ADRIAN, Mich. – A three-goal third period, including two by freshman Veronika Metanova, wasn't enough as the Concordia University Wisconsin Women's Hockey team had their comeback attempt stopped short by Adrian College Saturday. The Falcons dropped their sixth straight, this one by a 4-3 score.
CUW entered the third period trailing 4-0 but scored three goals in a 3:40 span to cut the Bulldogs lead to 4-3 with just under 13 minutes remaining in the contest. Junior Emily Heckendorf (Merrill, Wis.) got the scoring started for the Falcons with an unassisted goal 3:24 into the third stanza.
Metanova (Palatine, Ill.) then scored two goals 1:38 apart from one another, beginning with a power play tally at the 5:26 mark of the third. Heckendorf assisted on the score which cut the Adrian lead to 4-2. Metanova would add her second goal with 12:56 remaining in the game, scoring unassisted.
Unfortunately for the Falcons that would be all the scoring for the contest as Adrian held on for the one-goal lead. For the second straight game CUW held a slight edge in shots, 26-24, and again dominated the shot total in the final period, outshooting the Bulldogs 13-3 over the final 20 minutes of play.
Adrian came out fast in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association matchup, scoring two goals within the first five minutes of play. Kaylyn Schroka put AC up 1-0 on a goal assisted by Sarah Shureb and Abby Kippler just 2:36 into play. Shureb and Kippler also assisted on the Bulldogs second goal, which was scored at the 4:48 mark by Sydney Dobbin.
The Bulldogs (14-3-0, 7-3-0 NCHA) would build their lead to 3-0 before the first intermission as Audrey Noles scored at the 11:51 mark of the opening stanza. AC would add a goal in the second period off the stick of Kristin Lewicki which gave them the four-goal edge heading into the final period.
For the first time this season junior goalie Jennifer DeGeorge (Waukesha, Wis.) was the not Falcons goalie of record. DeGeorge played the final 32:56 of play and stopped all 13 shots she faced. Junior Andrea Mizanskey (Palos Heights, Ill.) made seven saves in her first start of the season for CUW. Jade Walsh picked up her 10th win of the year for Adrian, making 23 saves.
The Falcons (6-10-0, 4-5-0 NCHA) will look to snap their current skid next weekend when they host No. 9 College of St. Scholastica in a two-game series next weekend at the Ozaukee Ice Center. The Falcons and Saints will begin their series with a 4 p.m. start Friday and live coverage links will be available at CUWFalcons.com.