ADRIAN, Mich.--Logan Cockerill scored a hat-trick and added an assist, and the U.S. Under-18s went 4-for-7 on the power play, to earn a come-from-behind 8-3 exhibition victory over host Adrian College on Saturday.
= Location: Weston Rink at Arrington Ice Arena; Adrian, Mich.
= Records: Team USA U-18 8-12-2 (2-6-1 vs NCAA)
= National Rankings: Adrian #2 D3hockey.com/#3 USCHO.com
= Sophomore Trevor Boyd led the Bulldogs with a goal and an assist.
= Classmate Connor Armour chipped in two assists.
= Cockerill finished with four points to lead all scorers.
= Graham Slaggert and Evan Barratt each had two assists.
= Goalie Adam Scheel got the win after making 25 saves.
HOW IT HAPPENED
= Things started well enough for the Bulldogs, who jumped out to a 2-0 advantage with 11 minutes and 53 seconds left in the opening period. Boyd took a feed from Armour and beat Scheel 2:27 in, and Boyd this time passed to Paquette who gave Adrian a two-goal lead at 8:07.
= The US U-18s got on the scoreboard 2:17 after Paquette's goal with Cockerill's first of three on the night. Then 63 seconds later, Grant Mismash made it 2-2 to wrap up the first period scoring.
= In the second, the visitors scored three goals--Cockerill, Randy Hernandez and Brady Tkachuk--in a 4:26 span to forge a 5-2 lead they wouldn't relinquish.
= The visitors, however, got a PP marker back to restore the three-goal advantage as David Farrance scored with 1:23 to go in the middle stanza.
= Team USA held a slim 32-28 edge in shots on goal.
= In the third period, Adrian had a golden opportunity to further put a dent into the deficit when Tyler Inamoto was whistled for a five-minute major penalty for kneeing. But the Bulldogs--one of the best power-play units in the NCAA Division III--were unable to capitalize.
= The U18s were able to ice the win by scoring two goals late before the final horn.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= The USA Hockey National Team Development Program was started in 1996 by USA Hockey as a way to identify elite ice hockey players in the country under the age of 18, and centralize their training. It includes Under-18 and Under-17 teams.
= Per NCAA rules, results and statistics from this game do not count on Adrian's historical record.
= The NTDP U-18 team won its fourth in a row in the series to a take a 5-3 all-time lead against Adrian.
= The 11 goals combined matches the most since the Bulldogs prevailed 6-5 in overtime in their first-ever meeting on Jan. 22, 2008.
= Fifty-nine alumni dotted National Hockey League rosters on opening day this fall. All but three of the current NTDP members have verbally committed to Division I programs.
= Adrian concludes its five-game homestand during Thanksgiving weekend against Wisconsin-Stevens Point (Saturday, Nov. 26 at 7:05 p.m.) and St. Thomas-Minn. (Sunday, Nov. 27 at 2:05 p.m.). The Bulldogs are officially 2-0 on the season-long stretch of home dates.
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(Editor's note: Photo by Mike Dickie.)