Bulldogs Weather the Storm to Beat Thunder in OT Thriller

Diaz's heroics lifted Adrian to a 2-1 overtime victory over Trine Saturday night (Photo by Mike Dickie).
Diaz's heroics lifted Adrian to a 2-1 overtime victory over Trine Saturday night (Photo by Mike Dickie).

ADRIAN, Mich. – The second-ranked Adrian College women's hockey team came from behind to defeat Trine University 2-1 in overtime in a non-conference game on Saturday, Jan. 12.

THE BASICS

Final Score: #2 Adrian 2, Trine 1 OT

Location: Adrian, Mich. (Arrington Ice Arena)

Records: Adrian 12-3, Trine 6-6-1

HOW IT HAPPENED

Neither team could find the back of the net in the first period, despite each team having quality chances. Trine would open the scoring late in the second period when Kirsten Vandenheuvel scored a power play goal with 4:42 to go in the period. Vandenheuvel collected a bouncing puck and fired it towards the goal. The puck hit a defender, popped into the air, and landed right behind Adrian's goaltender to give the Thunder the 1-0 lead. The score would remain a goal in Trine's favor to finish out the period.

The Bulldogs answered early in the third, scoring a power play goal of their own. The Thunder were penalized for a skirmish at the end of the second, giving AC a man advantage for the first two minutes of the final frame. Adrian would only need 1:24 seconds of that power play before senior forward Kortney Diaz evened the score. She corralled a loose puck in the neutral zone and blew by all of Trine's penalty killers before slipping a backhand shot five-hole under the sliding goaltender.

The score would remain tied at one after 60 minutes of play, sending the game into overtime; the second overtime game in a row for the Bulldogs. Diaz would prove to be the hero again, knocking home a rebound with 27 seconds remaining in the extra session to secure the win for the Black and Gold. Senior defenseman Shelly Czarnowczan took a shot from the point off a faceoff that hit junior forward Maggie Mitter in the chest. The puck bounced right to Diaz who put it in the back of the net to send the Bulldogs home with the win.

Adrian dominated all game, outshooting Trine 52-15. The win improves the Bulldogs to 2-1 in games that require more than 60 minutes this season. AC has now beaten Trine for the third time this season, winning every game against the Thunder in the regular season this year by a combined score of 9-1. Adrian outshot Trine 157-43 in those three games this year. The Black and Gold improve to 5-0 all-time against the second-year Thunder.

TOP DOGS

• Diaz was the only goal scorer for the Bulldogs, scoring on the power play and netting the game-winner.

• Mitter and Czarnowczan picked up assists on the game-winning goal.

• Sophomore goaltender Mia Glassco made 14 stops to improve to 3-0 on the year.

THE OPPOSITION

• Vandenheuvel scored Trine's lone goal, a power play tally.

• Molly Scarborough made 50 saves in the overtime loss. Scarborough made 102 saves in two games against the Bulldogs this year.

UP NEXT

The Bulldogs travel up north next weekend for a pair of games at Finlandia. Puck drop is scheduled for 3:15 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19 and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 20.

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