@ACBulldogHockey Finishes Strong to Sweep Past MSOE into NCHA Harris Cup Semifinals

Senior Taylor McCloy scored five goals during Adrian's NCHA Quarterfinals sweep of visiting MSOE this weekend. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Senior Taylor McCloy scored five goals during Adrian's NCHA Quarterfinals sweep of visiting MSOE this weekend. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

ADRIAN, Mich.--Senior assistant captain Taylor McCloy's prolific scoring touch continued Saturday afternoon as registered a hat trick to help top-ranked Adrian College double up MSOE, 6-3, in game two of their 2018 Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Harris Cup quarterfinal series. As a result of the sweep of the visiting Raiders, Adrian advances to the NCHA Semifinals next Saturday against South Division third-seeded Lake Forest (which beat Concordia-Wisconsin in their series, 1-0-1).

THE BASICS
= Final Score: Adrian College 6, Milwaukee School of Engineering 3

= Location: Arrington Ice Arena; Adrian, Mich.

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs 23-4 overall (No. 1 NCHA-South Seed); Milwaukee School of Engineering Raiders 11-14-2 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
= Senior Kyle Brothers matched McCloy with three points on a goal and two assists.

= Four other Bulldogs had a multi-point afternoon: senior captain Mathew Thompson (2 assists), junior Cory Dunn (2 assists), sophomore Dino Balsamo (2 assists) and junior Trevor Boyd (1 goal, 1 assist).

= Sophomore Ryan Cusin also scored for the Bulldogs.

= Goalie Kevin Entmaa made 26 saves to set a career-high with 15 victories in a season (15-2).

THE OPPOSITION
= Garrett Gintoli and Will Gauthier led MSOE with a goal and assist apiece.

= James Ring won 12 of 27 face-offs and had a goal.

= Brett Wagner led the team with five shots on goal.   

= Zach Woodman had 41 stops.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Adrian outshot MSOE 47 to 29 on the afternoon, including 18-7 in the decisive third period when the Bulldogs scored four of the game's final five goals.

= The Bulldogs once again controlled the face-off circle: senior Chase Matson (10-13), Thompson (11-16), Balsamo (11-17) and junior Bryan Yim (10-21). As a team, AC won 46 of 73 face-off attempts.

= Adrian scored four goals in the third period to blow open a 2-2 tie after 40 minutes. McCloy's second goal of the afternoon 5 minutes and 27 seconds into the third put the Bulldogs in the lead for good.

= Ring had tied it 3-3 at the 4:50 mark, or 37 seconds before McCloy's second marker.

= Adrian got insurance goals from McCloy at 14:45 and Brothers on an empty-net at 18:20.

= Adrian never trailed in a game that MSOE tied 1-1, 2-2 and 3-3.

= Cusin's goal with 53 seconds left in the opening stanza broke a scoreless tie.

= Both power-play units combined for 3-for-9, with MSOE scoring twice with the man-advantage.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= MSOE falls to 21-22 all-time in 18 conference tournament appearances.

= The Bulldogs improve to 35-5-2 lifetime against the Raiders, including 20-3-2 at home. Adrian beat MSOE four times this season.

= Adrian won Game 1 of the NCHA Quarterfinals over MSOE on Friday, 3-2.

= Adrian's 15-game winning streak is the third-longest in program history (36 from Nov. 2, 2008-Dec. 5, 2009 and 20 from Nov. 2, 2008-Dec. 5, 2009). The Bulldogs have the longest current win streak in all of NCAA hockey, men's or women's, all Divisions--equaling the longest in Division III in 13 seasons as UMASS-Dartmouth won 15 in a row from Jan. 5-March 2, 2005.

= McCloy joined the 100-point club in Adrian men's hockey history with his first goal of the day at 3:01 of the third period, giving the 'Dogs a 3-2 lead at the time. He becomes the 14th Bulldog to reach that milestone and joins Thompson (59+64=123, 102 GP) as the second this season. McCloy has career scoring totals of 47+55=102 in 96 contests.

= Thompson tied Quinn Waller (15g 108a from 2007-10) for 11th place on the program's all-time point-scoring list. 

= With four points versus MSOE in a span of eight days, Dunn now ranks No. 3 on the AC all-time defenseman scoring list with 95 career points (18+77). He recently surpassed Jeremy Klaver (24+68=92, 113).

= The Bulldogs are 27-3 all-time in the conference playoffs.

UP NEXT
= Adrian will host one of the NCHA Semifinals against Lake Forest next Saturday, starting at 2 p.m. Tickets will be available online here.