ADRIAN, Mich. – The top-ranked Adrian College women's hockey swept Aurora University this weekend, beating the Spartans 5-0 on Saturday, Dec. 1. The win extended the Bulldogs' winning streak to 10 games
Final Score: No. 1 Adrian 5, Aurora 0
Location: Adrian, Mich. (Arrington Ice Arena)
Records: Adrian 11-1 (8-0 NCHA), Aurora 3-6-3 (1-4-3 NCHA)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Adrian opened the scoring up just over halfway into the first period when senior captain Tory Harshman tipped in a shot from the point for her second goal off a redirection this weekend. Junior defender Lexi Grunden found fellow junior Anna Shepherd on the point who fired towards the net where Harshman changed the puck's trajectory and sent it into the back of the net.
The Bulldogs doubled their lead will less than a minute remaining in the first when senior defenseman Shelly Czarnowczan scored with 51 seconds on the clock. Junior Kelly O'Sullivan picked up the puck in traffic and slid it to Harshman at the half-borads. Harshman passed it along to Czarnowczan at the point who put it past the goalie to give AC a 2-0 advantage after one.
It took almost the entire second period to find another goal, but Adrian scored again with 2:28 remaining in the second, courtesy of junior forward Brianna Buchanan. Czarnowczan hit Harshman with a breakout pass in the defensive zone and Harshman took it all the way into Aurora's zone. She lost the puck in the corner but it wound up on Buchanan's stick. Buchanan walked out around the circle and beat the goalie on the short-side to make it 3-0.
The Bulldogs twice in the third, the first coming at the 5:45 mark of the period when sophomore forward Brooke Schembri buried a rebound to make it 4-0. Senior forward Kortney Diaz picked up the puck and the slot and passed it to junior forward Maggie Mitter on the backdoor. Mitter's shot was turned aside but the puck bounced right to Schembri on the other side of the crease with an open net.
Harshman would get her second goal of the game to bookend the scoring when she scored the game's final goal with 3:03 remaining in the contest. Sophomore forward Sydney Daversa forced a turnover in the Spartans' defensive zone and found a wide-open Harshman streaking into the slot. The pass was on point and Harshman made no mistake knocking it home for her team-leading seventh goal.
This afternoon's game marked the seventh shutout of the year, putting this season already in seventh place in program history for most shutouts in a season. The record was set last year when the Black and Gold blanked their opponents 13 times.
• Harshman, Czarnowczan, Buchanan, and Schembri all scored for the Bulldogs, with Harshman tickling the twine twice.
• Shepard, Grunden, Harshman, O'Sullivan, Czarnowczan, Mitter, Diaz and Daversa all notched assists, with Harshman picking up two apples as part of a four-point night.
• Freshman goaltender Denisa Jandova stopped all 13 shots that challenged her tonight, and picked up her second win and second shutout on the year.
• Taylor Sims led the Spartans with three shots on net.
• Chiara Pfosi made 40 saves in the game, giving her a weekend total of 111 stops.
The Bulldogs are off for the rest of the 2018 calendar year. Their next game will be back in Vermont on Jan. 6, 2019 for the East-West Hockey Classic in Northfield, Vt. They have a rematch with current No. 2 team in the country, Plattsburgh State in the semifinals on Jan. 6 at 5 p.m. The Bulldogs beat the Cardinals last weekend in the Panther/Cardinal Classic, the first time AC has beaten Plattsburgh State. The other teams in the East-West Hockey Classic are No. 3 Elmira and No. 4 Norwich.
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