RIVER FALLS, Wis. – The Adrian College women's hockey program opened the 2018-19 campaign with a 4-3 overtime win over Wisconsin River Falls on Saturday, Oct. 27 in Head Coach Shawn Skelly's debut.
Final Score: No. 6 Adrian 4, No. 8 Wisconsin River Falls 3
Location: River Falls, Wis. (Hunt Arena)
Records: Adrian 1-0, Wisconsin River Falls 0-1
HOW IT HAPPENED
Adrian got on the board 14:26 into the first period when freshman Kenzie D'Ascenzo scored the first goal of her collegiate career. She received the pass from junior Jacquelin White and put the puck past the goalie to make it 1-0. Wisconsin River Falls would answer before the period was over, scoring with 1:40 left in the opening frame to tie the game at one heading into the break.
Over half the second period would pass before another goal would be scored and it would be sophomore Brooke Schembri netting an unassisted tally to give the Bulldogs the lead 12:27 into the second stanza. The Falcons wouldn't sit back and tied the game just 10 seconds after the Bulldogs scored to knot it again at two. The score would remain tied for the remainder of the second period.
It would take most of the period once again to score once again, but this time it was Wisconsin River Falls taking the lead, with just over five minutes remaining in regulation. With its back the wall, Adrian dug deep and was able to tie the game with 2:39 remaining when senior captain Tory Harshman equalized the game. Assisting Harshman was freshman Julia Barrett and sophomore Sydney Daversa.
The game would go into overtime, and neither team could score, but the Black and Gold were awarded a powerplay with 54 seconds remaining in the game. Just in the nick of time, freshman Jessica VonRuden scored the game-winning goal, the first goal of her career, with less than a second remaining in the overtime period to win the game for the Bulldogs. Harshman picked up her second point of the game with an assist on the deciding goal.
• D'Ascenzo, Schembri, Harshman, and VonRuden scored for the Bulldogs, with D'Ascenzo and VonRuden scoring the first goals of their collegiate careers.
• White, Barrett, Daversa, and Harshman all picked up assists, with Barrett notching her first career point.
• Sophomore goaltender Kate Turner made 19 saves in the victory.
• Jessie Anderson, Hailey Herdine, and Abigail Stow scored for Wisconsin River Falls.
• Erin Olson, Sophia Leong, Izzy Brosseau, and Ashley Effertz added assists.
• Goaltender Tatyana Delaittre made 22 saves in the loss.
The Bulldogs finish their series with the Falcons tomorrow at 3:05 ET before heading home for a weekend series with Northland on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 3-4. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Saturday night.
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