Fifth-ranked Adrian scored three times in the third period, as the Bulldogs (9-1-0) posted a 4-1 victory over fourth-ranked Middlebury (2-1-1) in the championship game of the Panther/Cardinal Classic on Sunday. The Panthers return to NESCAC play on Friday for a two-game set at Connecticut College, while the Bulldogs host Aurora for two games next weekend. In the consolation game, second-ranked Plattsburgh beat top-ranked Elmira by the same 4-1 score.
Middlebury got off to a fast start, nearly getting on the scoreboard on the game's initial shift. Jenna Marotta's shot from the slot was stopped by Adrian goalie Kate Turner and Katarina Shuchuk poked the rebound just wide of the right pot.
The hosts grabbed a 1-0 lead with 7:28 remaining in the frame after winning a faceoff in the Bulldog zone. Madie Leidt won the draw to Meghan Keating, who set Anna Zumwinkle up for a blast from the point that resulted in her first tally of the season. Leidt almost doubled the lead in the closing minutes, ringing a shot from the left circle off the crossbar.
Adrian's Taylor Henthorne came close to knotting the score in the opening minutes of the middle stanza with a shot from the doorstep, but Middlebury goalie Anna Goldstein slid to her left to mute the chance. The Bulldogs pulled even with 7:43 showing on the clock, as Maggie Mitter cleaned up a shot that went off the post from the left point by Jessica Anderson.
In the final period, Adrian earned its first lead of the contest with 3:25 expired. Julia Barrett's shot from the left point hit traffic in front, before bouncing to Tory Harshman, who slid the puck into the net. The Bulldogs added an insurance with 6:53 remaining when Brianna Buchanan knocked in a centering feed from Amanda Tomasek at the left post.
The visitors closed out the scoring with 1:17 showing on the clock, as Hannah Dalrymple slid the puck into the Panther net with Goldstein on the bench in favor of an extra attacker.
Goldstein finished with 23 saves for the Panthers, while Turner made 16 stops for the Bulldogs. Adrian held 27-17 edge in shots and scored on its only power-play opportunity with Middlebury coming up empty in one chance.
Most Outstanding Player: Kate Turner – Adrian
Brianna Buchanan – Adrian
Maggie Mitter – Adrian
Jenna Marotta – Middlebury
Anna Zumwinkle - Middlebury
Sydney Harris - Elmira
Erin McArdle – Plattsburgh State