Defense Contributes to Offense in 3-1 Win over Concordia

Defense Contributes to Offense in 3-1 Win over Concordia

ADRIAN, Mich. – The depth on the men's hockey team was evident on Saturday as two defensemen found the back of the net in a 3-1 win over Concordia (Wis.) in front of yet another sellout at Arrington Ice Arena. After a scoreless first period, junior Ryan Gieseler gave Adrian a 1-0 lead at 12:47 of the second period on the power play. Gieseler used a screen in front of the net by freshman Austin Hervey and shot from the point into the top right corner for his second of the season. Junior Justin Basso and junior Duston Hebebrand each had an assist on the goal.

Concordia stayed in the game thanks to Adrian penalties and capitalized at 8:17 of the third period to tie the game at 1-1. Riley Storzuk scored his first of the season on the power play with assists from Brett Penner and Jordan Thomas. The Falcons put a shot on net and Storzuk found the puck at his feet and fired into a wide open net. Junior Micki Mihailovich scored the game-winner at 12:05 for his first career goal. The Bulldogs put great pressure in their offensive zone and after a frantic scramble it was Mihailovich with a slapshot from the right wing through a screen to give Adrian a 2-1 advantage.

Hebebrand's fourth goal of the season at 17:25 sealed the win. He skated into the zone and fired above the right circle with a wrister into the top right corner with assists from junior Ryan Lowe and freshman Michael Hoy. Both teams were 1-for-4 on the power play as Adrian has now killed 23-of-25 penalties this season. They are also now 10-of-35 on the man advantage with at least one power play goal in five of six games this season. The Bulldogs improved to 24-0 against the Falcons with a 13-0 home record. The three goals scored ties for the fewest scored in the series by Adrian. The Falcons have scored one goal or fewer in 12 games during the series. Adrian outshot Concordia, 34-19, as junior James Hamby stopped 18 shots improving to 5-0.

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