Nationally-Ranked Men's Hockey Roars Past Lions, 5-1

Braden Hellems' goal 25 seconds into the third period gave the Bulldogs a 4-0 lead, eventually winning 5-1 over Finlandia Friday. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Braden Hellems' goal 25 seconds into the third period gave the Bulldogs a 4-0 lead, eventually winning 5-1 over Finlandia Friday. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

ADRIAN, Mich.--The nationally-ranked Adrian College men's hockey team scored three goals on the power play en route to a convincing 5-1 victory Friday over visiting Finlandia in a Northern Collegiate Hockey Association game.

THE BASICS
= Final Score: Adrian College 5, Finlandia University 1

= Location: Arrington Ice Arena; Adrian, Mich.

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs 4-1 overall (2-1 NCHA South Division), Finlandia Lions 2-1-1 overall (1-1-1 NCHA North Division)

National Rankings: Adrian--#4 United States College Hockey Online (USCHO.com) (254 points, 2 first-place votes) and #4 D3hockey (259, 4) polls

TOP 'DAWGS
= Freshman Michael Montambault had his first career multi-point game as a Bulldog with a goal and an assist. He also finished 6-for-10 in the face-off circle.

= Senior captain Cory Dunn also posted a goal and an assist from his defensive position, while classmate Connor Armour made two assists.

= Armour led the way on face-offs, winning 16 of 22 draws.

THE OPPOSITION
= Cale Markham scored the Lions' lone goal on an assist from Cade Warner.

= Vinny Mastrandrea was efficient in the face-off circle, 7-for-9.

= Marcus Gloss had 42 saves.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Junior Matt McNair, senior blueliner Braden Hellems and Montambault scored power play goals for Adrian, which led wire-to-wire in building a 4-0 cushion in the third period.

= Dunn scored just 91 seconds after the opening face-off and the Bulldogs never looked back.

= About five minutes later, McNair scored what proved to be the game-winning goal on assists from junior Vincent Paquette and senior Bryan Yim

= Markham spoiled senior goalie Kevin Entmaa's shutout bid, shorthanded, with 12:25 left in the third period, but Montambault restored the four-goal lead 24 seconds later on assists from fellow freshmen Brandon Marinelli and Trevor Coykendall.

= Adrian outshot Finlandia 47 to 12, including 22-1 in the first period alone.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Adrian holds a commanding 23-1 lead in the all-time series, including 12-0 at home against the Lions.

UP NEXT
= Adrian continues a season-long five-game homestand Saturday (4:05 p.m.) versus defending NCAA champion St. Norbert. Get tickets

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