@ACBulldogHockey Fall to Visiting St. Norbert in Top-5 Battle of Nationally-Ranked Teams, 3-1

Action photo by Mike Dickie.
Action photo by Mike Dickie.

ADRIAN, Mich.--St. Norbert College scored once in each period en route to a hard-fought 3-1 victory over host Adrian College in a Northern Collegiate Hockey Association men's hockey game on Friday evening. 

= Final Score: St. Norbert 3, Adrian 1  Box / Text / Sheet

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

= Records: St. Norbert Green Knights 13-2-1 overall (9-1-1 NCHA-North); Adrian Bulldogs 12-4-2 overall (11-2 NCHA-South)

= National Rankings: St. Norbert #1 D3hockey.com, #1 USCHO.com ; Adrian #5 D3hockey.com, #7 USCHO.com

= Freshman transfer Dino Balsamo scored the lone goal for the Bulldogs while on the power-play.

= Sophomore goalie Kevin Entmaa made 23 saves.

= Classmate Bryan Yim won 10 of 17 face-offs.

Riley Christensen scored twice for the Green Knights.

Noah Nelson also had two points with a pair of assists.

= T.J. Black finished with 27 saves.

Jeremy Olinyk led St. Norbert in the face-off dot, winning 12 of 17 draws.

Roman Uchyn broke a 1-all tie midway through the second period to put SNC ahead for good and Christensen added an insurance tally with 4 minutes and 18 seconds left in the game.

= Balsamo got the Bulldogs on the scoreboard on the power play at the 8:10 mark of the first period. Freshman Vinny Post worked the puck down low and fed up to classmate Joey Colatarci at the blue line. After taking a pass from Colatarci, Balsamo skated to the left face-off circle where he wristed his fourth goal of the season past Black.

= Christensen scored his first goal of the night at 5:41 of the opening stanza.

= The Bulldogs pulled their goalie in the final minutes of the contest, trailing 3-1 at the time. But they were held to only one shot.

= Adrian held a 28-26 shots on goal advantage, including a 15-7 margin in the second period. But Black stopped all 15 shots he faced in those 20 minutes, preserving a 2-1 SNC lead.

= Entmaa stood tall in the first period to limit SNC to the only goal, stopping 13 of 14 shots.

= With the win, SNC evens the all-time series at six wins apiece.

= This mark St. Norbert's first win in five trips to Arrington.

= This was the first meeting since the Bulldogs won their second-straight NCHA Harris Cup championship over SNC, 4-1, at home back on March 5, 2016.

= The Green Knights are 113-21-8 all-time when ranked No. 1 in the USCHO.com poll.

= St. Norbert has won five games in a row while Adrian lost for the first time in five outings.

= These same two teams will conclude their weekend series at 3:05 p.m. Saturday. Video Live stats

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