ATL: 11.30 – 12.2

ATL: 11.30 – 12.2

ATL 11.30 – 12.2 : A recap of CCWHA play during the weekend.

ADRIAN/MICHIGAN – The No. 1 ACHA ranked Bulldogs took on the then No. 13 Wolverines. Game one saw a goal from Adrian’s Olivia Pollari 15:00 minutes into the first period, and no more for the rest of the game. The Wolverine’s goaltender, Bailey Hamill, fended off the Bulldog’s attempts at goals and had a total of 41 saves on 42 shots all game. Dana Colombo would pick up the shutout win with 13 saves for Adrian. Game two, although another win for Adrian, was another close game between the top ranked Bulldogs and the Wolverines. A 3-0 win with goals from Brittany Levasseur, Taylor Murcek and Olivia Ziemba powered Adrian to the sweep. Kalysta Coulter would grab the shutout on Sunday with 11 saves, while Hamill would stop 41 shots for the second day in a row this time facing a total of 44 shots on goal.

Third star of the game goes to AC’s Levasseur (1 GWG, 1a), second star belongs to UM’s Hamill (82/86), and first star is awarded to AC’s Pollari (1 GWG, 1a).

MICHIGAN STATE/MIAMI – The then No. 7 Redhawks journeyed to East Lansing to take on No. 4 Nationally ranked Spartans. In a 4-3 Miami win, Michigan State would hold the lead after one period of play with an Ashley Astor goal. Before Miami’s three come-back goals, the Spartans would tally a second to begin the second period thanks to Julia Lutz. Forward Kendal Anderson with assists on both of Michigan State’s early goals. Miami would fire back with three goals unanswered from Sara Gargasz, Darby Edmondson and Emily Sloan to take the lead after forty minutes of play. Edmondson would tally a short-handed goal for Miami during the second period. Lutz would tie things up early in the third before Gargasz struck for her second time on a Saturday evening to win the game. Miami assist tallies came from Gargasz, Edmondson, Audra Vanroboys and Alexis Russell. In net for Michigan State stood Kathryn Hamer who made 13 saves on 17 total shots from the Redhawks. Erin Sparks picked up the win for Miami with 23 total saves on 26 shots.

A second thrilling game on Sunday saw four periods of hockey since regulation time wasn’t enough for these two teams. Maizy Crandall started things to give Miami the lead after the first period, and a second short-handed Miami goal to start the second, from Gargasz, would put the Redhawks up by two with a lot of hockey left. This time Michigan State would find three unanswered goals starting with one from Kelsey Jaeckle late in the second period to trim the Redhawk lead to one. Morgan Graham would find the only goal, and game-tying goal, in the third period with help from Maddie Wolsmann and Jaeckle. In the extra period of hockey, two minutes into play, Graham would tally another to win it for Michigan State. Hamer was in net for game two, getting the OT win with 23 saves on 25 shots, while Sparks picked up 21 saves on 24 shots faced.

Third star of the weekend goes to MSU’s Anderson (3a), second star goes to MSU’s Graham (2g, 1a), first star is awarded to MU’s Gargasz (3g, 1a).

MICHIGAN STATE/AQUINAS – In a single game series, the Spartans took down Aquinas with a 6-2 win on a Friday night. Three goals in the first period saw two for Michigan State and one for Aquinas. Sherine Diffendal got goal on at 7:12, shortly after Isabelle Piotrowski of Aquinas would tie things up. Morgan Graham forced back the Spartans’ lead with a goal in front late into the first period. Maddie Wolsmann, Katie Krumm, Kelsey Jaeckle, and Graham put up the assists for Michigan State while Amelia Bartels and Tori Feddema had the helpers on Piotrowski’s goal. A tied game for the second time would happen before the five minute mark as Piotrowski put in her second of the night, unassisted. A backhand goal from Wolsmann would again put the Spartans on top once again. Amelia Schroeder, Genevieve Nantais, and Katie Krumm all would find goals before the end of regulation to secure Michigan State’s win. Ally Kennedy made 57 saves on 63 shots for Aquinas while Jenna Stanley was in net for the Spartans making 12 saves on 14 shots.

Third star of the game goes to AQ’s Piotrowski (2g), second star belongs to MSU’s Wolsmann (1 GWG. 1a), first star is awarded to MSU’s Jaeckle (3a).

(The games recapped below are considered “ACHA exhibition games” and do not count towards CCWHA standings or statistics)

GRAND VALLEY/LIBERTY – The Lakers took on an exhibition series against the No. 2 ranked Liberty Flames. In Friday’s first game, Allison Carlson scored the lone goal for Grand Valley in the second period. 32 shots were fired off in the offensive zone for GV while Lauren Allen made 40 saves on 44 shots. The Flames would pick up the 7-1 win on Saturday with Haley Keary being the lone goal scorer in game two to, at the time, make it a 1-1 game. Carlson and Rachael Smith with the helpers while Morgan Lang stopped 42 shots after facing a total of 49. Grand Valley put up 21 shots on the Flames’ goaltender.

ROBERT MORRIS/MCKENDREE – A faceoff between the then No. 6 McKendree University and then No. 15 Eagles saw a win from each team in the series. McKendree would take the first win, 4-2. Abby Cardew with a goal in period one after Julia Vara and Dayna Sherman did some passing. Tied 1-1 after twenty minutes, Bria Berggren kept the game tied, this time at two with help from Emily Urban. McKendree would pull ahead in the third period with two unanswered goals to keep the lead. Lauren Yomantas would make 25 saves on 29 shots on goal while the Eagles tallied 28 total shots in their offensive zone. A low scoring game on Saturday, but a big win for Robert Morris as they tallied the 1-0 win for a split weekend. Morgan Donchez put up the score, unassisted in period two. Yomantas would earn the shutout win while fending off all 24 shots on goal while the Eagles had 32 shots on net.

AQUINAS/CONCORDIA – The Saints would end up with a split weekend as they earned a 5-0 win over Concordia on Saturday. Ashley Reese begun the scoring in the shutout win at the 8:00 minute mark with a pass from Breanna Domrase which would go on to be the game-winning-goal. Two more goals in the second period from the sticks of Avery Martin and Natalie Vaitas would give Aquinas a 3-0 lead after two periods of play. Vaitas would make it a two goal night just three minutes into play, and Gabrielle Fournier would finish out the scoring for the Saints, unassisted. Piotrowski would tally an assist on the first Vaitas goal while Mikayla Opperman grabbed the assist on the second Vaitas goal. Ally Kennedy was in net for the shutout win, stopping all four shots on goal. The Saints put up a whomping 113 shots on the Concordia netminder.

DAVENPORT/LIBERTY – The Panthers took on Liberty for a single game exhibition series, where Courtney Mulligan scored the lone Davenport goal seventeen seconds into the third period. Jaiden Forrest and Emily Ellis would tally the assists. Julia Gaynor was in net for DU, stopping 46 of 57 shots on goal while eight shots were put onto the Flames’ goaltender.

Author: Mackenzie Smith, Communications Manager

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