Bulldogs Blast Northland 12-1

Shelby Gray
Shelby Gray

ASHLAND, Wis. – The Adrian College men's hockey squad poured it on Saturday afternoon with a 12-1 win over Northland College at the Bay Area Civic Center. Adrian improved to 2-0 overall and 2-0 in the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association by scoring 10-plus goals in a game for the first time since November 4, 2011. It was the 18th time that Adrian has scored double digits in school history and improved the Bulldogs to 96-4-2 all-time in MCHA regular season games. The Bulldogs are now also 14-0 against the LumberJacks.

Sophomore Shelby Gray notched his first career hat trick and also added an assist for a four-point day. The Inermay, Saskatchewan native set a new career-high for points and helped the Bulldogs get things going in a big way. Gray scored the third, fifth and 10th goals for Adrian including one in each period.

Freshman Shaquille Merasty scored two more goals this afternoon giving him four in two games. Merasty scored two of Adrian's power play goals with the first at 12:50 of the opening frame and the second at 12:22 of the final period. Merasty finished with four shots on net and a plus-1 rating.

Senior Andrew Dovey scored his first goal of the new season to tie the game at 1-1 after Northland's Kraig Wright gave his team a brief lead. Dovey's goal at 5:35 was short-handed and unassisted.

Sophomore Josh Ranalli finished with two goals (2, 3) and one assist while completing the two-game series with seven points (3 G, 4 A) and a plus-5 rating. Ranalli scored twice in the second period- on the power play at 11:27 and again at 16:01 at even strength.

Sophomore Ryan Lowe scored for the second day in a row at 3:25 of the third at even strength. Junior Zach Wilson scored the 11th Adrian goal at 9:03 of the third for his first of the new campaign. Sophomore Ryan Gieseler and senior Zach Graham also scored during the rout for AC.

Adrian totaled 49 shots on net compared to 13 for Northland including a 27-1 margin in the second. The Bulldogs were 4-of-8 with 10 shots on net during the man advantage compared to 0-of-2 with one shot for the home team. Sophomore James Hamby made 12 saves improving to 1-0 this season for AC.

Adrian now looks ahead to a two-game set at Arrington Ice Arena next weekend (Nov. 9-10) against rival Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE). The Raiders ended Adrian's run of four straight MCHA Harris Cups a year ago. MSOE (3-1) lost 4-3 at Finlandia this afternoon in other MCHA action.

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