INDIANAPOLIS – For the fourth year in a row, the Adrian College women's hockey team will be playing Elmira College for the first game in the NCAA Tournament, as revealed by the selection committee on Monday, March 4.
This is Adrian's fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament bid, and fifth overall. The Bulldogs got into the tournament by winning its fourth Slaats Cup in a row Sunday evening, beating St. Scholastica 3-2 in double overtime in the longest game in school history. Junior forward Brianna Buchanan scored twice in the game, including the game-winner in overtime and was named to the All-Tournament team. Linemate and classmate Jacqueline White scored the first goal of the game for AC and joined Buchanan on the All-Tournament team. White was also named the NCHA Slaats Cup Most Valuable Player for her five goals and two assists for seven points throughout the Slaats Cup Playoffs. Rounding out the All-Tournament team for the Black and Gold was junior defenseman Rylee Bates, who tallied four assists in the three games, including one on Buchanan's first goal on Sunday.
"Our team is excited to be back in the NCAA Tournament and have an opportunity to play for a National Championship," head coach Shawn Skelly said. "You work all year long to get to this point in the season so hopefully we can make the most of it."
Elmira received entry into the NCAA Tournament by winning the United Collegiate Hockey Conference (UCHC) Tournament, defeating William Smith 8-3 on Sunday. The win was the Soaring Eagles' second straight UCHC Tournament Title. Adrian and Elmira both played at the Cardinal/Panther and East-West Hockey Classics earlier in the season, but never played each other during those two tournaments.
"When the bracket was revealed this morning our girls were pumped for another huge matchup against Elmira," said Skelly. "They have a great program and have been a top team for many years. We hope to go on the road, have a successful trip, and get back to the Frozen Four!"
Adrian is 3-3 against the Soaring Eagles, including 1-2 in the NCAA Tournament. Elmira blanked the Bulldogs in the NCAA Quarterfinals last year, winning 2-0 as part of a run to the championship game where the Purple and Gold lost to Norwich. AC won the Tournament matchup the year before, winning 5-4 in overtime, also on the way to an appearance in the NCAA Championship game where the Bulldogs ultimately lost to Plattsburgh State. In the first postseason meeting between the two teams the year before, Elmira won 3-1 and lost in the Semifinals the next game.
The game will be played on Saturday, March 9 at Elmira College with a start time to be announced later. Stay tuned to ncaa.com for more information regarding the 2019 NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Championships.
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