OSWEGO, N.Y.--The Adrian College men's hockey team started the New Year where it left off 2015...with another win.
The Bulldogs (No. 2 D3hockey, No. 4 USCHO) spotted Williams College a 1-0 lead in the first period, but scored four times in the second to whip the Ephs (No. 13 USCHO, No. 14 D3hockey), 4-1, in a game of nationally-ranked squads on Saturday to open the Pathfinder Bank Classic on the campus of SUNY Oswego.
Adrian, which is unbeaten in its last 10 starts to improve to 9-1-1 on the season, will play the host Lakers--an 8-1 winner over Castleton State in tonight's other action--at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Classic championship game.
Freshman goalie Kevin Entmaa (7-0) made 25 saves in the Adrian net, while his counterpart Noah Klag (2-2-1) stopped 31 shots.
Sam Gray took a feed from Luke Stickel to give Williams (5-3-1 overall) an early advantage just 3 minutes and 39 seconds after the opening faceoff. For Gray and Stickel, it was their first goal and assist of the 2015-16 campaign. Williams outshot 13-9 to take that one-goal lead into the first intermission.
The Bulldogs, however, turned the tables in the middle stanza by scoring four goals on 12 shots. Freshman Cameron Cooper tied it 1-all with his first career AC goal at the 2:33 mark on a pass from classmate Connor Armour. Then just 2:51 later, sophomore alternate captain Mathew Thompson put the Bulldogs in front for good at 5:24 with his seventh tally on the season, with assists credited to sophomore Taylor McCloy and junior Michael Hoy.
Later in the period, senior captain Adam Davies and freshman Bryan Yim scored insurance goals for the Bulldogs, who outshot the Ephs 35 to 26 for the game. Davies found the back of the net, unassisted, for his first of the season at 15:04, and Yim's power play marker--tying Thompson for the AC-goal lead with seven--came with 50 seconds remaining on assists by freshman Trevor Boyd and Armour.
Armour--with two assists--led seven other Bulldogs who tallied at least one point.
(Editor's note: This game recap was updated at 9:18 p.m. to include Sunday's match-up with Oswego and Lakers' 8-1 win)