No. 7 Bulldogs double Division I Chargers, 4-2

Ciotti nets game winner on the power play
Ciotti nets game winner on the power play

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Adrian men's hockey team (11-1) traveled south to face NCAA Division I University of Alabama-Huntsville (3-17-1), and came away with a 4-2 win. It was UAH's second loss of the season at home at the Von Braun Center in front of a 1,000-plus spectators.

Perhaps the Chargers were looking for some relief after facing Division I No. 1-ranked Boston College less than a week ago (5-2 loss), but the Division III No. 7 Bulldogs were looking to make a statement in a rare matchup between interdivision teams.

After clicking for six power-play goals last weekend, Adrian's potent power play proved to be the difference, as the Bulldogs notched two more- including the game winner. Adrian would be a perfect 2-for-2 on the power play, while thwarting three Charger extra-man opportunities.

The Bulldogs would score first and never relinquish the lead.

After a scoreless first period, Andrew Dovey scored a power-play goal midway through the second period. Shaquille Merasty and James Hamby earned assists on Dovey's first tally of the season.

It would take the Chargers just two-and-a-half minutes to tie the game at 1, but about a minute after that Kevin Balas would net his fourth goal of the season from Zach Wilson and Kyle Gallinger  to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead. UAH would respond 52 seconds later to tie the contest at 2 apiece. 

Lukas Ciotti would score a late power-play goal with less than two minutes left in the second to put Adrian up 3-2. Sam Nyberg and Merasty would earn an assists on Ciotti's fifth of the year.

That goal would hold up as the eventual game winner.

Merasty would factor in on both Bulldog power-play goals and lead the team with a pair of helpers on the night.

The third period would go scoreless until Dustin Hebebrand would score an empty-netter to seal the win with just 10 seconds left in the contest.

The Bulldogs outshot the Chargers, 23-20.

Adrian goaltender James Hamby would finish with 18 saves on the night. The undefeated netminder (7-0) would also pick up an assist on the Bulldogs first goal.

The team returns home for a Tuesday matchup against Geneseo State at 7 p.m.

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