Adrian offense too much for Ole Women

Brent Hollerud
November 17, 2013

NORTHFIELD, Minn. - Despite receiving a 53 save performance from freshman netminder Hailey Sampson, the St. Olaf women's hockey team fell to Adrian College on Sunday afternoon 4-2 at the Northfield Ice Arena in a non-conference match-up.

With the game knotted at two heading into the third period, a pair of Adrian goals spoiled the strong game by Sampson and secured the Bulldogs' fourth win in a row.

Adrian forward Devyn Fitzhenry buried her second goal of the game, and the eventual game-winner at 3:25 of the period on the power play. After some strong puck movement by the Bulldogs, a shot by Audrey Noles handcuffed Sampson, leaving a rebound right in front of Fitzhenry.

Kelsey Kusch was able to add an insurance marker at 13:06 when she cashed in on a feed from Fitzhenry during a two-on-one rush.

Adrian, seeing their first action of the weekend on Sunday, was able to take advantage of an Ole squad who was playing in their third game in less than 72 hours by dominating play in the opening period. The Bulldogs held a 21-4 edge on shots after the first, yet only were able to take a 1-0 lead into the break, thanks in large part to a handful of huge stops by Sampson.

The Oles fought back in the second, testing Adrian goalie Allie Carter and tying the game on forward Annie Pumper's first collegiate goal at 7:50. After a nice pass from Lauren Bazzachini, Pumper fired one into the top-left corner of the cage.

St. Olaf was able to take the lead six minutes later when Caroline Ponessa capitalized on an Adrian penalty with a seeing-eye shot from the blue line which found the bottom-right portion of the net.

After Ponessa's goal, Brooke Gibson took over in the Bulldog crease in relief of Carter, who surrendered two goals on nine shots. Gibson picks up the win turning aside all ten Ole attempts she faced.

Adrian tied the game at 18:11 in the period with the first of Fitzhenry's power play goals. The Bulldogs finished two-for-three with the man-advantage while the Oles went one-for-two.

The loss drops St. Olaf to 2-3-0 overall on the young season but they remain 2-0-0 in MIAC play after sweeping St. Benedict this weekend. Next up is a series with St. Thomas, beginning on Friday night in Mendota Heights, Minn.

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