ROBERT MORRIS/MICHIGAN –  The first league series of the new year had the Eagles hosting the Wolverines, with Michigan coming out on top in both games, 3-2 and 4-1. Friday’s game had Robert Morris with the first goal from Bria Berggren. The lone goal in the first period came after a pass from Allyson Zachwieja. Michigan tied the game with a Carolyn Andonian goal after a pass from Sarah Girard at the 14:36 mark in the second. Makaila Anderson made sure that RMU had the lead going into the second break of the game with two minutes to play in the second. Emily Urban had the assist on the Anderson goal. Ania Dow brought the score to 2-2 two minutes into the final period of play after a Rachel Hysong pass. The game-winning-goal came off the stick of Lia Harrington after help from Madelyn McEachern. In net for Michigan, Bailey Hamill made 22 saves on 24 shots faced while Lauren Yomantas was between the pipes for Robert Morris making 27 saves on 30 shots on goal.

On Sunday, the Wolverines tallied four goals before RMU’s Rebecca Dilley found the back of the net in the third period. Michigan’s first goal came from the stick of Harrington, who finished the scoring in the first game of the series. Harrington’s goal came at the 1:26 mark in the first after passes from Dow and Mercedes Reyes. The second Michigan goal came in the first period as well, at 3:39, this time a pass from Grace Nardiello was sent to Sarah Lather who put the Wolverines up by two. In the second period came one of two power play goals of the weekend, this time Dow would get the goal with an assist from Reyes. At 10:40 into the third, Morgan Baird grabbed Michigan’s fourth and final goal after passes from Nardiello and Caroline Hurd, again on the powerplay. Hamill was in net again for U of M making 35 saves on 36 shots while Yomantas was at the opposite end making 30 saves on 34 shots faced.

Third star of the weekend goes to RMU’s Yomantas (57/64), second star belongs to UM’s Dow (2g, 1a), and first star of the weekend is awarded to UM’s Hamill (57/60).

GRAND VALLEY/OHIO STATE – The Lakers traveled to the Buckeyes in Ohio for each of their first games of 2017. Grand Valley tallied both wins, 8-0 and 4-2. In the 8-0 first game, Morgan Lang picked up the shutout with eight saves for GV. Goals came from Briana Weglarz, Meyers (3), Beebe (3) and Taylor Lampar. The apples were registered by Corey Robison, Allison Stapleton (2), Brelin Tasker (3), Sally Hoerr (2), Karyn Schmaltz, and Beebe (2). For Ohio State, Selena Hunter was in net making 60 saves on 68 shots on goal.

Just 19 seconds into the first period of the second game, Meyers grabbed Grand Valley the early lead with help from Stapleton and Beebe. The Buckeyes responded mid-way through the first as Courtney Trudeau put in the first Ohio State goal of the weekend. Beebe took back the Laker lead before the end of first period play with a shot with 2:00 left in the first. Haley Keary and Meyers with the assists on the Beebe power play goal. Trudeau struck again in the second to tie the game again, at two goals each. Beebe would tally her second goal of the game after an Alex Brinkman feed at 15:15 into the second period before Weglarz would grab her second of the weekend to make it 4-2. Brinkman and Tasker with the assists on the Weglarz goal. OSU has Emily Ciborek in net this time, making 55 saves on 59 shots faced while Lang was in net again for GV stopping 15 of 17 shots.

Third star of the weekend goes to GV’s Meyers (4g, 1a), second star belongs to GV’s Tasker (4a), and first star is awarded to GV’s Beebe (5g, 3a).

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

AQUINAS/DAVENPORT – A cross-town, cross-league showdown took place on Saturday night in Grand Rapids. Division 2 Aquinas College faced off with Division 1 Davenport University, with the Panthers registering the 3-1 win. The Saints grabbed the first goal of the game from Marlowe Pentecost after a scoreless first period of play. AQ maintained that single goal lead to end the second, before Adrienne Porcalla of Davenport opened up the scoring at the 4:38 mark of the third. Laken Kunz tallied the game-winner just nine minutes later after a Jaiden Forrest pass. Davenport’s third goal was put in by Molly Byrum after a sauce from Porcalla to finish the game. Holly Ensley made 61 saves on 64 shots for Aquinas, while Dawn Salo stopped 18 of 19 shots faced for Davenport.

Third star of the game goes to DU’s Porcalla (1g, 1a), second star belongs to DU’s Kunz (1 GWG), and first star is awarded to AQ’s Ensley (61/64).

MIAMI/MASSACHUSETTS– The University of Massachusetts came to the Midwest to take on a three-game weekend, two of which being against the reigning National Champions, Miami University. In Friday’s matinee game, Miami tallied the 2-1 win. A scoreless first period brought about an Ireland Mooney goal in the second. Ellen Chiligris and Katie Augustine with the assists on the powerplay goal. UMass would respond before the end of the second to tie the game. The third period resembled the first, with no scoring so extra hockey was up next. Izzy Smith tallied the game-winner just 1:51 into OT with passes from Rachael Booth and Caroline Noble. In net for Miami was Emalee Wills making 23 saves on 24 shots on goal. The Redhawk offense put up 37 shots on goal.

Saturday’s game also faired to be a closed game, as a winner could not be decided, even after over time. UMass got things started first and held onto that one goal lead until the third period. Noble found the back of the net to get Miami fired up and to tie the game. Smith and Booth with the assists on the first Redhawk goal. Katie Augustine put Miami in the lead with help from Booth and Kaley Mooney with 13:00 to play in the third. UMass found the game-tying goal with five to play and neither team could light the lamp in over time. Wills was in net once again making 23 saves on 25 shots faced, while Miami fired off 38 total shots on Massachuetts.

MICHIGAN STATE/MINNESOTA – A CCWHA Division 1 team facing off against a Western team with two former CCWHA members, the Spartans against the Gophers. Minnesota would grab an early lead in what proved to be an even back-and-forth game, mid-way through the first period. Michigan State answered back to start the second as Maddie Wolsmann soared the puck into the net, unassisted. Minnesota wasted no time in taking back the lead, and keeping it throughout the rest of the second. Wolsmann found Kelsey Jaeckle, who put the Spartans back on even ground with the Gophers in the third. But once again, Minnesota found open net to go back up by one. With a 3-2 lead in favor of the Gophers, Sherine Diffendal sent a slapper on net to make it 3-3 with five minutes left in the third. The Spartans suffered another comeback from Minnesota as they put the puck in the net once more to finish out regulation play and taking the win 4-3. Kathryn Hamer made 33 saves on 37 shots on net while Michigan State threw 31 shots on the Minnesota netminder.

To begin the second game in the exhibition series, the Spartan’s jumped out into the lead first after a Kelsey Cross goal 12:00 into play. Andrea Uglietta and Diffendal tally assists on the Cross goal. Déjà vu, Minnesota answered before the end of play in the first. The second period brought three goals for Michigan State as Wolsmann tallied one 0:19 seconds into play. Jaeckle with the assist on the second MSU goal. While on the powerplay just two minutes later, Jaeckle found the back of the net herself after a pass from Ashley Astor, now 3-1. Wolsmann grabbed goal number two with help from Jaeckle and Astor before Minnesota responded twice, unanswered. A one goal game, still in the second period, until Lauren Larson lit the lamp to give the Spartans a healthier lead going into the third period. Neither team could find a goal in the final 20 minutes of play, so a 5-3 win for Michigan State. Hannah Johnson was in net this time for MSU making 29 saves on 32 shots while the Spartan offense threw out 40 shots on goal.

ADRIAN/UMASS – Adrian College took part in a single game series with Massachusetts while they were in town, picking up an exhibition win, 2-1. Tara Wrbelis tallied the first goal of the game 0:13 into the second period, Brittany Levasseur with the assist. Back-to-back goals, one for Adrian and one for Massachusetts, as Meagan Coleman put in the game-winner for the Bulldogs. Alison Dungey stopped 14 of 15 shots faced while the Adrian offense threw out 35 shots on goal.

Author: Mackenzie Smith, Communications Manager

Graphic: Maria Barlow

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