ADRIAN, Mich. – The No. 3 Adrian College women's hockey team opened up the season with a bang, taking down the No. 2 Hamline University Pipers by a margin of three goals, all coming in the third period.
Final Score: Adrian 4, Hamline 1
Location: Adrian, Mich. (Arrington Ice Arena – Adrian College)
Records: Adrian 1-0-0, Hamline 0-1-0
HOW IT HAPPENED
Hamline was strong right out of the gates, spending a majority of the opening 10 minutes in the offensive zone, putting more than a handful of shots on sophomore goaltender Denisa Jandova. The 10th minute looked to spell trouble for the Bulldogs as Jaden Rilei was sent to the box for hooking, putting the Pipers on the power play.
Despite being a skater down, Adrian proved why it had one of the best ranking penalty kill units in the nation, making the scoreboard with a short-handed goal at 11:16. It was Brianna Buchanan with the Bulldog goal, after Une Bjelland sent a pass through the neutral zone to Nicole Guagliardo, who eventually fed it to Buchanan. The senior's goal was impressive, as she had to out play multiple defender's to send her shot on-goal. Adrian would own the one goal lead well into the second period.
Hamline finally was able to make the board, as it posted a power play goal with less than three minutes remaining in the middle stanza.
It took nearly 14 minutes before Buchanan was able to pen her name onto the scoresheet, with the eventual game-winner. Her goal was helped along by Lexi Grunden, giving the Bulldogs' a 2-1 lead.
With the clock winding down and AC still ahead, Hamline was forced to call a timeout with 1:38 remaining in the contest. Coming out of the timeout, it pulled its goalie at 18:34, opting for the extra skater.
The Bulldogs capitalized on the Pipers' desperate attempt to even the score, as Guagliardo was able to earn her second point of the night on an empty-netter, assisted by Sydney Daversa. The goal came at 1:07 and forced the visitors to return their net minder to the ice.
The Hoffman Estates, Ill. native was not done yet, she had just enough gas left in the tank to post the final goal of the night with just six seconds remaining on the clock. Recording the assists on Guagliardo's second goal was Bjelland and Maggie Mitter.
In goal, Jandova made an impressive 40 saves on 41 shots faced.
- The evening's first star of the game, Brianna Buchanan had the first two goals of the contest, which included the game-winner for a plus-one ranking.
- Star two was Nicole Guagliardo, who had a team-leading three points on two goals and an assist, while also leading the plus/minus column with a plus-four.
- Sophomore Denisa Jandova worked hard for the third star honor with her 40 saves.
Adrian returns to action at 7 p.m. on Saturday as it hosts Saint Mary's (Minn.) for the first of two meetings on the weekend.
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