Top-Ranked Women's Hockey Stays Hot in Rout of Aurora

Top-Ranked Women's Hockey Stays Hot in Rout of Aurora

ADRIAN, Mich. – The top-ranked Adrian College women's hockey team extended its winning streak to nine games after defeating Aurora University 6-0 on Friday, Nov. 30 in its first game as the No. 1 team in the country. The Bulldogs did not lose a single game in the month of November this season.

THE BASICS

Final Score: No. 1 Adrian 6, Aurora 0

Location: Adrian, Mich. (Arrington Ice Arena)

Records: Adrian 10-1 (7-0 NCHA), Aurora 3-5-3 (1-3-3 NCHA)

HOW IT HAPPENED

Adrian set the tone for the game early in the first period, peppering the Aurora goaltender. Despite outshooting the Spartans 26-3, the Bulldogs couldn't get one past the goalie and the score stayed the way it started, 0-0.

The Bulldogs were finally able to break through early in the second, when sophomore Brooke Schembri tapped home a rebound to break the tie 2:24 into the period. Freshman Annalise Andrews won a draw on the right dot in the offensive zone back to junior forward Maggie Mitter. Mitter took a shot that was saved but squirted behind the Aurora goalie where Schembri was able to tap it home.

Mitter was able to get a goal of her own six minutes later when she beat the goalie in front of the net. Junior defenseman Kelly O'Sullivan got the puck at the point and slid it over to her senior partner Shelly Czarnowczan. Czarnowczan fired from the right side and hit Mitter in front who was able to slip the puck past the goaltender sliding across the crease to make it 2-0.

The Bulldogs would tack on another one halfway through the middle frame when senior captain Tory Harshman redirected a shot in the slot to make it 3-0. Junior forward Jacquelin White picked up the puck in the corner and passed it out to freshman defenseman Julia Barrett on the point. Barrett sent the puck on net and Harshman used her backhand to tip it into the back of the net.

Adrian wasn't done yet in the second period as the Black and Gold scored their only power play goal of the night with 23 seconds remaining in the second stanza. Barrett sent the puck across the ice to White on the left point, who passed it to Czarnowczan in on the blueline in the middle of the ice. Two Bulldogs got in the goalie's field of view on Czarnowczan's shot and the puck found the back of the net before the goaltender knew it left Czarnowczan's stick, giving AC a 4-0 advantage heading into the third.

It took most of the third period to get another goal but the Bulldogs found the back of the net again, when White scored with 3:50 remaining in the game. Freshman defenseman Amanda Tomasek took the puck behind the net and hit junior defender Lexi Grunden on the right point. Grunden walked the line and passed it back to a cycling White who beat the goalie on the short-side to extend Adrian's lead to 5-0.

The Bulldogs would get one more before it was all over, as senior forward Kortney Diaz scored on a breakaway with 1:15 remaining to get the sixth and final goal of the game. The pairing of Czarnowczan and O'Sullivan hooked up in the defensive zone again, and sprung Diaz past the Spartans' defenders and in on goal.

Adrian finished the game with a 77-11 advantage in shots on goal, including a 27-0 mark in the second period. The Bulldogs were four shots shy of tying the program record of 81, set on Jan. 22, 2016 against Finlandia. Tonight's effort was good for third in program history, as the Black and Gold put up 78 on Aurora on Dec. 1, 2017. This was also AC's sixth shutout of the season, putting this year tied for seventh for shutouts in a season in program history.

TOP DOGS

• Six different Bulldogs scored in the game – Schembri, Mitter, Harshman, Czarnowczan, White, and Diaz; with Czarnowczan's coming on the power play.

• Mitter, Andrews, Czarnowczan, O'Sullivan, White, Barrett, Tomasek, and Grunden all tallied assists, with Czarnowczan, O'Sullivan, White, and Barrett each notching two helpers.

• Sophomore goaltender Mia Glassco stopped all 11 shots on net for her second win and shutout on the year.

THE OPPOSITION

• Lexi Martinez led the Spartans with three shots on net.

• Chiara Pfosi had an extremely busy night in net, making 71 saves on the night for a .922 save percentage in the game.

UP NEXT

The Bulldogs wrap up their series with Aurora and play in the calendar year of 2018 tomorrow, Dec. 1 with a 3 p.m. game against the Spartans. The game is also a part of the Toy and Clothing Drive for the Associated Charities of Lenawee County. Fans are encouraged to bring toys and new or gently used clothing items to the game to help kids and families this holiday season.

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