FOND DU LAC, Wis. – Junior Jeremy Olinyk scored the game-winning goal with 6 minutes and 45 seconds remaining, and freshman goalie Kevin Entmaa made a career-high 32 saves, to lift nationally-ranked Adrian College to a 3-2 comeback win over Marian University (Wis.) in a Northern Collegiate Hockey Association South men's game on Saturday at Blue Line Family Ice Center.
The Bulldogs (No. 5 USCHO, No. 6 D3hockey) improve to 4-1-1 overall and in the NCHA, while the Sabres drop to 2-3-1 on the season and in the conference.
Trailing 2-1 entering the third period, Adrian got the game-tying goal 3:41 gone on freshman Trevor Boyd's second goal of the evening and fourth of the season on an assist from classmate Chase Matson. It was Matson's first career collegiate point. Then almost 10 minutes later, Olinyk took a feed from sophomore Blake Butzow to beat Mike Gudmandson (21 saves) for the go-ahead goal. Freshman Connor Armour also assisted on the play.
The Sabres scored the only tally of the second period as Derek Thorogood converted on the power-play with 2 minutes left. Warren Carter and Hunter Stewart were credited with the assists. Marian led 2-1 after 40 minutes.
Boyd gave Adrian a 1-0 advantage with a power-play goal at the 15:04 mark of the first period before Thorogood got the equalizer just 23 seconds later.
Marian outshot Adrian 34 to 24 for the contest, but Entmaa was equal to the task as he posted a season-high for saves by all Bulldog goaltenders.
Gudmandson was pulled in favor of an extra attacker for the final 2:08, but the Sabres couldn't tie the score to force overtime.
Adrian is idle next weekend before playing the USA Under-18 team for an exhibition on Wednesday, Nov. 25. The opening puckdrop of the pre-Thanksgiving holiday game will be 7 p.m. at the USA Hockey Arena (formerly Compuware Arena) in Plymouth.
(Story by Patrick Stewart ; Photo courtesy of John Hoy)