HANCOCK, Mich. – The fifth-ranked Adrian College women's hockey team took down Finlandia 6-2 in a Northern Collegiate Hockey Association game on Saturday, Jan. 19.
Final Score: #5 Adrian 6, Finlandia 2
Location: Hancock, Mich. (Houghton County Arena)
Records: Adrian 13-3 (9-0 NCHA), Finlandia 0-16 (0-9 NCHA)
HOW IT HAPPENED
It took almost the entire first period, but Adrian was finally able to open the scoring with just under two minutes left when senior forward Hannah Dalrymple knocked home a rebound. Junior forward Jacqueline White picked up the loose puck in the offense zone and fired a shot on net. Her shot was stopped but Dalrymple was able to slide in the rebound as she was being knocked to the ground to give the Bulldogs the 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
The goals came early and often in the second period, with AC scoring just over two minutes into the middle frame. Dalrymple found the puck at the half-boards and cycled it down low to sophomore forward Brooke Schembri behind the net. Schembri waited with the puck and found senior captain Tory Harshman in the slot, who put the puck over the goalie's shoulder on the short side to double the lead.
Adrian scored again just over a minute later when senior defenseman Shelly Czarnowczan found the back of the net on the power play. Czarnowczan stymied an attempt at clearing the puck by Finlandia and sent the puck to White as Czarnowczan walked toward the middle of the ice. White hit her with a return pass and Czarnowczan fired a shot through traffic and into the net to make it 3-0 in favor of AC.
A minute and a half later the Bulldogs made it 4-0 when junior forward Maggie Mitter scored her sixth goal of the season a little over five minutes into the second period. Mitter carried the puck into the zone and hit Harshman on her right wing. Harsham slid a pass back to junior forward Brianna Buchanan who took a shot on net. Mitter crashed the net and was able to bang home the goal in the ensuing scrum.
White would score a goal of her own at the halfway point of the game when she made it 5-0 with 10:17 remaining in the second. Junior defenseman Kelly O'Sullivan controlled the puck at the point and found Czarnowczan alone on the other side of the ice. Czarnowczan ripped a shot that created a juicy rebound right onto White's stick who put it past the goalie's outstretched leg to make it 5-0 for the Black and Gold.
The Bulldogs would get one more before the second was over when O'Sullivan scored Adrian's second power play goal of the game with 4:14 remaining in the middle frame. O'Sullivan hit sophomore forward Abbie Grias down low with a give-and-go and O'Sullivan got the puck back as she was barreling in on goal and put the puck into the net to make it 6-0 for Adrian.
Finlandia finally answered with 2:56 left in the second with a power play goal of its own to make it 6-1 heading into the third. The Lions got another one back halfway through the third but that would be all they would score as the Bulldogs held on for the 6-2 victory.
Adrian outshot Finlandia 74-11 in the contest. The Bulldogs never allowed more than four shots on goal in a period, holding the Lions to 3-3-4 throughout the three periods. AC's 74 shots are second-most this season and the most since the Black and Gold outshot Aurora 77-11 in a 6-0 home shutout on Dec. 30.
• Dalrymple, Harshman, Czarnowczan, Mitter, White, and O'Sullivan all scored for the Bulldogs.
• White, Schembri, Dalrymple, Buchanan, Harshman, O'Sullivan, Czarnowczan and Grias all tallied assists, with White picking up two as part of a three-point night. Grias's assist is her first point on the season.
• Sophomore goaltender Kate Turner made nine saves in the win.
• Caitlin Siegel and Bella Abear scored for Finlandia and Taylor Pingrey assisted on Abear's goal.
• Annah Smiddy made 68 saves in the loss.
The Bulldogs finish the series with Finlandia tomorrow at 2:30. Adrian is back on the road again next week with a conference series against Lake Forest.
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