ADRIAN, Mich. – The second-ranked men's hockey team had to climb out of a hole for the second straight day on Saturday against Lawrence University in a 5-3 win over the Vikings at Arrington Ice Arena. Last evening, Adrian fell behind 2-0 and scored two late third period goals to force a 2-2 tie. On Saturday, the Lawrence power play once again put them ahead in the first period. Each team killed off a penalty in the first 5:39 and then Brent Sauve was hit with a five-minute major for boarding and a game misconduct at the 7:13 mark. LU scored twice at 9:16 and 10:29 as the same lineup of Ryan Rumble, Paul Zuke and Gustav Lindgren put the Vikings up 2-0. Rumble increased his season goal total to five with the pair of power play goals.
Lawrence added to their lead at 14:44 on an unassisted goal by Zuke who finished the period with three points. He took the puck just outside the blue line on the left wing on a breakaway and went five-hole for his third goal of the season. The Vikings outshot Adrian, 11-9, in the first and finished 2-for-4 on the power play with nine shots on net. Adrian went 0-for-2 with seven shots on goal in the period.
Adrian responded quickly out of the locker room just 30 seconds into the second period. Josh Cousineau scored his sixth of the season from Chris Leone and Justin Basso. Cousineau shot from the right circle and the puck seemed to flutter into the goal to cut the deficit to 3-1. Josh Ranalli snapped an eight-game goal less draught at 15:43 for his 17th tally of the season from Cousineau and Basso. Ranalli worked behind the cage and slipped to the left post taking a pass from Cousineau to cut the lead to 3-2.
The Bulldogs entered the third period and scored at 1:07 to tie things at 3-3. Ryan Lowe notched his fourth of the season from Brett Pinkerton and Duston Hebebrand as he gathered a rebound that bounced off the boards. Hebebrand scored what appeared to be the game-winning goal minutes later, but the goal was disallowed because the whistle had blown to stop the play. Hebebrand would not be denied at 16:10 however as his 15th goal of the season on the power play proved to be the winner. The Bulldogs scored on their eighth chance of the game with goaltender Scott Shackell and Ryan Gieseler getting assists. Hebebrand carried through the neutral zone and glided to the front of the net before pushing the puck under goaltender Mattias Soderqvist. Hebebrand then added an empty-netter at 19:47 from center ice with assists from Lowe and Gieseler after Lawrence pulled Soderqvist with 42 seconds left.
Adrian held a 34-23 edge in shots on goal for the game and 65 penalty minutes were served in all. Shackell improved to 9-0-1 making 20 saves. Hebebrand saved his best for the third period this weekend with four goals. His three points were one shy of his career high and his 10 shots on goal today bested his previous high of five. Adrian moved to 18-1-4 overall and 12-1-3 in NCHA action. The Bulldogs needed help from St. Scholastica today trailing St. Norbert by one point entering play for first place. The Saints took the Green Knights to overtime, but fell 2-1. There are two regular season games remaining for both teams as the Bulldogs host Lake Forest next weekend and St. Norbert entertains Northland.