Freshman Dino Balsamo Scores in @ACBulldogHockey Debut; Trinity (Conn.) Escapes with 2-1 Win

Freshman transfer Dino Balsamo (Sterling Heights, Mich. / Aston Rebels, NAHL/Bentley University) made his presence in the Adrian lineup known right away, scoring a goal in his first game for the Bulldogs.
Freshman transfer Dino Balsamo (Sterling Heights, Mich. / Aston Rebels, NAHL/Bentley University) made his presence in the Adrian lineup known right away, scoring a goal in his first game for the Bulldogs.

ADRIAN, Mich.--Anthony Sabitsky scored the go-ahead goal in the first period and the visiting Trinity (Conn.) College men's hockey team hung on for a 2-1 non-conference victory over Adrian College in a battle of nationally-ranked foes on Saturday afternoon.

THE BASICS
= Final Score: Trinity-Conn. 2, Adrian 1 Box / Text / Sheet

= Location: Weston Rink at Arrington Ice Arena; Adrian, Mich.

= Records: Trinity Bantams 6-3-1, Adrian Bulldogs 8-3-2

= National Rankings: Adrian #4 D3hockey.com/#4 USCHO.com ; Trinity-Conn. #13 D3hockey.com/"receiving votes" USCHO.com

FOR ADRIAN
= Sophomore goalie Kevin Entmaa stopped 19 of 21 shots he faced.

= Freshman transfer Dino Balsamo scored in his Adrian debut, after playing the fall semester at NCAA Division I Bentley University based in Waltham, Mass. 

= Sophomore Bryan Yim won 12 of 18 face-offs and led the team with four shots on goal.

= Classmate Cory Dunn also had four shots from his position on the blueline.

= Sophomore Chase Matson went 4-for-7 in the faceoff circle.

THE OPPOSITION
Alex Morin made 19 saves on 20 Adrian shots.

Ethan Holdaway and Sabitsky scored for the Bantams.

= Brandon Cole, Ryan Cole, Sean Orlando and Charlie Zuccarini all had an assist.

= In the face-off dot, Adam Anderson and Holdaway led the way with nine and seven wins, respectively, in 12 draws apiece.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Balsamo scored just 41 seconds after the opening face-off to stake the Bulldogs to a 1-0 lead. He came down the right wing and backhanded a shot by Morin from close range.

= All of the scoring occurred in the first period as Trinity scored back-to-back goals just 54 seconds apart. Holdaway shot a wrister coming in on the right wing at the 4:36 mark and Sabitsky had a tap-in near the left post at 5:30 for the eventual game-winning goal.

= Adrian pulled Entmaa with 51 seconds remaining in regulation in favor of an extra attacker, but despite some good looks could not get a shot on goal and potentially force overtime.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Balsamo, who moves back closer to home in Sterling Heights, scored two goals and an assist in nine games with the Atlantic Hockey-affiliated Falcons.

= Trinity leads the all-time series 2-0, defeating the Bulldogs 5-3 in the 2015 NCAA Division III Semifinals held in Minneapolis, Minn.

= Adrian lost for just the 16th time at Arrington, compiling a 120-16-7 lifetime record on home-ice for a staggering .865 winning percentage.

= The last time the Bulldogs had fallen to a non-conference opponent during the regular-season was on Nov. 30, 2014, to Neumann.

= The teams combined to go 0-for-13 on the power-play.

UP NEXT
= Adrian resumes Northern Collegiate Hockey Association play next weekend when the Bulldogs host Aurora University at 7:05 p.m. Friday and 3:05 Saturday. Tickets / Friday Multimedia: Video  |  Live stats ; Saturday Multimedia: Video  |  Live stats

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