Furious Third Period Rally Lifts Bulldogs Past CUW Falcons, 5-3

Trevor Boyd looks up ice. (Action photo by John Hoy)
Trevor Boyd looks up ice. (Action photo by John Hoy)

MEQUON, Wis.--The Adrian College men's hockey team erupted for five goals in the third period to rally for a 5-3 victory Friday against Concordia-Wisconsin in Northern Collegiate Hockey Association action, highlighted by Trevor Boyd's go-ahead goal that broke a 3-3 deadlock with 2 minutes and 4 seconds left.

THE BASICS
= Final Score: Adrian College 5, Concordia University Wisconsin 3

= Location: South Rink at the Ozaukee Ice Center; Mequon, Wis.

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs 17-6-1 overall (12-4-1 NCHA South Division), CUW Falcons 7-14-3 overall (5-10-2 NCHA South Division) 

= National Rankings: Adrian--#9 in United States College Hockey Online and #9 in D3hockey.com polls

TOP 'DAWGS
= Junior Bryce Van Horn had two goals.

= Classmate Dino Balsamo led Adrian in the face-off circle at 12-for-21.

= Reigning NCHA Defensive Player of the Week and D3hockey Team of the Week member senior Braden Hellems had a goal and assist.

= Senior netminder Kevin Entmaa (13-4-1) made 13 stops.

= Classmate Bryan Yim chipped in two assists and was 8-for-16 on face-offs.

= Boyd also had a multi-point game after being credited with an assist.

THE OPPOSITION
= Taylor Gauld had a goal and an assist.

= Goalie Bo Didur (L, 5-9-2) made 39 saves on 43 shots faced.

= Stefen Seel (8-for-14) and Adam Fauchoux (7-for-13) led the way in the face-off dot.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= CUW built a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Gauld at the 1:42 mark and Connor Hogg at 16:03.

= After the teams skated to a scoreless second period, Adrian got back in it in the third with a pair of goals 1:55 by Van Horn to tie the score 2-2 by the 4:23 mark.

= Just 1:14 later, Nick Guiney restored CUW's lead to 3-2 on assists from Gauld and Braydon Barker. Entmaa attempted to poke-check the puck away from his crease where Guiney pounced on it and gave the Falcons their last lead of the night.

= The Bulldogs, however, tied it up again 3-3 at 11:04 while on the power play. Yim found Hellems all alone in the high slot between the face-off circles where he rifled a shot past Didur.

= Boyd gave Adrian its first lead, 4-3, tapped in a pass from the right side by senior Connor Armour at the top of the goalie crease.

= Balsamo scored an empty-net goal for insurance with Adrian on the power play, sealing the victory with eight seconds remaining.

= Adrian outshot the Falcons 44 to 16, including a 13-3 margin in the decisive final stanza. 

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Adrian completes the season sweep of CUW, winning by an identical 5-3 score in Adrian on Jan. 19.

= The Bulldogs have never lost to the Falcons in 40 meetings (40-0-0). Adrian is 18-0 lifetime on CUW home-ice.

= Boyd ties Josh Cousineau (36G, 79A from 2010-13) for 14th place on the school's all-time point-scoring list with 115. 

= Armour enters the Adrian Top-15 for career assists with 66, tying Josh Ranalli (2011-14).

= Hellems leads the Bulldogs with seven power play goals on the season and has set a personal record with 22 points on nine goals and 13 assists (he had 5+16=21 as a junior in 2017-18). 

UP NEXT
= Adrian will close out the regular season at 6 p.m. Saturday at Milwaukee School of Engineering in the NCHA finale.

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