Augsburg Hockey Teams Face Off with Adrian

Bobbi Evers, contributor

Both of Augsburg’s hockey teams kicked off their seasons with some fantastic non-conference games against the nationally ranked Adrian Bulldogs from Adrian, MI. 

The Adrian mens hockey team finished their championship season last year with a record of 31-1, and they began their national title defense this season by visiting Augsburg’s Ed Saugestad Rink on Thursday, Nov. 3. Augsburg’s mens hockey team came into this game ranked fourth in the nation, and it was also a rematch of last season’s Division III national semifinal game. The Bulldogs won that game 5-1, but the rematch was much closer throughout. The game ended in a 2-2 draw, with Augsburg winning the shootout after the overtime period 1-0. Although there is a newly introduced rule that allows shootouts after overtime in NCAA non-conference games, the game counted as a tie for both teams. 

The first goal of the game was scored by Augsburg senior forward Fritz Belisle about a minute into the second period. Later in the period, Adrian scored twice in a span of three minutes and 19 seconds to take a 2-1 lead. Adrian held this lead until the 5:14 mark of the third period. At that point, Auggies senior forward Austin Dollimer scored to tie the game at 2-2, with assists from fellow senior forward Gavin Holland and senior defenseman Nick Woodward. While the game officially ended in a draw, the victory in the shootout was enough to send the Auggies fans home happy. 

Augsburg’s womens hockey team is kicking off their season with five consecutive away games, the third being against the 10th place ranked Adrian Bulldogs on Friday, Nov. 4 in Adrian, MI. The Auggies were blanked by Adrian in that game, with the final score being a 4-0 win for the Bulldogs. 

The first goal of the game came from Adrian in the midway point of the first period. The Bulldogs then scored three more times within an eight minute time span in the second period to put the game out of reach. Augsburg junior goalie Chloe Stockinger made 18 saves throughout the game. The Auggies took 18 shots in total, with the team leader being junior forward Kennedy Stein with four. 

The following night, the Auggies and Bulldogs took the ice for the second game of their series, ending in a crushing 0-1 loss for Augsburg. The game was as close as expected, with both teams coming into the series ranked nationally. The Bulldogs entered the weekend ranked 10th, while the Auggies came in at 13th. 

The game began with the Bulldogs scoring around the 15:29 mark in the first period on a power play. The Auggies were a tough match for Adrian, and this was reflected in the stats. The total number of shots on goal in the game were 31 for the Auggies and 36 for the Bulldogs. Senior forward Jenna Gerold led the Auggies in shots with six, and sophomore forward Emily Cronkhite ended the game right behind her with five shots. 

For those looking forward to upcoming games, the womens team will face St. Mary’s University in Winona, MN on Saturday, Nov. 19th. The men’s team will also face St. Mary’s on Friday, Nov. 18 at home in Minneapolis. It will be very exciting to see how both Augsburg hockey teams do as they begin facing off against MIAC opponents in conference play.