Mustangs Drop First Game of the Season, Fall on the Road at No. 4 Adrian

Mustangs Drop First Game of the Season, Fall on the Road at No. 4 Adrian

ADRIAN, MI – Stevenson women's ice hockey senior Sydney Hughes scored her second career goal but fourth-ranked Adrian scored five second period goals to hand the Mustangs their first loss of the season in an 8-1 non-conference victory Wednesday evening at Arrington Ice Arena.

The Mustangs (11-1-1), who entered the game giving up just six goals through 12 games, allowed eight goals, a mark that ties for the most in program history. It was also the third time the team has allowed five goals in a period.

Both teams started off quick, as there was just one stoppage in the opening four minutes of play. A shot by Logan Taylor dinged off the crossbar just 1:45 into the contest before an answer by senior McKenzie Taggart 40 seconds later was deflected off the glove of Jade Walsh and off the post.

The Bulldogs (9-2-0), who outshot Stevenson 20-5 in the first period, tallied two goals in a 17 second span to give the hosts an early two goal lead just 4:18 into the game.

Adrian was looking to add to its lead with the Bulldogs first power play opportunity but senior Sarah Modzelewski knocked away all four shots as the Mustangs killed off its 40th penalty kill this season. Modzelewski finished with 28 saves in two periods of play.

Just eight seconds into the Mustangs first power play, Hughes ripped a shot from the point that went bar down over the glove hand of Ziemba to get the visitors on the board at the 13:37 mark. It was just the second shot for Stevenson in the game who trailed by just one at the first intermission.

Despite three consecutive blocks by senior Jessie Capanelli, the Mustangs could not clear the puck out of their defensive zone and the Bulldogs were able to push their lead back to two, as the puck slid just inside the post 3:11 into the second period.

After a Stevenson defender fell on a breakaway, Adrian leading scorer Kristin Lewicki was able to beat Modzelewski with a back handed shot over the senior goaltenders stick as the Bulldogs built a three goal advantage. Just under three minutes later, Adrian found the back of the net once again to lead 5-1.

The Bulldogs final goal of the second period came on the power play just the second given up by the Mustangs this season as the visitors entered the game as the number one penalty kill unit in Division III. Adrian outshot Stevenson 15-3 in the period while winning 14 of the 19 face-offs.

The hosts scored its eighth and final goal just 23 seconds into the third period, the first goal given up by freshman goalie Caitie Darosa. Darosa finished with nine saves.

The Bulldogs outshot the Mustangs, 45-14, a season low for the visitors. Adrian was also 40-for-57 on face-offs.

Stevenson returns to action on Saturday, January 9 when the Mustangs begin a two-game non-conference series versus Augsburg. Opening face-off is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. EST.