ATL: 2.15-2.17 – A recap of CCWHA play during the weekend.
ADRIAN/LIBERTY – The No. 1 in the nation Adrian College took on a new non-league rival, built in the last few years, Liberty University. With a win and a tie earlier in the season, the Bulldogs traveled to the Flames for a second two-game series. Game one was hard fought, with only a one goal difference at the final buzzer, the Flames on top, 5-4. Liberty would have a one goal lead after the first period, grabbing two goals of their own to one Adrian goal from Nicole Paradis. Two more goals tacked on by the No. 2 Flames would make it 4-1 heading into the third. Kaillie Hardy grabbed goal two for the Bulldogs, and following closely behind with another goal was Celina Clark for yet another one goal game. Hardy would get the tying goal with ten minutes to play in the game, and the momentum had officially swung towards the Bulldog side. However, Liberty would be the ones to put in the next goal, four minutes later, and would successfully fend off a fiesty Adrian College for the rest of the game. Dana Colombo was in net for Adrian making 17 saves on 22 shots faced, while the Bulldogs sent off 21 shots in the offensive zone.
Game two saw a six goal first period, with Adrian grabbing two goals to Liberty’s four. Paradis and Clark tallied the goals, but the Flames would find four more goals during the second and third periods to take down the Bulldogs for a second time. Colombo made 12 saves on 16 shots while Kalysta Coulter stopped 31 of 35 between the pipes. Kelly Rae Zdan, Huntyr Bosher (2), Erica McDonald (2), Colby Donald, Meagan Coleman, Hardy and Paradis would all put up assists in the two game weekend.
MIAMI/MIDLAND – The No. 5 ACHA ranked Redhawks welcomed Midland University to town for a two game non-league series this past weekend, which included two exciting games, one of which that needed two over time periods. Game one saw two goals from Midland, one in the first and one in the second, neither answered by Miami until the third period. Angela Bucci would start the comeback for the Redhawks with a goal at the 10:25 mark in the third period. Emily Sloan would be credited with the assist, and the next shift Sloan would put in a goal for herself to tie the game. A tie it would stay, as no more goals could be found throughout the rest of the third period, nor during the two extra periods of hockey the two teams played. 34 shots on goal for Miami, while Ripley Crosley stopped 18 of 20 shots faced for the Redhawks.
Game two brought a Miami win, but not before needing another overtime period. Midland struck first again, but not until the second period. Miami answered back with four to play in the third with a goal from newly selected U.S. National University Team member Christiana VonAulock with an assist from Sloan. Before the thirty second mark could hit in the extra period of hockey, Sara Gargasz found the back of the net to end the game. Erin Sparks picked up the win in game two with 10 saves on 11 shots, while the Redhawks fired 24 shots on their opponent’s net.
MICHIGAN STATE/MASSACHUSETTS – The Minutemen made their way to Michigan to take on two CCWHA league members, Michigan State and the Wolverines of Michigan. The No. 4 nationally ranked Spartans were Massachusetts third game of the weekend, and a 7-2 victory was slotted by the green and white. Katie Krumm would get the only goal in the first stanza, while Morgan Graham would start things off in the second for Michigan State. Massachusetts found two goals within the second period, but Graham would put in another before Kendal Anderson would find her first of the game to give the Spartans a 4-2 lead after 40 minutes. With two more goals from Anderson and a single goal from Maddie Wolsmann, Michigan State pulled ahead, 7-2 to finish out their regular season. Tess Mcmanaman, Madison Baker (2), Andrea Uglietta, Ashley Astor (2), Kelsey Jaeckle, and Wolsmann all tallied assists in the big win. Kathryn Hamer would make 17 saves on 19 shots while the Spartans put up 24 shots on goal.
MICHIGAN/MASSACHUSETTS – The Wolverines hosted the Minutemen in two games, Friday and Saturday, with Massachusetts grabbing both wins in the non-league series, 7-0 and 9-2. MaryClaire Shorkey and Taylor Lundberg would find the only two Michigan goals over the weekend, while Brooke Pierce stopped 35 shots on 42 faced in game one, and stopped 14 of 17 in game two. Erin Andrews saw time in Saturday’s game, with 22 saves on 28 shots.