HANCOCK, Mich. – The fifth-ranked Adrian College women's hockey team completed the sweep of Finlandia with a decisive 10-0 victory on Sunday, Jan. 20. The 10 goals are the most the Bulldogs have scored since scoring 10 twice against Aurora last season.
Final Score: #5 Adrian 10, Finlandia 0
Location: Hancock, Mich. (Houghton County Arena)
Records: Adrian 14-3 (10-0 NCHA), Finlandia 0-17 (0-10 NCHA)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Adrian opened the scoring 8:41 into the game when senior captain Tory Harshman buried the puck in a net-front scrum. A lot of sticks were swinging at the puck in front of the Finlandia net but it was Harshman's that knocked it home. Junior forwards Maggie Mitter and Brianna Buchanan picked up assists on the play. The Bulldogs doubled their lead with just over five minutes remaining in the first when junior defenseman Anna Shepherd scored an unassisted goal. Shepherd had the puck knocked to her at the point and fired a shot through traffic that beat the goalie to make it 2-0 Adrian.
AC would score twice more in the opening period, the first of which happened with 2:33 remaining, courtesy of freshman forward Annalise Andrews. Buchanan found senior forward Hannah Dalrymple in the slot for a shot. Dalrymple missed the net but Andrews picked up the puck behind the cage and beat the Lions' goaltender to the far post for the wrap-around goal. Adrian's final goal of the first came 44 seconds later when senior forward Kortney Diaz banged home a rebound. Diaz carried the puck into the zone and laid a drop pass back to sophomore linemate Neysa Miller. Miller took a shot that bounced of the goalie's pad right to Diaz for the goal, giving the Bulldogs a 4-0 lead after the opening 20 minutes.
The Bulldogs resumed scoring quickly in the second, netting their fifth goal of the game just 57 seconds into the second stanza. Junior defenseman Rylee Bates collected the puck on a neutral zone faceoff win and slid the puck up to Harshman on the zone entry. Harshman sent the puck on net from the tops of the circles and Mitter anticipated the play perfectly to beat out the Finlandia defenders and put the puck past the outstretched goaltender. The only other goal of the second period came three minutes later when sophomore Sydney Daversa scored 3:42 into the period. Junior forward Jacqueline White scooped up the puck in the neutral zone and carried it across the blue line. She slid a pass over the Daversa joining her on a two-on-one and Daversa made a nice move to her left and needed just a backhand to slip the puck through the goalie's five hole to make it 6-0 in favor of the Black and Gold heading into the third.
It took a little over three minutes for Adrian to score again in the final frame, but junior defenseman Kelly O'Sullivan scored at the 3:16 mark to extend the lead to 7-0. Diaz picked up the puck in the corner and threw a pass out to junior defenseman Lexi Grunden at the point. Grunden went across the point to O'Sullivan who took the shot that beat the goalie. The Bulldogs scored again 36 seconds later when sophomore forward Brooke Schembri found the back of the net to be the eighth Bulldog to score in the game. Mitter dropped the puck for Schembri behind the net on the goalie's right side. Schembri acted like she was going around the net and forced the goaltender to leave her post, allowing Schembri to put the brakes on and stuff the puck in the opening on the short side for the 8-0 lead.
The Bulldogs wouldn't score again until late in the period, but they would pick up two goals on a five-minute power play to close out the game with an even 10 goals for, with the first of the two power play goals coming 15 seconds into the advantage. Adrian worked the puck around the zone and Schembri left the puck on a scissor for White to pick up. White found O'Sullivan charging towards the net behind the defense and hit her on the doorstep with a beautiful pass for O'Sullivan's second tally of the game and third of the weekend. The final goal of the game came with 39 seconds remaining and was scored by freshman defenseman Amanda Tomasek, her first career collegiate goal. Mitter took a shot from the point that missed the net but Miller was able to corral it in the corner. She found Tomasek at the blue line and Tomasek put the puck on net that made it through traffic to give AC its tenth goal of the game and a 10-0 lead, which would be the final.
Adrian outshot Finlandia 71-10 in the contest, giving the Bulldogs a two-day total advantage of 145-21 in shots. This is the third time this season AC has put more than 70 shots on goal in a game. The 145 shots are also the third-most the Black and Gold have taken in a weekend series (156 vs. Finlandia in 15-16 and 147 vs. Aurora in 17-18).
• Nine different Bulldogs scored in the game: Harshman, Shepherd, Andrews, Diaz, Mitter, Daversa, O'Sullivan, Schembri, and Tomasek. O'Sullivan netted two and Tomasek scored her first collegiate goal.
• Nine Adrian players notched assists: Mitter, Buchanan, Dalrymple, Miller, Bates, Harshman, White, Grunden, Diaz, and Schembri. Buchanan, Miller, and White all had two helpers, while Mitter notched a playermaker with her three assists to go along with her goal for a four-point game.
• Freshman goaltender Denisa Jandova wasn't called on often, but stopped all 10 shots she faced for her third shutout in as many games.
• Kallin Morris and Abby Kolek each took two shots for Finlandia
• Annah Smiddy stopped 61 shots for a two-game total of 129.
The Bulldogs continue their three-series road trip next weekend with a pair of games against third-place Lake Forest. Puck drop is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 25 and 3 p.m. for Saturday, the 26th.
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