ADRIAN, Mich. – The top-seeded Adrian College women's hockey team dominated St. Norbert College 9-1 in game one of the Slaats Cup Quarterfinals on Friday, Feb. 22. A five-goal first period put the game AC's favor without a doubt early. The win puts the Bulldogs one game away from advancing to the Slaats Cup Championship for a chance to defend their title and win their fourth-straight Slaats Cup.
Final Score: #1 Adrian 9, #6 St. Norbert 1
Location: Adrian, Mich. (Arrington Ice Arena)
Records: Adrian 20-4-2 (15-1-2 NCHA), St. Norbert 7-16-3 (6-9-3 NCHA)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Adrian wasted no time getting on the board, with senior Hannah Dalrymple scoring the game's first goal 20 seconds in to the contest. Junior defenseman Lexi Grunden chipped the puck into the zone from the neutral zone. Sophomore forward Brooke Schembri picked up the puck and found Dalrymple in the slot for a one-timer on the quick goal.
Another 11 minutes would go by before the Bulldogs scored again, but junior forward Jacqueline White scored her first of three goals on the night with 8:39 to go in the first. Junior blueliner Kelly O'Sullivan sent the puck across the point to senior partner Shelly Czarnowczan who fired a shot on net. White was in the slot and got her stick on the puck to redirect it onto the ice and past the goalie to make it 2-0 in favor of Adrian.
White picked up her second assist of the night four-and-a-half minutes later when junior forward Brianna Buchanan scored with 4:10 remaining in the opening period to make it 3-0 in favor of AC. White stopped a St. Norbert breakout at the blueline and the puck found its way to senior forward and captain Tory Harshman on a three-on-two. Harshman waited for Buchanan to get into the slot and slid the puck over and Buchanan fired it top-shelf.
Only 44 seconds passed until the Black and Gold scored again, with junior forward Taylor Henthorne scoring her first goal of the season with 3:26 to go in the first. Similar to the last goal, Henthorne stopped a breakout at the blueline and was the only Adrian player in the zone. She got past one defender and took a shot that was blocked. The rebound came right back to her and she didn't make any mistakes the second time, scoring the unassisted goal to make it 4-0.
Adrian scored one more before the first was over, with Dalrymple netting her second of the contest with 1:52 remaining in the period. Junior defenseman Rylee Bates sent the puck into the zone where it bounced of a Green Knights defender and onto Dalrymple's stick. She ran a give-and-go with Schembri and beat the goalie to give the Bulldogs a 5-0 lead after 20 minutes.
The second period was tamer, with only one goal being scored, coming with 1:27 left in the middle frame off the stick of White for her second goal of the game. Buchanan had the puck in the corner and found Harshman streaking to the net. Harshman took a shot that was turned aside but White was waiting backdoor for the rebound and buried it to make it 6-0 in favor of the Black and Gold.
It was a hectic start to the third period, with two goals being scored 10 seconds apart, in the first 30 seconds of the final frame. St. Norbert scored 20 seconds into the third period to get one back but Adrian answered 10 seconds later to regain a six goal lead. O'Sullivan sent a nice cross-ice pass across the neutral zone to Henthorne to spring the Bulldogs into the SNC zone. Henthorne carried the puck deep into the zone and drew out the St. Norbert backup goaltender playing in the third. Freshman forward Jessica VonRuden was uncovered in the slot and had an easy tap-in off the pass from Henthorne.
Harshman would score a goal of her own in the contest, finding the back of the net 4:46 into the final frame. White chipped the puck out of the defensive end and then changed. Buchanan picked the puck up in the neutral zone, creating a two-on-one with Harshman. Buchanan waited until the goalie overcompensated and hit Harshman across the crease with a wide-open net.
Adrian still had one more goal in it, with White scoring with 6:10 remaining in the game to complete her hat trick and become the 18th player in program history to make it rain headgear and second this season, joining classmate Kortney Diaz. Once again, AC stopped a breakout in the offensive zone. This time it was Bates stepping up on the blueline to take away the puck. She found White loaded and ready to fire on the backdoor and hit her with the pass for the hat trick goal and final goal of the contest.
The win gives Adrian its 20th of the season, meaning the Bulldogs have won at least 20 games in each of its five Kronschnabel Cup winning seasons, from 2014-15 until the present season.
• Dalrymple, White, Buchanan, Henthorne, VonRuden, and Harshman all scored in the contest. Dalrymple scored twice while White tickled the twine thrice for her hat trick.
• Schembri, Grunden, Czarnowczan, O'Sullivan, Harshman, White, Bates, Buchanan, and Henthorne picked up assists. Schembri, O'Sullivan, Harshman, White, Bates, and Buchanan each had two helpers, giving White a five-point night.
• Freshman goaltender Denisa Jandova made 13 saves to pick up her eighth win on the year.
• Rebecka Olsson scored St. Norbert's only goal.
• Lauren Michael picked up the assist on Olsson's goal.
• Anais Aurard and Audrey Moore split time in net, with Aurard making 19 saves over the first 40 minutes of play and Moore stopping eight shots in the third period.
Adrian plays St. Norbert again in game two of the Slaats Cup Quarterfinals tomorrow, Feb. 23 at 3 p.m. If Adrian wins or ties tomorrow, the Bulldogs will advance to the Slaats Cup Championship for the fourth consecutive year, facing the winner of the semifinal game between the other two teams that win their semifinal matchups. If St. Norbert wins, there will be a mini-game played following the conclusion of tomorrow's game. There will be a 15-minute intermission after the game, followed by a 20-minute mini game, played for the entire 20 minutes. If the score remains tied at the end of the mini game, there will be 20-minute sudden victory periods until a team scores to win the series and advance.
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