ADRIAN, Mich. - Kaylyn Schroka scored the game-winning goal with just one minute remaining in the first overtime period to send the Bulldogs to their very first NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Championship semifinals in program history.
Final Score: Adrian 5, Elmira 4 - FINAL/OT
Location: Adrian, Michigan (Arrington Ice Arena)
Records: Adrian (27-2-0), Elmira (18-6-4)
HOW IT HAPPENED
First Period: Adrian 1, Elmira 1
• Adrian struck quickly, scoring in the opening two minutes of the first period when Sarah Shureb passed the puck behind the Elmira defense to Kristin Lewicki who scored a breakaway goal to put the Bulldogs up 1-0.
• Sarah Hughson would score the equalizer for the Soaring Eagles at the 19-minute mark of the first period to send the teams into the locker room for the first intermission tied at one.
• Adrian edged Elmira in shots on goal for the first period, 13-10.
Second Period: Adrian 3, Elmira 2
• Meghan Fonfara scored on the power play to give the Soaring Eagles their first lead of the game, 2-1, with 15:38 remaining in the second period.
• Lexi Tzafaroglou would knot things up at the 8:26 mark of the second when she scored a power-play goal on a slap shot from the blueline with just over 10 minutes remaining in the period.
• Schroka scored the first of her two goals at the 14:39 mark of the second also on a power play to give the Bulldogs their second lead of the game, 3-2.
• Elmira edged Adrian in the shots for the second period, 13-10. Both teams were tied with 23 shots on goal for the game after two periods. Both teams were also perfect on the power play in the second with Elmira going 1-1 and Adrian going 2-2.
Third Period: Adrian 4, Elmira 4
• The Soaring Eagles tied the game at three goals apiece off a goal from Rachel Grampp in the opening 10 minutes.
• Lewicki gave the lead back to the Bulldogs with 6:12 remaining in regulation scoring her second goal of the game.
• Maddy Jerolman tied the game on a short-handed goal with just under five minutes left to play.
• Both teams failed to puck in the net at the end of the third period, taking the game to overtime.
• Third-period shots were 18-13 in favor of the Bulldogs.
Overtime: Adrian 5, Elmira 4
• Elmira outshot Adrian 13-11 in the overtime period, but Bulldog senior goalie Brooke Gibson (W, 14-1-0) made some phenomenal saves in the high-pressure situation to keep the overtime period going.
• With one minute remaining, Schroka fired a shot from the left circle that beat Elmira goalie Kelcey Crawford (L, 10-4-2) that ended the game and gave the Bulldogs a 5-4 victory.
• Adrian finished the game with a 52-49 advantage in shots on goal and a 2-6 (33.3%) power-play mark. The Soaring Eagles finished 1-3 (33.3%) on the power play.
• Schroka (2+1=3) and Lewicki (2+0=2) finished the game with two goals and was 19-35 in faceoffs.
• Sarah Shureb (0+2=2) had a game-high two assists.
• Tzafaroglou (1+1=2) scored the other Adrian goal.
• Gibson came off the bench for the Bulldogs at the start of the second period and made 36 saves.
• Rachel Grampp (1+0=1), Maddy Jerolman (1+0=1), Meghan Fonfara (1+0=1), and Sarah Hughson (1+0=0) each scored for Elmira.
• Kristin Chivers (0+2=2) led the team in assists.
• Crawford made 47 saves for the game.
• Adrian will play Gustavus Adolphus in the semifinals on Friday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m.
Elmira Press Conference Postgame Quotes
Johanna Eidenstein when facing adversity during the season in games and reflecting on her Soaring Eagles career:
"When we are down as a team we are encouraging each other, always staying positive and working through it together. I think what I'm going to miss the most is our national program playing hard as a team and my teammates and coaches."
Maddy Jerolman on what's best about the program and how to cope with a tough loss: "We have great group of girls, leaders and coaches. We all fought hard and it's a tough pill to swallow but at the end of the day we are all family."
First-year Head Coach Tim Crowley's opening statement:
"I thought that we could for sure be one of the top two teams in the country this year but unfortunately for whatever reason we just couldn't get some tough luck today. In overtime we created a lot of chances and we could argue that we were the better team in the extra session, but the bounces didn't go our way and just wasn't meant to be for us today."
Adrian Press Conference Postgame Quotes
Sixth-year Head Coach Chad Davis immediate thoughts about the contest: "Quite a game there…these girls came with a lot of passion tonight and didn't give up on it and I couldn't be more proud of them. There was a lot of pressure on them. I think we just stayed in the moment and concentrated on each play, each shift. There wasn't any thought of 'this is it' if we don't win but they just went for it, so hats off to this group."
Senior captain Kaylyn Schroka describing her game-winning overtime goal: "After playing that long you just got to bear down and it's got to come within; this could've been it for us. The play was a blur…I just drove the net and got a bounce to get the puck in. It was just a relief, like a weight lifted off our shoulders when it was over with a victory."
Forward Kristin Lewicki on making the program's first National Semifinals appearance: "Knowing that this could've been our last game, we wanted to prove (to) everyone wrong and show that we could make it to the 'frozen four. We went into this game having confidence and knowing that we had to get that first goal and to keep pounding the offensive zone after that."
Senior goalie Brooke Gibson on managing nerves in one of the most important games of her collegiate career: " I just took it shot by shot, so one save at a time, one shift at a time not really thinking about the end result and just playing my game. It hasn't really sunk in yet (reaching and hosting the 'final four') but it's just a huge wave of emotions; the best emotions possible because we came out on top."