@ACBulldogHockey Clinches Peters Cup with Strong Special Teams Play; Shuts Down MSOE, 6-0

Freshman defenseman Dean Hewines rifles a shot past the MSOE goalie for his first career goal, helping the Bulldogs clinch the NCHA Peters Cup with a 6-0 victory Friday. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Freshman defenseman Dean Hewines rifles a shot past the MSOE goalie for his first career goal, helping the Bulldogs clinch the NCHA Peters Cup with a 6-0 victory Friday. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

ADRIAN, Mich.--Top-ranked Adrian College scored two goals each on the power play and while shorthanded en route to a 6-0 win Friday over visiting MSOE, clinching the conference's Peters Cup regular-season title and No. 1 overall seed in the upcoming Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Harris Cup playoffs. 

THE BASICS
= Final Score: Adrian College 6, Milwaukee School of Engineering 0

= Location: Arrington Ice Arena; Adrian, Mich.

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs 20-4 overall, 16-1 NCHA-South; MSOE Raiders 10-12-2, 6-10-1 NCHA-South

= National Rankings: Adrian--#1 USCHO.com (296 points, 16 first-place votes) and #1 D3hockey.com (291, 14) polls

TOP 'DAWGS
= Senior Kyle Brothers led the Bulldogs' offense with a pair of goals.

= Junior Bryan Yim had three assists and classmate Cory Dunn chipped in two from his defensive position.

= Freshman defenseman Dean Hewines recorded his first career collegiate goal and added an assist to get the First Star of the Game.

= Junior goalie and Third Star of the Game honoree Kevin Entmaa turned aside all 24 shots he faced to improve to 13-2 on the season, chocking up his third shutout in 2017-18.

= Junior Chase Matson--who is a senior academically--finished 10-for-13 in the face-off circle. 

THE OPPOSITION
= Nick Redmon led MSOE with four shots on goal, while Michael Romund and Zach Simpson had three apiece.

= James Ring led all skaters with 15 face-off wins in 31 attempts. 

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Adrian scored three goals in the final period to break open a close game for the six-goal rout, outshooting MSOE 27-24 on the evening.

= In addition to Matson, senior captain Mathew Thompson (11-20), sophomore Dino Balsamo (9-18) and Yim (12-21) helped Adrian have a 45-34 advantage on face-offs.

= Brothers got the scoring going with a power-play marker with 7 minutes and 16 seconds left in the opening period. Dunn intentionally shot the puck wide right from the right point and Brothers cashed in on the carom off the end boards at the left post. 

= With just five seconds left, Hewines took a feed from Balsamo and beat Zach Woodman (L, 8-10-1; 21 saves) for his first career goal as a Bulldog.

= Junior Trevor Boyd scored an insurance goal in the second period to put Adrian up 3-0.

= One of the key moments in the contest came late in the second period when AC was on the power play and holding a 2-0 lead. With MSOE shorthanded, the Raiders had two back-to-back grade-A scoring opportunities by Stian Owens and Zach Simpson at the top of the crease, but Entmaa stoned them both.

= MSOE had the first solid scoring chance midway in the opening frame, but Entmaa flashed his left pad to keep it scoreless. 

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= MSOE and Adrian will meet in the NCHA Harris Cup Quarterfinals on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 16-17, at Arrington Ice Arena.

= The Bulldogs have won 12 consecutive games, outscoring opponents 54-16 during that stretch.

= Adrian has captured the last four Peters Cups and 10 regular-season conference crowns overall.

= Adrian special teams went 2-for-3 on the power play and scored two shorthanded goals in a game for the first time since Dec. 2, 2017, against Northland. 

= Thompson has played in 99 career games in a Black and Gold uniform.

UP NEXT
= Adrian wraps up the regular season at home on Saturday (3:05 p.m.) against Concordia-Wisconsin on Senior Day. VideoLive Stats l Get Tickets

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