradis (1g, 4a), Brittany Levasseur (1g, 1a), and Danica Polson (1g, 1a). In net for Davenport was Julie Gaynor stopping 32 of 44 shots faced, and Dawn Salo stopped 10 of 11 shots.
Third star of the game was AC’s Colombo (15/15, SOW), second star belongs to AC’s Paradis (1g, 4a), and first star is awarded to AC’s Hardy (3g, 2a).
MICHIGAN/LIBERTY – The Flames made a trip to Michigan to take on CCWHA members Michigan and Adrian. In their first game faced off with the Wolverines, taking them down 5-3 with an empty net fifth goal with one second remaining in regulation. Rewind to the first period, Michigan tallied first, just 0:43 into game play with a goal from Caroline Hurd. The two assists came from Grace Nardiello and Jenna Trubiano. Liberty grabbed two goals mid-way through the first to take a 2-1 lead after the first period. Hannah Hamilton of Michigan would tie the game early in the second after passes from Trubiano and goaltender Bailey Hamill. Liberty would, again, find two goals to Michigan’s one, to bring the score to 4-2 in LU’s favor. Hamilton would strike again though at 17:17 in the second period, making it a one goal game against the No. 2 ranked team in the nation. With a single second left in the third, with Hamill pulled, the Flames sent the puck flying for the empty netter to secure their win, 5-3. Hamill made 29 saves on 33 shots on net for Michigan, while the Wolverines fired 28 shots towards Liberty.
ADRIAN/LIBERTY – Liberty continued their Michigan trip to face off with then No. 1 ranked Bulldogs. The Flames would find two unanswered goals, one in the first twenty-four seconds of the first period, and the second at 3:04 in the second. Brittany Levasseur would break the mold for Adrian, putting in a goal at 7:51in the second with help from Nicole Paradis and Tara Wrbelis. Liberty would grab two more goals in the third period to take the win, 4-1 over Adrian. 18 shots were sent at the LU goaltender from Adrian, while Alison Dungey blocked 23 of 26 shots while in net for the Bulldogs.
MIAMI/LINDENWOOD-BELLEVILLE – The No. 6 and No. 7 teams in the country took to the ice, with a split weekend surfacing. Lindenwood took the first game 3-1, and Miami found the win in game two, 3-1. Emily Sloan found the lone goal for Miami in game during the second period, answering to LUB’s goal found four minutes earlier. Amanda Pugliese and Darby Edmonson would be credited with assists on Sloan’s goal. Within the third period, two goals tallied, both by Lindenwood-Belleville. Rachel Damrath was in net for the Redhawks stopping 27 of 30 shots faced, while the Miami offense put up 34 shots on goal.
Game two had similar scoring with no scoring in the first. This time Miami would put in the first goal, with a shot from Edmondson to go up 1-0 in the second. Natalie Hornbuckle with the assist on the first tally of the game. Katie Sciales found the back of the net for the first time of the weekend at 3:37 in the third after a pass from Nicole Matthews to take a 2-0 lead. Lindenwood registered a goal, at 3:57, but Edmondson would respond with her second of the game, unassisted, at 10:56. Erin Sparks picked up the win with 26 saves on 27 shots, while the LUB goaltender saw 30 shots on goal.
GRAND VALLEY/MCKENDREE – The Lakers traveled to take on non-conference member, McKendree, and tallied a tie in the first game and suffered a loss in game two. In the 2-2 tie, Lauren Allen was in net making 32 saves on 34 shots faced. Amanda Rachke and Rachel Smith grabbed GVSU’s goals, both in the second period of play. Alex Brinkman, Brelin Tasker, Corey Robison and Allison Stapleton registered the assist for the Lakers. McKendree put in their two goals to tie the game in the third period, while their goaltender saw 29 shots on goal.
Allison Carlson would find the only goal for Grand Valley, coming at 17:50 in the first period after help from Robison and Allison Lowe. McKendree found a goal a piece in the second and third period. Taylor Watson was in net for GVSU stopping 27 of 29 shots while the Lakers sent off 28 shots in the offensive zone.
AQUINAS/MICHIGAN STATE II – Aquinas, Division 1, faced off with Michigan State, Division 2, for the second time this season, with the Saints tallying win two and three against the DII Spartans. Four goals for the Saints, one in the first, two in the second, and one in the third before the Spartans found open net. Sydney Johnson, Piotrowski (2g), and Amelia Bartels were the AQ goal scorers. Piotrowski and Maria Manko (2a) tallied the helpers on the four Aquinas goals. Katie Iandoli was the Spartan who broke the shutout at 13:38 in the third period, with Natalie Masopaust registering the assist. Ally Kennedy put up 26 saves on 27 shots for the win while Danielle Williams fended off 37 saves on 41 shots for Michigan State in game one.
Game two brought a 6-1 win for Aquinas, with three goals coming in the first, two goals in the second and a single goal in the third for AQ. Karina Lucchese would get the goal for Michigan State at 5:45 in the first before the Saints scoring streak. Shelby Gregoire with the helper on goal one in the game for MSU. Alessandra Sorenson (1g, 2a), Manko (3g, 1a), Avery Martin, and Natalie Vaitas found the goals for Aquinas. The assists were tallied by Piotrowski, and Maria Maguire. In net for Michigan State was Danielle Williams, and for the win in net was Holly Ensley for Aquinas.
Third star of the weekend goes to AQ’s Sorenson (1g, 2a), second star goes to AQ’s Piotrowski (2g, 2a), and first star is awarded to AQ’s Manko (3g, 3a).
Author: Mackenzie Smith, Communications Manager