MSOE Edges @ACBulldogHockey, 3-2, in Season Opener at Home

MSOE Edges @ACBulldogHockey, 3-2, in Season Opener at Home

ADRIAN, Mich.--Visiting Milwaukee School of Engineering scored two goals in the second period and then had to withstand a furious Adrian College rally in the late going, holding on for a 3-2 victory Friday evening in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association opener for both teams.

THE BASICS
= Final Score: MSOE 3, Adrian 2

= Location: Arrington Ice Arena, Adrian, Mich.

= Records: MSOE Raiders (1-0, 1-0 NCHA-North); Adrian Bulldogs (0-1, 0-1 NCHA-South)

= National Rankings: Adrian #3 D3hockey.com/#4 USCHO.com

FOR ADRIAN
= Sophomores Bryan Yim and Cory Dunn scored for the Bulldogs.

= Classmate Kevin Entmaa stopped 22 of 25 shots in goal.

= Four Bulldogs each were credited with an assist: sophomores Trevor Boyd, Connor Armour and junior alternate captains Blake Butzow, Taylor McCloy

THE OPPOSITION
= Gage Christianson led the Raiders with a pair of goals in the second period.

= Junior goalie Zach Woodman made 40 saves.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= With the teams tied 1-1 in the second period, Christianson scored the go-ahead goal 7 minutes and 41 seconds in and an insurance tally about 5 minutes later.

= Yim put Adrian in the lead at the 3:38 mark of the opening stanza, beating Woodman from the right face-off circle on a feed from Boyd.

= Zach Simpson tied it 1-all less than 2 minutes later on the first of two power-play goals for the Raiders, who had six extra-man opportunities.

= Woodman made 22 saves to help keep the game tied for MSOE after 20 minutes.

= After Dunn scored on the power-play in the third period to close within 3-2, the Bulldogs continued to mount pressure on the MSOE goal. Adrian, which outshot the Raiders 11-5 in final period, pulled Entmaa for an extra skater for the final 1:54 but couldn't get the equalizing goal. Adrian freshman Scott Clark hit the pipe with about 9 minutes remaining.

= Adrian outshot MSOE 42 to 25 for the night, including a 23-6 margin in the first period.

= MSOE scored two power-play markers while Adrian was 1-for-7 with the man-advantage.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Adrian College president Dr. Jeffrey R. Docking was honored with the ceremonial puckdrop before the opening face-off. It was Dr. Docking's vision that built one of the finest on-campus NCAA Division III ice arenas in the nation, seeing the Bulldogs' program rise to consistent prominence since their inception in 2007-08.

= MSOE defeated Adrian for only the fifth time in the 37-game series. Tonight marked the Raiders' first win in Adrian since the 2012 Harris Cup championship (4-3 in overtime)--a span of seven games.

= The Bulldogs are now 8-2 all-time in both season and home openers, including 2-1 under Coach Adam Krug '12.

UP NEXT
= The teams will meet here again at 3:05 p.m. Saturday to conclude their first series of 2016-17. Saturday, there will be a Halloween costume contest for children ages 16-and-under, with prizes awarded for the three best costumes. For details, please click here for more information.

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(Photos by Mike Dickie)