Diaz's Hat Trick Powers Women's Hockey Past Concordia-Wisconsin

Kortney Diaz became the 17th player in team history to record a hat trick with her natural hat trick in Adrian's 8-0 win over Concordia-Wisconsin on Saturday (Photo by Mike Dickie).
Kortney Diaz became the 17th player in team history to record a hat trick with her natural hat trick in Adrian's 8-0 win over Concordia-Wisconsin on Saturday (Photo by Mike Dickie).

MEQUON, Wis. – The No. 7-ranked Adrian College women's hockey team picked up its sixth weekend sweep of the season by beating Concordia-Wisconsin 8-0 on Saturday, Feb. 2. The win keeps the Bulldogs in first place in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NCHA) standings and three points clear of second place.

THE BASICS

Final Score: #7 Adrian 8, Concordia-Wisconsin 0,

Location: Mequon, Wis. (Ozaukee Ice Center)

Records: Adrian 16-4-1 (12-1-1 NCHA), Concordia-Wisconsin 10-8-2 (6-6-2 NCHA)

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Bulldogs scored early and often in the game, with Adrian's first goal coming just under three minutes into the contest. Freshman defenseman Julia Barrett received a pass across the blueline from her junior partner Kelly O'Sullivan and fired a shot on net. Barrett's shot was turned aside but classmate Maggie Mitter was there to scoop up the rebound and give Adrian the early lead. Almost 10 minutes would pass before AC scored again when junior defenseman Rylee Bates scored a power play goal with 7:27 remaining. Senior defender Shelly Czarnowczan walked the blueline on the advantage and found junior forward Jacqueline White. White then found Bates driving to the cage on the back door and threw a nice seam pass across the ice to her for the goal.

Mitter would net her second goal of the period with 3:18 remaining after slipping it five hole to make it 3-0. Mitter drove wide to the outside after receiving an entry pass into the zone from Barrett and fired the puck between the goalie's legs. Senior forward Kortney Diaz scored one more for the Bulldogs in the first, two minutes after Mitter's second. O'Sullivan passed the puck up to sophomore forward Brooke Schembri who sprung Diaz free on a breakaway. Diaz made a nice move on the goalie, going from her backhand to her forehand and slid the puck under the outstretched goalie to make it 4-0 Adrian heading into the first intermission.

Diaz scored her second goal of the game 3:14 into the second stanza, which would prove to be the only goal of the second period. Senior forward Hannah Dalrymple passed the puck over the Schembri for a shot that was stopped but Diaz was around the net and picked up the rebound to extend the lead to 5-0. Diaz would complete her natural hat trick 1:43 into the final frame on another breakaway. This time she went from her forehand to her backhand and fooled the goalie again, leaving the five hole wide open to slip the puck in for the first hat trick of her career.

Schembri would score a breakaway goal of her own two minutes later after intercepting a pass. She picked off the cross-ice pass and ripped the puck top-shelf past the goalie's glove to extend the Black and Gold's lead to 7-0 with 16:05 left in the game. Adrian would get one more goal before the game was over when Bates netted her second of the game. She scored with 3:54 remaining in the contest after some nice passing from Schembri and Barrett set her up perfectly for the goal.

Adrian outshot Concordia-Wisconsin 45-22 in the game and shutout its opponent for the ninth time this season, putting this year's team tied for third all-time for shutouts in a season. The program record of 13 was set by last year's squad. The Bulldogs also maintained their three-point lead in the NCHA standings with four games left to go. AC is the only school to have clinched a playoff spot at this point and are guaranteed to host a first round series in the Slaats Cup Playoffs.

TOP DOGS

• Diaz became the 17th player in program history to score a hat trick, Mitter and Bates scored twice, and Schembri found the back of the net for the Bulldogs.

• Schembri led the team with four assists and was involved in each of the last five goals. Barrett tallied three assists, Dalrymple and O'Sullivan each picked up two, and White and Czarnowczan each added one helper.

• Freshman goaltender Denisa Jandova stopped all 22 shots that came her way to improve to 4-0-1 on the year with four shutouts. She has a 0.36 goals against average, .979 save percentage, and four shutouts in six appearances this season.

THE OPPOSITION

• Ellie Woodman led the Falcons with five shots on goal.

• Christina Pattengale made 37 saves in the loss.

UP NEXT

The Bulldogs have two series at home to close out the regular season before playoffs. St. Norbert comes to Adrian this weekend, followed by Marian to finish the regular season. The Green Knights are currently tied with Northland for the sixth and final playoff spot. Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8 and 3 p.m. on Saturday.

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