Second-Ranked ACHA Division 1 Men's Hockey Rolls to Ninth Straight Win over Western Michigan, 9-1

Sophomore Marcus Rose scored twice in Adrian's 9-1 thumping of Western Michigan Thursday evening. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Sophomore Marcus Rose scored twice in Adrian's 9-1 thumping of Western Michigan Thursday evening. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

ADRIAN, Mich.--The second-ranked Adrian College ACHA Division 1 men's hockey team won its ninth consecutive game on Thursday evening with a 9-1 victory over the visiting Western Michigan University Stallions at Arrington Ice Arena.

The Bulldogs put their offensive firepower on display scoring seven unanswered goals to begin the game, then adding two more, which included four power-play goals and a shorthanded tally against the Stallions.

Scoring twice for the Bulldogs were Brad Kobryn, Marcus Rose and J.P. Grineau while registering single goals were Justin Fisher, Kyle Perkowski and Dominic Moore.

Adrian took a 1-0 advantage in just under five minutes on Grineau's first score, but Western then had a golden opportunity to knot the score when Connor McLean received a five minute major penalty for head contact. The comeback did not materialize, however, as the only goal during the five minute stretch was Fisher's shorthanded tally and the Bulldogs led 2-0 after twenty minutes.

Adrian scored four times in the second period to effectively put the game away, as Kobryn scored his team leading tenth and eleventh goals of the campaign, while Perkowski scored even strength and Rose connected on the power play for his first goal to make the score 6-0.

Adrian outscored the Stallions 3-1 in the game's final stanza, as Moore picked up his sixth of the year and Grineau and Rose each scored power play goals after Western's Kyle Keeder had scored the Stallions lone goal.

Adrian Goalkeeper Michael Barrett made 20 saves in earning his first fourth win of the season, dropping his goals against average to 1.75 for the season. Western starter Myles Madden also had 20 stops before giving way to Sam Wozniski after two periods, as Adrian nearly doubled the shots on goal, outshooting the Stallions by a 41-21 count.

The series will now take a day off before moving to Kalamazoo on Saturday night for game two, when the Bulldogs take on the Stallings at Wings West Arena starting at 5 p.m.

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--David VanGeison