Senior Assistant Captain Taylor McCloy Leads @acbulldoghockey to Season-Opening 5-1 Road Win

Senior forward Taylor McCloy (#93) scored two goals in Adrian's season debut on Friday, a 5-1 win at Lawrence. (Action photo by Patrick Stewart)
Senior forward Taylor McCloy (#93) scored two goals in Adrian's season debut on Friday, a 5-1 win at Lawrence. (Action photo by Patrick Stewart)

APPLETON, Wis.--The Adrian College men's hockey team scored three goals in the second period to cruise to a 5-1 victory Friday evening at Lawrence in the 2017-18 season opener for both Northern Collegiate Hockey Association squads. More details to come later...

THE BASICS
= Final Score: Adrian College 5, Lawrence University 1 

= Location: Appleton Family Ice Center; Appleton, Wis.

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs 1-0 (1-0 NCHA South Division), Lawrence Vikings 0-1 (0-1 NCHA North Division)

= National Rankings: Adrian--#1 D3hockey.com, #2 in US College Hockey Online (USCHO.com) polls

TOP 'DAWGS
= Senior assistant captain Taylor McCloy scored twice, including a power play goal in the second.

= Two-time All-America defenseman Cory Dunn began his junior campaign with a pair of assists.

= Senior left wing Kyle Brothers also enjoyed a multi-point night with two assists.

= Junior goalie Kevin Entmaa made 17 saves in net.

THE OPPOSITION
= Nick Felan scored the Vikings' lone goal.

= Jake Roeper and Mikkel Joehnk also found the scoresheet with an assist each.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Adrian took a 1-0 lead going into the second period when it scored three goals in a minute and 48 second span to take control 4-0 by the midway point. McCloy made it 2-0 on the power play at the 8:03 mark before senior right wing Austin Rust scored 48 seconds later on feeds from junior Cameron Cooper and sophomore Dino Balsamo. Then at the 9:51 mark into the stanza, junior transfer Nick Erb (Concordia University at Wisconsin) registered his first goal in his AC debut on assists from juniors Bryan Yim and Connor Armour.

= Senior captain Mathew Thompson staked the Bulldogs to a 1-0 lead on the power play with a goal in the final four seconds of the opening period. He was assisted by Dunn and sophomore Vincent Paquette.

= The Bulldogs went 2-for-6 with the man-advantage and their penalty killing unit went 3-for-3.

= Adrian was credited outshooting Lawrence by a 31 to 18 count.

= McCloy wrapped up the scoring with his second goal of the game on assists from Brothers and sophomore Matt McNair under two minutes remaining.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Adrian moves to 2-2 in season openers under Coach Adam Krug and 8-2-1 in the program's 11-year NCAA history.

= The Bulldogs have never lost to the Vikings in 24 all-time meetings (21-0-3), including a 9-0-2 road ledger.

= With a goal tonight, Thompson breaks an eighth-place tie with Mike Dahlinger (2007-10) on the AC career goal-scoring list with 46.

UP NEXT
= On Saturday, Adrian stays in the Badger State to square off against another NCHA opponent in Marian University at 5 p.m. (ET) in Fond du Lac. The Sabres Athletics Department is scheduled to have multimedia links including Video and LiveStats.

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