Men's Hockey Doubles Up Trine in First Meeting Behind Kyle Brothers' Five Assists

Senior Kyle Brothers became the fifth Bulldog ever to register five assists in a game as Adrian defeated host Trine, 6-3, Friday.
Senior Kyle Brothers became the fifth Bulldog ever to register five assists in a game as Adrian defeated host Trine, 6-3, Friday.

ANGOLA, Ind.--Adrian College got a career-high five assists from Kyle Brothers, senior Austin Rust continued his historic start, and the Bulldogs scored two key power play goals in the second period to double up host Trine, 6-3, in Northern Collegiate Hockey Association men's action on Friday.

THE BASICS
= Final Score: Adrian College 6, Trine University 3

= Location: Thunder Ice Arena; Angola, Ind.

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs 4-1 overall (4-1 NCHA South Division); Trine Thunder 0-6-1 overall (0-4-1 NCHA South Division)

= National Rankings: Adrian--#2 D3hockey.com, #2 USCHO.com polls

TOP 'DAWGS
= Brothers, a senior left wing, led all scorers with five assists--the second-most in Adrian single-game history.

= Adrian had five different goal scorers in Rust with a pair of tallies, junior Bryan Yim, senior assistant captain Taylor McCloy, senior captain Mathew Thompson and junior Cameron Cooper.

= Junior Connor Armour was a force in the faceoff circle, winning 12 of 15 draws. He also had an assist and three shots on goal.

= Sophomore Matt McNair won nine of 14 face-offs and he added an assist.

= Classmate Ryan Cusin led the team with six shots on goal.

= McCloy added an assist for a two-point night.

THE OPPOSITION
= Ryan Murray led Trine with a goal and an assist.

= Freshman Sammy Nardicchio scored a shorthanded goal in the third period.

= Defenseman Josh Hinderliter also scored for the Thunder.

= Goalie Brett Young tried to keep TU close by turning aside 40 of 46 shots he faced.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Adrian went 2-for-7 on the power play, using one of the nation's top special teams units to take a 4-1 lead after two periods.

= Adrian struck first just 2 minutes and 18 seconds after the opening face-off off the stick of senior Austin Rust, getting a feed from junior transfer Nick Erb.

= Murry equalized for Trine at 8:08 of the first period on a breakaway.

= Adrian took the lead for good on Yim's power play marker with 55 seconds before the end of the first period. 

= The Bulldogs scored twice in the second stanza to go up 4-1. At 14:43, McCloy fired a shot between the circles past Young on crisp passing by Brothers and junior defenseman Cory Dunn. Then with just 12 seconds remaining, Thompson was the recipient of some tic-tac-toe passing from McCloy and Brothers, shooting the puck from near the left post for a power play tally.

= In the third period, Cooper made it 5-1 with a shot from the point only 42 seconds in.

= Nardicchio scored a shorthanded goal at 7:15 of the third period, taking advantage of an errant pass in Adrian's offensive zone. Adrian led 5-2.

= Rust and Hinderliter traded goals 5 minutes apart to complete the scoring.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= This marked the first meeting between the schools on the ice; the institutions are members of the primary-sport conference Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association.

= Trine University is a first-year NCAA Division III hockey program.

= Adrian's power play is 28.6 percent (8-28), which is tied for ninth in NCAA Division III.

= With five points tonight, Brothers takes over the Adrian scoring lead over Dunn (8), McCloy (8) and Thompson (8) with 13. Brothers' five assists are one shy of the school benchmark.

= The last AC skater to notch five assists in a game was current assistant coach Shawn Skelly on March 5, 2011, against Lawrence University.

= Rust now has six goals--tied for the team lead--through five contests. He had four goals in 20 games as a junior.

= With 43+87=130 scoring totals, Brothers moves into seventh place on the Bulldogs all-time scoring chart. Josh Ranalli (2011-14) and current head coach Adam Krug '12 had 129 points each. Brothers also lists seventh on the career assists category (87).

UP NEXT
= These same two teams wrap up their home-and-home weekend series on Saturday, shifting to Adrian for a 7:05 p.m. start at the Arrington Ice Arena. Get your tickets in advance and online: http://www.adrianbulldogs.com/links/zk0vqb

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