Taylor McCloy Pots Pair of Goals to Lead Men's Hockey in NCHA Harris Cup Opener

Dino Balsamo, center, celebrates a goal with teammates during Adrian's 3-2 win over MSOE Friday. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Dino Balsamo, center, celebrates a goal with teammates during Adrian's 3-2 win over MSOE Friday. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

ADRIAN, Mich.--Senior assistant captain Taylor McCloy scored twice to lead the top-ranked Adrian College men's hockey team to a 3-2 win over MSOE in game one of their 2018 Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Harris Cup quarterfinal series on Friday evening.

THE BASICS
= Final Score: Adrian College 3, No. 4 NCHA-South Seed Milwaukee School of Engineering 2

= Location: Arrington Ice Arena; Adrian, Mich.

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs 22-4 overall (No. 1 NCHA-South Seed); Milwaukee School of Engineering Raiders 11-13-2 overall (No. 4 NCHA-South Seed)

= National Rankings: Adrian--#1 USCHO.com (297 points, 17 first-place votes) and #1 D3hockey.com (297, 18) polls

TOP 'DAWGS
= McCloy made good on both of his shots on goal, went 2-for-3 on face-offs and had a plus-1. 

= Sophomore Dino Balsamo scored Adrian's other goal. He also won nine of 16 face-off attempts.

= Senior Kyle Brothers chipped in two assists.

= Junior Bryan Yim matched Balsamo on face-offs (9-for-16) and contributed an assist.

= Senior captain Mathew Thompson led the Bulldogs with 10 face-off wins in 18 draws.

= Junior defenseman Braden Hellems led all skaters with six shots on goal.

= Classmate Kevin Entmaa turned aside 22 of 24 shots he faced to improve to 14-2 on the season--tying his career high for victories. 

THE OPPOSITION
= Garrett Gintoli had a goal for MSOE and went 7-for-15 on face-offs.

= James Ring led all student-athletes in the face-off dot with 14 wins and 27 attempts.

= Jerad Tafoya also scored for the Raiders, earning Third Star of the Game.

= Goalie Zach Woodman (L, 8-11-1) made 30 saves to keep MSOE within reach.  

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Adrian outshot MSOE 33 to 24 and scored a goal in each period.

= Garrett Gintoli opened the scoring for MSOE 5 minutes gone in the game on assists from Stian Owens and Brady Chin.

= But Adrian tied it 4 minutes and 25 seconds later off the stick of Balsamo, who received a deflected pass from sophomore Ryan Cusin at his offensive blueline and skated in on Woodman for his eighth of the season.

= McCloy scored the first of his two goals in the game on the power play early in the second period, giving the Bulldogs the lead for good.

= The teams traded tallies in the third period. McCloy scored an insurance goal at 4:44 when he went top shelf from the slot. Tafoya made things interesting by bringing MSOE within one on the power play at the 8:08 mark.

= With Adrian holding on to a 3-2 lead, MSOE pulled the goaltender for an extra attacker with 48 seconds left in the game. Entmaa stopped Ring from the right wing to preserve the win, and the AC defense didn't allow any other shots on goal.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= MSOE falls to 21-21 all-time in 18 conference tournament appearances.

= The Bulldogs improve to 34-5-2 lifetime against the Raiders, including 19-3-2 at home.

= Adrian's 14-game winning streak is the longest for the program since the 2010-11 squad also won 14-straight from Jan. 21 to Mar. 25. The Bulldogs have the longest current win streak in all of NCAA hockey, men's or women's, all Divisions.

= The contest was delayed for four minutes beginning with the 17:12 of the opening period when referee Paul Rigby went down with an injury. He did not return. Linesman Brandon Mills donned the orange arm-banned referee's shirt and the teams played the rest of the way under a two-referee, one-linesman system. 

= McCloy has 99 career points on 44 goals and 55 assists in 95 games played. 

UP NEXT
= Game 2 between Adrian and MSOE is set for 3:05 p.m. Saturday. If MSOE wins tomorrow, the teams will play a mini-game (20-minute period) until there's a winner to determine who advances to the NCHA Semifinals. Ticket information here.