DULUTH, Minn. – The College of St. Scholastica hosted the Bulldogs Friday night in a matchup of two of the top three NCHA teams. The Saints came into the game with the top three scorers in Division III with Adrian's junior forward Kelsey Kusch ranking fourth. St. Scholastica proved their power play to be efficient as the Saints converted on five of their nine opportunities. The Bulldogs could not overcome this offensive push as they fell 7-3 and dropped to 6-3 on the season and 4-3 in the NCHA.
The Saints jumped out to an early lead as St. Scholastica scored just 6:25 into the game on a power play goal. St. Scholastica would convert power play goals at both the 5:47 and the 2:09 mark to take a 3-0 lead into the first intermission.
The second period began with St. Scholastica converting another goal just 2:42 into the period before Adrian could tally their first. The Bulldogs did not wait long to respond as Sydney Smith scored her first of the season at 13:44 from Courtney Millar on an even strength goal. Adrian kept this momentum going as the Bulldogs scored again at the 8:20 mark to cut the Saints lead to 4-2. Sarah Shureb scored her second of the season from Kristin Lewicki and Hannah McGowan on an even strength goal. Adrian battled back to win the period 2-1 and cut the St. Scholastica lead to just two goals with 20 minutes to play.
St. Scholastica jumped back on the Bulldogs just 34 seconds into the third period as the Saints converted on power play opportunity to put their advantage back at three goals. The Saints did not hesitate to extend their lead back to four goals, as St. Scholastica scored on the power play at the 17: 41 mark. The Saints tallied an even strength goal at 13:33 to put the game out of reach, but Adrian did not quit. The Bulldogs tallied one more goal before the final horn as Kelsey Kusch scored her ninth of the season on a power play chance with 2:08 remaining from Devyn Fitzhenry.
Jade Walsh made the start in the net for the Bulldogs as she made one stop and played 14 minutes. Brooke Gibson stepped in to play 28 minutes and stop 15 shots. Allie Carter also saw action as she made six saves and played 18 minutes.
The Bulldogs will play the Saints again tomorrow in Duluth, Minnesota at 2 p.m.