OXFORD, Ohio – Midland University’s women’s hockey program has come quite a long ways from its first season back in 2014 and this past weekend’s series with No. 5 Miami University was solid proof of that. After losing by double-digits four seasons ago, the Lady Warriors not only played even with the RedHawks, they were the better team for the majority of both games on the scoreboard.
Midland opened up Friday’s game with a pair of goals in the first two periods while shutting down the Miami attack. Tieryn Arens was the first Warriors to score as she fired home a power play shot from Ally Conybear midway through the first. In the second it was Meredith Grothman finding the back of the net after a pass from Isabelle Uhl-Chmiel and Mylie Ketterson five minutes into the period.
The Warriors played with the lead throughout the rest of the period and to the halfway mark of the third period before the RedHawks were able to score two quick goals to even the game. McKenna Gehner and the Midland defense though buckled down after that and the attack had a few more opportunities as the regulation time wound down.
In overtime the Warriors and RedHawks were equally good defensively stopping each teams’ chances to end the game. Even though the game ended in a tie, the outcome opened a lot of people’s eyes in the ACHA.
On Saturday, after playing a top-five team even the night before, the Warriors showed no signs that it was satisfied. They were still hungry for that monumental win.
After playing a scoreless first period and nearly a scoreless second, Midland was able to edge a goal past the RedHawks goalie in the final minute of the period. Conybear scored with Midland on the power play with just 34 seconds left on the clock and sent the Warriors into the final intermission with momentum and the upper hand on the scoreboard.
The momentum spilled over into the third as the defense put a stop to the RedHawks’ attack. It wasn’t until after the halfway mark that Miami was able to get things going once again offensively. They were able to get a few shots off against Gehner and the Warriors’ defense and then after a questionable icing call, they were able to knot the score after winning a face off in the Midland zone at the 16 minute mark.
The Warriors did their best to keep things tied the rest of regulation, and they did, but it cost them a lot of energy. In the overtime the depth of the RedHawks finally was a factor as they were able to score the winner.
Midland (16-16-3) will now prepare for the postseason. They’ll have a quick turnaround as they’ll head to Las Vegas, Nevada for the WWCHL Postseason Tournament. The Warriors are the 2-seed and will play Colorado State (6-13-0) and Denver (3-18-0) in pool play on Friday at 10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. The semifinals will be held on Saturday night with the championship game on Sunday at 12:30 p.m. All times mentioned are Central.