Mustangs Drop Season Opener Versus No. 2 Adrian in Bulldog Bowl

Mustangs Drop Season Opener Versus No. 2 Adrian in Bulldog Bowl

ADRIAN, Mich. - Stevenson women's ice hockey junior Caitie Darosa recorded a career-high 43 saves but Adrian scored four times in the third period to lead second-ranked Adrian over the Mustangs, 6-0, in the Bulldog Bowl and season opener for both teams Friday evening at Arrington Ice Arena.

It was the ninth game versus a ranked team in program history for the Mustangs (0-1), who fall to 1-8 in those games. The team's lone win over a ranked opponent came versus No. 10 Utica on January 17, 2015.

The Bulldogs recorded the first three shots of the game, including a shot just over a minute into the contest, but all three were knocked away by Darosa. A shot by senior Chelsea Blackburn forced the first whistle over a six minute span, giving the Mustangs an offensive zone faceoff. Blackburn won her second faceoff, giving senior Monica Pozuc a shot on net but it was saved by Kate Turner.

On the 14th shot of the opening period for Adrian, Olivia Fox got the puck past Darosa to give the hosts a 1-0 lead with 4:57 remaining in the frame.

Stevenson earend the first power-play opportunity of the game with 2:52 remaining in the first after a slashing call. Senior Chelsea Ellis won the ensuing offensive zone faceoff but the Mustangs were not able to record a shot during the two-minute player advantage.

The visitors won seven of the first 13 faceoffs, with Blackburn winning three while Ellis and junior Allie Sabatini each won two.

The Bulldogs (1-0) doubled their lead with a goal 5:02 into the second period as Savannah Veri scored on an assist from Kelly O'Sullivan. O'Sullivan, who finished with two goals and two assists, led all freshmen defenders in Division III last season with 37 points.

Midway through the second period, the Mustangs earned their second power-play attempt but were again held without a shot. Just 2:08 after the second power-play ended, Adrian was whistled for a third penalty on a second straight tripping call. Blackburn won the initial faceoff and recorded one of two Stevenson shots with senior Sarah Antonelli recording the other.

Just 47 seconds into the third period, the Mustangs committed their first penalty and Adrian took advantage, scoring with six seconds remaining in the power-play to take a 3-0 lead. The Bulldogs recorded 21 shots in the final frame and netted two goals in the final 3:06, including the last strike with 10 seconds remaining.

The one penalty marks the 10th time in program history that Stevenson was whistled for one or fewer penalties.

It is just the fifth time a goalie has recorded at least 40 saves for the Mustangs, with 43 saves ranking second in program history. Darosa is just 11 saves shy of 500 for her career and would become just the second player to accomplish that feat.

The Bulldogs outshot Stevenson, 49-12, marking only the third time in the last 41 games that the Mustangs have allowed 40 shots. Adrian also won 28 of the 40 faceoffs.

Stevenson will face No. 3 Norwich in the consolation game of the Bulldog Bowl beginning at 12:00 p.m. It will be the first meeting between the two teams.