ADRIAN, Mich. – Facing a two-goal deficit with just over six minutes remaining in regulation, the Concordia University Wisconsin Women's Hockey team rallied with two late goals to tie the score at 5-5 against Adrian College. CUW and Adrian would go to an overtime session, but the Bulldogs escaped with the win on a goal 6:33 into the extra session, ending the Falcons season in a 6-5 contest.
CUW forced the overtime when junior Samantha Reiter (Stillwater, Minn.) scored with 1:04 remaining in regulation. The Reiter goal came just 13 seconds after head coach Jim Ingman decided to pull his goalie for an extra skater and CUW capitalized on the opportunity. The tying goal was assisted by freshman Baylee Darling (Holmen, Wis.). Adrian's game-winner in overtime was scored by Hannah McGowan and was unassisted.
The Falcons scored three times in the third as they entered the final 20 minutes of regulation down 4-2. The first two third-period goals were power play goals, one from Reiter and the other from freshman Veronika Metanova (Palatine, Ill.). Adrian scored after the first Reiter goal, extending its lead back to two goals before CUW rallied for the 5-5 tie. Freshmen Laine Tomesch (Mequon, Wis.) and Brandi Muller (Anchorage, Alaska) assisted on both third period power play goals.
Each team scored once in the first period Friday, beginning with CUW as sophomore Alexis Machuga (Rochester Hills, Mich.) tallied an unassisted goal 2:05 into play. That lead would hold for much of the first period until Adrian got an unassisted score from Danielle Smith with 1:04 left in the opening period.
CUW would again take a one-goal lead at the 6:17 mark of the second when sophomore Katherine Paluetti (Roseville, Minn.) netted a goal assisted by sophomore Nina Puch (Des Plaines, Ill.) and Muller. Muller's three assists were a career high.
Adrian made its big run over a seven-minute stretch in the third period, scoring three times and building a two-goal lead. Smith assisted on two of the Bulldogs goals, the first being a power play score, as she finished with a team-high four points.
Brooke Gibson got the win in net for the Bulldogs, playing the final 40:16 of action and making 16 saves. Freshman Bridget Slater (Roseau, Minn.) was the goaltender for the Falcons, finishing with 31 saves.
The Falcons season concludes with an 8-16-2 overall record. They went 6-10-2 in conference play on a roster that had just one senior and was dominated by underclassmen.