ADRIAN, Mich.--With their backs against the proverbial wall, the nationally-ranked Adrian College Bulldogs men's hockey team dug deep and struck often in the early going to whip visiting MSOE, 7-1, to equal their Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Harris Cup Quarterfinals series on Saturday at one-game apiece and then eliminated the Raiders in the mini-game, 2-0, to advance to the tournament semifinals next weekend.
= Final Score: Adrian College 7, Milwaukee School of Engineering 1 (Bulldogs also win mini-game, 2-0, to win the series)
= Location: Arrington Ice Arena; Adrian, Mich.
= Records: No. 1 NCHA-South seed Adrian Bulldogs 19-7-1 overall; No. 4 NCHA-South seed MSOE Raiders 10-13-4 overall
= National Rankings: Adrian--#8 in United States College Hockey Online (172 points) and #8 in D3hockey.com (166) polls; No. 7 in NCAA PairWise
= Senior team captain Cory Dunn recorded a career-high-tying four assists.
= Junior Dino Balsamo scored a pair of goals and added an assist. He also went 7-for-12 in the face-off dot.
= Classmate Joey Colatarci notched two assists from his defensive position.
= Senior Connor Armour led all players with 11 face-off victories.
= Senior goalie Kevin Entmaa (15-5-1) made 12 stops.
= Nick Redmon tallied MSOE's lone goal late in the game.
= David Marabella was credited with an assist on the play.
= Adam Czarnecki led the team in face-off efficiency at 6-for-10 while Marabella had a MSOE-best eight face-offs wins.
= Rock Boynton (L, 10-10-3) took the loss while making eight saves on 12 shots and Harry Vangellow played the final 40 minutes with 16 saves on 19 shots faced.
HOW IT HAPPENED
= In the decisive 20-minute mini-game, Dunn broke a scoreless tie with 3 minutes and 24 seconds remaining and senior Trevor Boyd added some insurance with an empty-net goal.
= But to get to that point, Adrian jumped on MSOE in the regulation game by scoring four goals--junior Bryce Van Horn, Hellems and Balsamo twice--in a span of almost 13 minutes to take a commanding 4-0 lead after the first period.
= The Bulldogs added to their offensive outburst with three goals in the second period: Bottrell at 2:06, Marinelli at 6:43 and senior Bryan Yim at 13:02.
= Adrian held a huge 31 to 13 shots on goal advantage, including a 12-4 margin in the important first period.
= The Bulldogs were 2-for-6 on the power play while the penalty kill unit was successful in all three MSOE man-advantage chances.
= Redmon spoiled Entmaa's shutout bid with 10 seconds remaining in the contest.
= Adrian killed off a 5-on-3 MSOE power play for 64 seconds in the first period when Entmaa made five saves, maintaining Adrian's 1-0 lead at the time.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Per NCAA rules, all statistics in the mini-game do not count toward the teams' statistics or records.
= Dunn surpassed Sam Kuzyk (59g 67a=126p from 2007-10) for 11th place on the Adrian all-time scoring chart with 23+104=127 totals. Dunn also now stands fifth on the Bulldogs career assists list.
= Hellems now has eight power play goals in a season--10th in an AC single season.
= Adrian will host NCHA South No. 2 seed Lake Forest--which beat Aurora 4-2, lost 5-1 and won 2-1 in an OT mini-game--on Saturday. Game time and ticket information to be announced later.
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|Goals by Period||1st||Total|
|#||Prd||Time||Team||Type||Scored by||Assists||Visitor on ice||Home on ice|
|1.||1st||16:36||ADRIAN-M||EVEN||Cory Dunn||Rex Moe||44,21,19,8,41|
|2.||1st||19:12||ADRIAN-M||EN||Trevor Boyd||Bryan Yim||9,40,22,19,44|