AQUINAS/NOTRE DAME- The No. 2 and No. 3 teams went head-to-head last weekend, with each team picking up a single win in the split series. Notre Dame would tally the first win, 6-5, while Aquinas picked up win two, 3-1.
Saturday’s game had a total of nine goals, two in the first, four in the second and five in the third period. Marlowe Pentecost grabbed the Aquinas goal in the first, while Maura White tallied Notre Dame’s first period goal. Both goals were unassisted. ND’s Kiera Dwyer made it 2-1 after passes from Kelsey DeGagne and Marissa Kivi. AQ struck right back though to tie things back up after Alessandra Sorenson found the back of the net on the power play. Isabelle Piotrowski with the man-advantage assist, tying the game at two. Dwyer would grab her second goal of the game at 16:01 in the second, unassisted to once again take back the lead. However, Aquinas found another quick another quick response from Katelyn Graczyk with 0:30 left in the second. Sydney Johnson tallied the assist on the Graczyk goal. Not even a minute into the third, Aquinas’s Pentecost grabbed goal number two to take the lead, 4-3, with another unassisted goal. Notre Dame put in two back-to-back goals from Kivi and White, making the score 5-4, Irish. Dwyer and DeGagne with the assists. Sorenson joined the two-goal club as she put AQ’s fifth goal after a pass from Piotrowski to make things even again. With two minutes to play, Dwyer completed her hat trick for the game-winning-goal, unassisted. Caroline Riester picked up the win for ND stopping 44 of 49 shots faced, while Caitlin Miller made 27 saves on 33 shots.
A much lower Sunday game, had Aquinas on top, 3-1. Nadine Long grabbed the Saints’ first goal at the 8:27 mark in the first, assisted by Graczyk. The 1-0 lead would hold until 0:11 into the third, when Dwyer would tally her fourth goal of the weekend and Notre Dame’s only goal in Sunday’s game. Ana Grandinetti with the assist on the early third period tying goal. Maria Manko would get the game-winner at 10:03 with help from Pentecost. Piotrowski tallied the third Aquinas goal late in the third, unassisted. Sam Ayala was in net for Notre Dame, making 44 saves on 47 shots. Holly Ensley registered the win with 44 saves on 45 shots faced.
Third star of the weekend goes to ND’s Riester (44/49), second star belongs to ND’s Dwyer (4g, 1a), and first star is awarded to AQ’s Ensley (44/45).
MICHIGAN STATE/MICHIGAN-FLINT – A home-and-away series for the two league opponents, with Michigan State tallying the sweep with 3-1 and 2-0 wins. Two first period goals for MSU brought them to an early lead that couldn’t be overcome. Alex Strohm and Katie Iandoli were the goal-getters, while Elise Penhollow (2) and Megan Brace had the helpers. Lauren Barella struck for Michigan-Flint at 5:30 into the second period to start a comeback. Kelly OReilly with the power play goal assist. But Emily Lynch increased the Spartan’s lead to two 0:30 into the third and never looked back. Emily Awdish was in net for Michigan State making 32 of 33 saves, while Ella Sinclair made 61 stops on 63 attempts.
Sunday’s game brought about a shutout win for Michigan State, where goaltenders Izzy Morton and Awdish split play. Strohm would, again, tally the first goal of the game mid-way through the first. The only other goal during the game came from Spartan Tayler Losee, unassisted. Sinclair was in net once again for Michigan-Flint.
Third star of the weekend goes to MSU’s Strohm (2g), second star belongs to UMF’s Sinclair (61/63), and first star is awarded to MSU’s Awdish (32/33).
(The games recapped below are considered “ACHA exhibition games” and do not count towards CCWHA standings or statistics)
NORTHERN MICHIGAN/MINNESOTA-DULUTH – The Wildcats of Northern Michigan took on the reigning National Champions, University of Minnesota-Duluth. The Wildcats struck first, grabbing the only goal in the first period. Allison Carlson would be accredited with that goal with the helper going to Caitlin Muehlbacher. UMD put in four unanswered goals to give them a 4-1 lead with most of the third period to play. Carlie Kangas made it 4-2 after assists from Muehlbacher and Morgan Schmidt. Minnesota-Duluth tacked on two more goals though, one coming on the powerplay, to make it 6-2. Carlson would tally her second of the night with three seconds left to play after a helper from Sydney Higgins. Devin Christian was in net for NMU making 15 saves on 21 shots while the Wildcat offense put out 26 shots on goal.
Sunday’s game brought two more goals from Carlson, but in the second period and two minutes apart. Mary Schimmel with an assist on the second goal. Two more goals were seen in the second period, but by Minnesota-Duluth. With a tie game, and no goals found in either the third period nor overtime, a 2-2 tie was the result. Christian made 23 saves on 25 shots while 36 shots were fired off in the Northern offensive zone.
Author: Mackenzie Smith, Communications Manager
Graphic: Maria Barlow