MIAMI/MICHIGAN STATE – Michigan State finished out the first half of their season by hosting Miami in a two-game league series in East Lansing. In Friday’s matchup, Miami would tally three late first period goals, from Ellen Chiligris, Amanda Pugliese and Rachael Booth to lead Michigan State for two periods by three goals. Katie Augustine and Booth tallied assists on the first period Miami goals. The Spartans, while on the power play would find the back of the net with two minutes to play in the third after a Kelsey Jaeckle pass to Kelsey Cross, 3-1 final. Hannah Johnson was in net for Michigan State making 31 saves on 34 shots on net, while Emalee Wills was between the pipes for Miami stopping 33 of 34 shots faced.

Saturday’s matinee puck drop began differently, as Michigan State would grab the first goal of the game from Maddie Wolsmann after passes from Lauren Larson and Jaeckle at the 3:06 mark. Miami struck back with two answers before the end of the first period. The first from Alyssa Visalli with help from Booth and Chiligri, the second from Jordan Hanson after an Augustine pass on the power play. After a scoreless second period, the score remained 2-1 before Visalli would grab her second goal of the game to begin the third period. Shortly after Miami’s third goal, they increased the goal differential yet again, after a Carly Noble goal. Booth would get credit for the assist on the second Visalli goal while Nicole Matthews grabbed the assist on the Noble goal. Down 4-1, Wolsmann would work her magic again and make it a two goal game, unassisted. Barely 15 seconds later though, Miami fired back another answer, this time a goal from Booth with help from Noble and Izzy Smith on the power play. Kaley Mooney added on Miami’s 6th and final goal from Matthews at the 5:27 mark in the third. With another late third period goal, Michigan State put in their third goal on a 2-on-1 involving Kara Scaturro and Ashley Astor. Scaturro would grab the initial shot, with the rebound deflecting cross ice to Astor who had open net to send it home, 6-3. Wills was in net again for the Redhawks, making 23 saves on 25 shots on net before Rachel Damrath would step in to make four saves on five shots. Johnson was on the ice for Michigan State for the second time, stopping 34 of 40 shots.

Third star for the weekend goes to MU’s Visalli (2g), second star is MSU’s Johnson (65/74), and first star is awarded to MU’s Booth (2g, 3a).

GRAND VALLEY/ROBERT MORRIS – Friday’s game turned out to be a thriller, as the Lakers and the Eagles would need extra hockey to determine a winner. A single goal was found in the first, and was not put in until late into the period from Bria Berggren of Robert Morris. The Eagles would throw in two more unanswered goals during the second period from Makaila Anderson and Rebecca Dilley (from Emily Urban) for a 3-0 lead mid-way through the period. Grand Valley would get on the board with help from Alex Brinkman, unassisted, with 2:00 left in the second. The Lakers had their turn at three unanswered goals as they put in two more behind the RMU goaltender, Kendra Gallaher, to tie the game at three. Megyn Beebe from Corey Robison on the power play and Allison Stapleton would grab the points on the final two unanswered goals. Half way through the third, Grace Dynek would make it 4-3 after a Dilley pass. But Grand Valley had a quick answer this time, as Kendra Myers found herself a goal with a pass from Beebe, 4-4 with 19:45 left in the third. No goals led to a fourth period, where 1:24 into play, Dilley would score from the point with a pass from Anderson while on the power play for the win. Gallaher made 29 stops on 33 shots faced for RMU, while Taylor Watson was in net for Grand Valley stopping 16 of 21 shots.

Saturday’s game did not involve as many goals, as the final was 2-1, Grand Valley, but all three goals in the game were recorded during the third period. Briana Weglarz of Grand Valley started off the scoring 2:35 into the third after a Robison pass for the 1-0 lead. Urban would tie things up at one, unassisted before Allison Lowe would answer with the game-winning-goal for the Lakers with help from Sally Hoerr. Gallaher was between the pipes again for RMU, stopping 22 of 24 shots faced, while Lauren Allen was in for the second game for GV making 27 saves on 28 shots.

Third star of the weekend goes to GV’s Lowe (1 GWG), second star is RMU’s Dilley (2g, 1a), and first star is awarded to RMU’s Gallaher (51/57).

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

ADRIAN/MCKENDREE – The Bulldogs picked up two non-league wins against the Bearcats, 5-1 and 5-0. In Saturday’s shutout win, Kaillie Hardy, Taylor Murcek, Brittany Levasseur, Meagan Coleman and Nicole Paradis grabbed the Adrian goals. Tara Wrbelis, Kyleen Wilson, Paradis and Hardy had the assists while Alison Dungey grabbed the shutout and the win with 28 saves. The Bulldog offense threw 39 total shots on goal in game one.

No goals in the first period, one McKendree goal in the second, and five Adrian goals in the third period is the summary of Sunday’s matchup. Just like Saturday’s win, five different goal scorers were on the score sheet. Jessica Fabbro, Jessie Rushing, Wilson, Paradis, and Levasseur tallied the goals in the third period. Three power play goals from the Bulldogs, and nine skaters registering assists including Paige Fuoco, Marisa Shephard, Courtney Hoke, Hardy, Rushing, Fabbro, Paradis, Wilson and Murcek. In net for Adrian was Dana Colombo, making 13 saves on 14 shots, while 43 shots were put up by the Bulldog offense.

Author: Mackenzie Smith, Communications Manager

Graphic: Maria Barlow

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