Adrian Club hockey takes first game at Division III Nationals

Russ Rizzo leads team with a pair of assists in 6-0 win
Russ Rizzo leads team with a pair of assists in 6-0 win

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The defending American Collegiate Hockey Association Division III champion Adrian College Gold team started its defense in becoming a two-time champion by shutting out Farmingdale State College, 6-0, Tuesday afternoon at Mediacom Ice Park.

The No. 3-ranked Bulldogs of the North Region bested the No. 2-ranked Rams of the Atlantic Region. The Rams are a State University of New York (SUNY) college located in Long Island, N.Y. in Nassau County.

Cole Kapovich's goal midway through the first period stood up as the game-winner. Nicholas Reuter would score the lone goal of the second period to give Adrian a 2-0 lead after two periods. The Bulldogs would add four more goals in the third, while Garrett Knappe would register the shutout with 30 saves.

In all, a dozen different Adrian players would factor in the score sheet with Russ Rizzo (2 assists), Edward Schaeffer (1 goal, 1 assist), and Reuter (2 goals) leading the way with multiple-point games.

Daniel Hudson and Josh Dollinger also scored for Adrian; while Colin Gilead, Myles Maltz, Doug Raymond, T.J. Lovell, Nicholas Hurite and Kyle Powell all registered assists in the win.

The Bulldogs enter the tournament as the only team to have a first-place vote in their respective region (North) despite not being ranked No. 1., according to the last ACHA poll. All three of the No. 1 seeds from the other three regions (South, Atlantic, Pacific) captured all nine of their respective region's first-place votes.

The nationals have the top teams from four regions- North, Atlantic, South, Pacific- compete in a four-pool playoff. Winners from pool A will face pool B's winners in one semifinal, while the winners from pools C and D will faceoff in the other semifinal with the semifinal winners meeting for the championship.

The Bulldogs are in Pool A with Farmingdale State, Colorado State and Mississippi. The remaining games for the Bulldogs before the semifinals start are tomorrow and Thursday. On Wednesday, Adrian will face the No. 1 Pacific Region team, Colorado State at 5:30 p.m. Thursday; the Bulldogs go against Mississippi- the No.7-ranked team from the South.

Mississppi defeated Colorado State, 2-1, later in the afternoon leaving Adrian and Mississippi as the front-runners to emerge from Pool A.

Score results can be found at the host college's (Missouri State) Web site at: