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Simply Enough: Lady Ice Lions Dominated by No. 3 Adrian, Drop to 0-3-1

Aimee Little was spectacular with 35 saves on Saturday night



Hockey is a complex sport, a fast, fluid game of violent motion, crucial decisions that need to be made instantaneously, and two teams full of players that need to know and execute their responsibilities with skill and tenacity in all situations to have any chance of success.

Sometimes though, a single game can be boiled down to seven words: Adrian was good, Penn State was not. As a result, the third-ranked Bulldogs are now 5-2-0 while the number seven Lady Ice Lions are 0-3-1 following AC's 4-0 win in their home Arrington Ice Arena Saturday night.

"Not good" was held from "utter disaster" largely through the efforts of Aimee Little. The sophomore goaltender made a stellar 35 saves in her season debut, giving the Lady Ice Lions the opportunity to enter the third period in a one-goal contest despite heavy Adrian advantages in just about every other category.

Things remained scoreless until 2:23 into the second period when Nichole Laflamme dangled through two Penn Staters to create a low 2-on-0 opportunity. She then saucered across the crease for Jessie Rushing, who easily deposited what would become the game-winning goal.

Nicole Paradis went next, midway through the third period. The Bulldogs' leading scorer was fed low by Jessica Fabbro before another artistic finish. Goal three came just two minutes later on a similar-looking play, this time with Kaillie Hardy scoring from Micayla Salyn. Salyn had secondary assists on the first two tallies before the primary to Hardy rounded out a three-point night for the freshman.

Sam Fortune closed the scoring in the final minute of the contest, on Adrian's 38th of 39 shots. The Lady Ice Lions managed just 10 towards Alison Dungey on the other end for her fifth career shutout.

There is, fortunately, one other simple reality to hockey, this a bit more universal than the specifics of any one game: tomorrow offers a clean 200 feet of ice, 60 minutes of game time and a 0-0 scoreline. Puck drop is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

Box Score


First Period
Scoring
None.
Penalties
None.
Second Period
Scoring
1. Adrian, Jessie Rushing (Nichole Laflamme, Micayla Salyn), 17:37.
Penalties
1. Penn State, Nina Elia (2:00 hooking), 13:28.
Third Period
Scoring
2. Adrian, Nicole Paradis (Jessica Fabbro, Micayla Salyn), 10:44; 3. Adrian, Kaillie Hardy (Micayla Salyn), 8:21; 4. Adrian, Sam Fortune (unassisted), 0:56.
Penalties
None.
Goaltending
Penn State: Aimee Little: L, 35 saves/39 shots. Adrian: Alison Dungey: W, 10 saves, 10 shots.

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