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RECAP: Loyola University-Chicago Wins 2018 CCWHA Division 2 Playoffs, Heads To Nationals

RECAP: Loyola University-Chicago Wins 2018 CCWHA Division 2 Playoffs, Heads To Nationals

KALAMAZOO, MI – The 2018 Central Collegiate Women’s Hockey Association held their annual tournament this past weekend at Wings West Arena, where the Loyola University-Chicago Ramblers recorded their first CCWHA Tournament win after defeating University of Notre Dame in the championship.   Friday, February 23, had the first game of the playoffs set for Loyola University against Adrian College. The Ramblers grabbed the first lead of the game with a goal from Reagan Lynn, unassisted, late in the first period. After a second period of no goals, the 2017-18 regular season champions tied things up with a goal from Hannah Chase at 5:16 into the third. Katie Hayward credited with the assist. The Ramblers regained their lead after a Ryley Coleman goal just four minutes later, and Chloe Zinter would secure the 3-1 win with Loyola’s third goal with less than two minutes left in the game. Zinter’s powerplay goal was assisted by Caitlin Earley and Coleman. In net for Loyola was Julia Smith who made 33 saves on 34 shots on net, while Victoria Poland stopped 31 of 34 for Adrian College.   Friday night’s second pool play game had University of Notre Dame and Northern Michigan University facing off. The Wildcats would hold the lead after one period with an Eve Feldman goal at the 8:39 mark. Kendall Turro with the helper on the first goal of the game. Less than a minute into the second period is when the Irish tied things up as Kiera Dwyer found open net after a pass from Gretta Steigauf. Notre Dame kept the ball rolling as they gained another goal at 3:42 into the second period, this time the goal came from Erica Steiguaf. Dwyer and G. Steigauf with the assists on the go-ahead goal. Caitlyn Muehlbacher of Northern Michigan tied things back up midway through the second, unassisted. However, Maura White found her first goal of the weekend, also unassisted, with a second left in the second to make it 3-2. Holding a one goal lead for most of the third period, with two minutes remaining Dwyer soared on past the Wildcat goaltender for a 4-2 finish. Caroline Riester was in net for Notre Dame, stopping 35 of 37 shots faced and Sydney Higgins was between the pipes for Northern Michigan making 35 saves on 39 shots faced.   Saturdays’ first of four games began with Loyola University-Chicago versus University of Notre Dame, with the Irish emerging victorious, 4-3. Whitney Knight grabbed the game’s first goal from the point to give the Ramblers a 1-0 lead at 7:31 into the first period. To add to the lead, Sophie Riedel put another goal in for Loyola halfway through the first after a pass from Michelle Cottrell. Notre Dame’s Gretta Steigauf began the Irish comeback as she found her first goal of the tournament with an assist from Katie Sylvester. ND’s Kiera Dwyer made it a tie game seconds after the Steigauf goal. Noelle Rosa and Colleen Dosch registered the assists on the Dwyer goal. Erica Steigauf grabbed her second goal of the weekend to gain the Notre Dame lead, 3-2, at 5:15 in the second period. Dwyer and and Maura White had the assists on the E. Steigauf goal while on the powerplay. Steigauf found the back of the net once...

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