The University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point women’s hockey team faced Adrian College at home over the weekend and lost both games. The first game on Saturday ended 7-3 while Sunday's game ended 6-4, extending Point’s current losing streak to five games.
Saturday began with Adrian getting on the board early in the first when sophomore forward Lauren Turner and freshman forward Lauren Zachwieja set up sophomore forward Sarah Connelly. Point answered three minutes later on a goal by freshman forward Morgan Pearson. Freshman forward Hannah Smith set up Pearson for the 1-1 equalizer.
Morgan Pearson got the Pointers up 2-1 after sophomore defender Ava Plamondon assisted her for the go-ahead score. Adrian College got even just before the end of the first period when freshman forward Hannah McGowan found the net. McGowan was assisted by senior defender Kelly Salis and senior goalkeeper Brittany Zeches.
Adrian College again scored the first goal of the period off of a power play. McGowan and freshman defender Courtney Millar assisted sophomore forward Danielle Smith to get the Bulldogs out to a 3-2 lead.
The Bulldogs took advantage of another power play opportunity five minutes later on a Salis goal, assisted by McGowan and senior forward Olivia Rork. Salis and McGowan both finished with a game-high three points on the night.
Point brought the game to 3-4 on their own power play goal late in the second period when freshman defender Nicole Schaub scored unassisted. Both teams had 10 penalties on the night totaling 20 minutes of penalty minutes.
Adrian College again scored the opening goal in the third period to get the Bulldogs out to a 5-3 lead. The Bulldogs added two more empty-net goals in the third by sophomore forward Nina Laurie, and Salis tallied her third point.
Freshman goalkeeper Janna Beilke-Skoug recorded the loss for the Pointers and was replaced by fellow freshman goalkeeper Johanna Sommers in the second period. Zeches recorded the win for the Bulldogs with 23 saves on the night.
Adrian College again scored the opening goal of the game in Sunday's rematch in sign of a similar outcome. Junior forward Ashley Chin set up Millar for her second point in as many days. Point tied the game later on when junior forward Michelle Lunneborg took advantage of an assist by sophomore forward Allie Tanzer.
Millar again scored for the Bulldogs who, again, scored the opening period goal in the second to give them a 2-1 lead. Zeches notched the assist for the goal. A series of goals brought some energy to the game in the second period.
During a power play, Laurie took the Bulldog lead to 3-1, assisted by Turner and Salis. Thirty-six seconds later, sophomore forward Cassandra Salmen brought the Pointers within one on an unassisted goal. McGowan then answered the Pointer goal 15 seconds later. Zachwieja and Smith assisted McGowan on the play.
The third period opened with a Bulldog goal on power play when Connelly and Laurie set up Turner to take the Bulldog lead to 5-2. Under two minutes later Salis scored an unassisted power play goal for Adrian College. The Bulldogs managed to score first in every period and trailed just once the entire series.
Senior forward Erin Marvin gave the Pointers their third goal of the night on a power play. Tanzer and sophomore defender Megan Nickelson recorded the assist on the play. Senior forward Erika Greenen got set up by senior defender Arial Novak and Marvin, but it wasn't enough as the game ended 6-4 in favor of the Bulldogs.
Zeches recorded the win with 18 saves while Sommers recorded the loss with 13 saves on the afternoon. Next up for the Pointers is a weekend series at Lake Forest College starting Saturday, February 11, at 2:00 p.m.