ATL : 10.25 – 10.28: A recap of the CCWHA action each week.
MIAMI/ROBERT MORRIS – The two CCWHA members took to the ice for a two game series at the Redhawks’ home ice, where Miami emerged with both wins, 3-1 and 6-4. A scoreless first period between the No. 6 and the No. 13 Nationally ranked teams, and then Madison Schultz would open up the scoring at the 14:52 mark in the second period for Robert Morris. Bria Berggren with the helper for the RMU lead. Miami answered quickly after, at the 15:47 mark to bring the score even with a goal from Angela Bucci. The game-tying goal had an assist from Audra Vanroboys. The third third period saw two more goals, both from Miami. Amanda Pugliese and Sara Gargasz would secure Redhawk win with a helper from Darby Edmondson on the Pugliese game-winner. Annette Scislowicz had 26 saves on 28 shots for Robert Morris, while Erin Sparks picked up the W on 16 saves on 17 shots for Miami.
Saturday’s 6-4 Miami win got started with a 2-0 period with Pugliese and Edmondson goals. At 9:32 into the second, the Redhawk lead was cut in half as Makaila Anderson found open net for Robert Morris, unassisted. And just a minute later, Cassidy Schukat would tie the game, also unassisted. Gargasz and Bucci added onto their weekend goal tally and each added a single goal to end the second period of play, giving Miami a 4-2 lead. Anderson put in another goal for the Eagles to make it a one goal game with plenty of hockey left to play. The Redhawks had other ideas as Maizy Crandall would find the back of the net with five minutes remaining in the game. But the Eagles weren’t out yet as Morgan Donchez put in her first of the weekend for another one goal lead for Miami. But Katie Sciales stopped the late Robert Morris comeback as she found another Miami goal at 19:35. Scislowicz was in net once again for RMU, stopping 20 of 26 shots, while Sparks picked up her second win of the weekend for Miami with 17 saves on 21 shots.
The weekends third star goes to MU’s Sparks (33/38), second star belongs to RMU’s Scislowicz (46/54), and first star is awarded to MU’s Pugliese (2g, 1a).
(The games recapped below are considered “ACHA exhibition games” and do not count towards CCWHA standings or statistics)
AQUINAS/MCKENDREE – In a showcase weekend, the Saints took on McKendree for their first of three games in a weekend. The Bearcats grabbed four goals to AQ’s zero. Ally Kennedy was in net for the Saints stopping 42 of 46 shots faced.
AQUINAS/ARIZONA STATE – In their second game of the weekend, the Saints took on the Sun Devils. Arizona State took a quick lead, twenty seconds into play, and put in a second goal 14:49 into the first period. Kelli Adrian of Aquinas broke the donut on the board for a 2-1 game at 4:07 into second period play. However the Sun Devils would find a third goal at the 4:54 mark to finish the scoring, for a 3-1 ASU win. Ally Kennedy was in net for the Saints stopping 46 shots on 49 shots on net. Aquinas fired 29 total shots in the offensive zone.
AQUINAS/CONCORDIA – Their third and final game had the Saints facing off against ACHA newcomer, Concordia University. Aquinas would pick up a 5-1 win as Isabelle Piotrowski found the only goal in the first period, unassisted. Mikayla Oppermann added a second goal with help from Gabrielle Fournier in the second period. To finish out the win, Avery Martin, Amelia Bartels, and Kelli Adrian each found the back of the net within the third period while Concordia also found open net once during the third. Ally Kennedy picked up her first win on the weekend, stopping 14 of 15 shots faced, while the Saints offense put up 71 shots on goal.
ADRIAN/LIBERTY – The Bulldogs welcomed the Flames of Liberty University to town for a two-game series, and a rematch of the 2018 ACHA National Championship game. Game one brought an opening scoreless period between the two rivals, but Huntyr Bosher fired one past the Flames’ goaltender to take the lead at 9:02 in the second period of play. Tanya Candido and Katrina Robinson with the first goal helpers. Liberty would tie the game before the end of the second period. At 6:52 in the third period, when the Bulldogs were found on the powerplay, Brittany Levasseur would soar one in to take a 2-1 lead over the defending National Champions. Olivia Ziemba and Freya Holferty with the big assists on the eventual game-winning goal. Bosher would later find her second goal of the game with seconds remaining in the game to secure the 3-1 win. Dana Colombo was in net for Adrian, stopping 24 of 25 shots on net while the Bulldogs put up 27 shots on goal at the other end.
No winners in game two, as the Bulldogs and Flames played to a 4-4 tie. Bosher would again get things going for Adrian with two goals in the first period, one at 6:24 and the other at 13:06. Katrina Robinson made it 3-0 with three minutes left in the first, with help from Taylor Murcek and Levasseur. Liberty returned for the second period and found two goals of their own before Sam Fortune would fire another home. To end the period Liberty would find one more to make it 4-3 with one period remaining. Liberty would find a fourth goal mid-way through the third, while neither team could find the back of the net the rest of the third nor in the extra period of play. Colombo was between the pipes once again making 33 saves on 37 shots while the Bulldogs had 23 shots on the Flames’ goaltender.