CHAMPIONSHIP PREVIEW: Michigan State vs. Miami
SOUTH BEND, IN. – The Division 2 CCWHA Division 1 championship game is set to have the No. 6 seed, Michigan State University, against the No. 2 seed, Miami University. Puck drop is set for 1 pm at Compton Ice Arena.
SCOUTING THE REDHAWKS
The Redhawks are led in points by Kaley Mooney with 38 (18g, 20a). Mooney has put in six power play goals and a single game-winning-goal. Rachael Booth has racked up 29 points (19g, 10a), while tallying five power play goals and five game-winning-goals. Izzy Smith finishes out the top three point leaders with 23 (8g, 15a). Smith has put in two game-winners and two power play goals.
Emalee Wills has been in net for a 15-5-2 record this season. Wills averages 2.02 goals against per game while recording a .910 save percentage. Wills has earned three shutouts in 2016-17. Rachel Damrath has a 3-0 record after averaging 1.58 goals per game. Damrath has a single shutout and a .913 save percentage.
In their semi-final game at the CCWHA tournament, the Redhawsk took down Robert Morris, 5-4. Wills made 15 saves on 19 shots on goal. Booth (1g), Mooney (2g, 1a), Katie Augustine (1g, 1a) and Ellen Chiligris (1g) put in the five goals for Miami. Alyssa Visalli (2a) had the helpers.
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
Michigan State enters the title game at 12-11-1 in the ACHA, and 5-8-1-1 in the CCWHA. Helping the Spartans tally a total of 80 goals is Maddie Wolsmann who leads the team in points with 37 (22g, 15a). Wolsmann has put in four power play goals and four game-winning-goals. Kelsey Cross has grabbed 22 points (15g, 7a) while finding three power play goals and three game-winners. Kelsey Jaeckle is third in the point leaders with 17 (8g, 9a).
Kathryn Hamer has been in net for a 7-4-1 record this season. Hamer has recorded three shutouts, averages 2.19 goals against and has a .914 save percentage. Hannah Johnson has been in net for a 5-7-0 record and averages 2.76 goals against.
In their semi-final game against Adrian, the Spartans came out on top with a 6-5 win. Hamer was in net stopping 25 of 30 shots. Wolsmann (2g, 3a), Jaeckle (1g, 1a), Cross (1g), and Ashley Astor (1g) had the points in the win.
ABOUT THE SERIES : SPARTANS VS. REDHAWKS
Dating back to the 2014-15 season, Miami has picked up five wins to Michigan State’s one win.
Fans unable to make it to the games can follow the league’s official Twitter account, @ccwha_d1 for score updates as well as on Facebook, Central Collegiate Women’s Hockey Association, for period-by-period updates.
Author: Mackenzie Smith