STEVENS POINT, Wis.—Host Wisconsin-Stevens Point scored four unanswered goals, including three in the second period, to earn a come-from-behind 6-4 non-conference win over Adrian College in a battle of top-5 ranked NCAA Division III men's hockey teams at K.B. Willett Arena on Friday evening.
The Pointers (No. 5 USCHO.com, No. 6 D3hockey.com) got goals from five different student-athletes, improving to 17-4-1 on the season after avenging a 3-2 loss in Adrian back on Nov. 28.
Sophomore Taylor McCloy led the top-ranked Bulldogs (17-3-1 overall) with three points on a goal and two assists, followed by classmate Mathew Thompson with a goal and an assist and junior Austin Hervey chipped in two assists.
Adrian jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by junior Brett Pinkerton 3 minutes and 3 seconds after the opening face-off and McCloy at the 13:03 mark.
But 2:53 later, Lawrence Cornellier cut UWSP's deficit in half to close the scoring in the period.
The Pointers struck quickly to begin the second as Jono Davis found the back of the net 26 seconds in to knot the score 2-2. Stevens Point added two more tallies for a 4-2 lead.
Thompson made it 4-3 with his team-leading 16th goal of the season at the 15:42 mark to wrap up the scoring in the second stanza.
In the third period, UWSP sandwiched two insurance goals around a Kyle Brothers goal – his 9th for the sophomore – to account for the final 6-4 margin.
Adrian freshman starter Kevin Entmaa returned in goal from an illness, but allowed an uncharacteristic four goals. Entmaa finished with 15 saves over 32:56 before sophomore Dillon Kelley came in relief while making seven saves in 24:17, losing his first decision in eight career games (4-1).
Max Milosek stopped 18 Bulldog shots to pick up the win.
The Bulldogs skated with an extra attacker for the final 2:47 to try to get two goals and tie the contest to force overtime, but couldn't get past the UWSP defense.
Both teams played physically as they combined for 14 penalties and 69 penalty-minutes, with the Pointers going 2-for-4 on the power-play while the Bulldogs were 0-for-5. Stevens Point outshot Adrian 28-22.
The six goals allowed are the most on the road under two-year coach Adam Krug '12, who is 41-7-4 at the helm.
Adrian returns home to the Arrington Ice Arena next Friday and Saturday to host Concordia-Wisconsin for a Northern Collegiate Hockey Association series. Friday's start time is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., and Saturday's is 3:05 p.m. after a pregame ceremony in recognition of Senior Day.