- LOYOLA/NORTHERN MICHIGAN – Loyola University-Chicago traveled to Northern Michigan University in the first CCWHA games of the 2016-17 season on September 10 and 11. The Wildcats put up 12 goals to the Rambler’s one in the series. The first game had Northern Michigan 5, Loyola 0 with Kendall Turro grabbing the first CCWHA goal of the season with passes from Allison Carlson and Caitlin Muehlbacher late in the first period. Carlson would go on to tally a hat trick for the Wildcats in addition to her one assist to make it 4-0 Northern, and Sydney Higgins grabbed the final goal of the game. Turro, Vanessa Hiley, Mary Schimmel and Katherine Pryor registered assists in the first game. Devin Christian was in net for NMU, stopping all 22 shots faced, while Frances Flores was in net for Loyola, making 48 saves on 53 shots faced.
The second game, on Sunday, Sept 11, started with a flurry of goals from Northern with Carlson and Turro each grabbing two goals, while Muehlbacher grabbed the fifth goal of the period. Muehlbacher also grabbed two assists in the first period, on one of each of Turro and Carlson’s goals. Morgan Schmidt, Carlie Kangas (2), Kelsey Weyland, Schimmel and Shauna Bates grabbed the other first period assists. In the second, Northern upped the score to 7-0 with Carlson completing her second hat trick of the weekend and Muehlbacher tallying her second goal of the game and third assist of the game. The Ramblers would grab their lone goal of the weekend in the third period on a power play, an unassisted goal from Giselle Medina. Flores was in net for Loyola again, this time stopping 39 of 46 shots faced while Christian made 15 saves on 16 shots.
The third star of the weekend goes to Frances Flores of Loyola, as she stopped 87 of 99 shots faced throughout the series. Second star belongs to Caitlin Muehlbacher who tallied 6 ponts (2g, 4a), while first star is awarded to Allison Carlson who had 10 points (6g, 4a) on the weekend.
(The games recapped below are considered “ACHA exhibition games” and do not count towards CCWHA standings or statistics)
- AQUINAS/OHIO STATE – Division II Aquinas College traveled to Columbus, Ohio to take on Division I Ohio State University this past weekend, with the teams playing to a tie on Friday, Sept. 23 and Aquinas coming home with the win Saturday, Sept. 24.
Friday’s game was a back and forth scoring match between the two different division teams, with Aquinas starting things first with Alessandra Sorenson grabbing her first collegiate goal with a pass from veteran Marlowe Pentecost. Aquinas would make it 2-0 before Ohio State put a number on the board with Gabrielle Fournier finding the back of the net after passes from Maria Maguire and Katelyn Graczyk. OSU’s Emilie Dunlap made it a one goal game seven minutes into the second period. Jessica McCoy and Alex Sharon registered assists on the first Buckeye goal. McCoy would grab a powerplay goal to tie things up in the third period with help from Melinda Vercollone and Allison Lindsey. Not long after would Victoria Hogan grab her first goal of the year with help from Dunlap to make it 3-2 Ohio State. 0:24 seconds later, Maria Manko of Aquinas tied it back up again after a pass from Kelly Labarge and Pentecost, but Ohio State’s Vercollone added a goal to her point tally to take back the lead. Courtney Trudeau and Molly Arntson with the assists on the Vercollone goal. At the 17:24 mark, Pentecost put in the final goal of the game to even things up once again and to grab a point on the weekend. Sydney Johnson and Sorenson tallied the assists on the final Aquinas goal. Caitlin Miller was in net for the Saints, picking up 35 saves on 39 shots on goal, while Emily Ciborek was in net for the Buckeyes grabbing 38 saves on 42 shots on net.
Ohio State began the game with a goal eleven minutes in from Hogan on the powerplay. Grace Danby and Sherry Mortach put up the assists in the Buckeye goal. Kaitlyn Dailey would put the score back to even 16 minutes into the second with help from Isabelle Piotrowski. The game-winning goal came from Kelli Adrian while short-handed. Sydney Johnson grabbed the assist on the Adrian goal just 0:38 seconds into the third period. From there, the Saints scoring took off, with two more goals in the final period. The powerplay unit would register a goal from Graczyk to make it 3-1, assists to Manko and Piotrowski. And Piotrowski would turn around and grab the fourth goal, unassisted, to finish the game. Holly Ensley was in net for Aquinas, grabbing 40 saves on 41 shots, while Selena Hunter saw time in net for Ohio State making 48 saves on 52 shots faced.
The weekend’s third star goes to Kelli Adrian of Aquinas (1 GWG). The second star belongs to Ohio State’s Victoria Hogan (2g), while the first star is awarded to Isabelle Piotrowski of Aquinas (1g, 2a).
Author: Mackenzie Smith, Communications Manager
Graphic: Maria Barlow