Pointers Nip Bulldogs in Battle of Nationally-Ranked Men's Hockey Squads, 3-2

Connor Armour scored his first goal of the season at UW-Stevens Point Tuesday. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Connor Armour scored his first goal of the season at UW-Stevens Point Tuesday. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

STEVENS POINT, Wis.--Willem Nong-Lambert scored two goals, including the go-ahead tally on the power play in the third period, to lift host Wisconsin-Stevens Point to a 3-2 non-conference victory over Adrian College in a battle of NCAA Division III men's hockey powers on Tuesday evening. These same two teams will conclude their two-game series here tomorrow night at 8 o'clock Eastern Standard Time.

THE BASICS
= Final Score: University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point 3, Adrian College 2

= Location: KB Willett Ice Arena; Stevens Point, Wis.

= Records: Wisconsin-Stevens Point Pointers 9-3-2 overall; Adrian Bulldogs 8-2 overall

= National Rankings: Adrian--#2 D3hockey.com, #2 USCHO.com polls; UW-Stevens Point #8 USCHO, #9 D3hockey

TOP 'DAWGS
= Senior goaltender Dillon Kelley, who made 20 saves, loses for the first time in four decisions.

= Senior assistant captain Taylor McCloy and junior Connor Armour scored goals for Adrian, which outshot UWSP by a 36-23 count.

THE OPPOSITION
= Max Milosek stopped 34 shots in goal to improve to 6-3-2 on the season.

= Nong-Lambert scored twice on four shots.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Nong-Lambert scored the only power play goal of the game--his second of the night and seventh on the year--with 8 minutes and 3 seconds left, breaking a 2-2 tie. The Pointers capitalized just 48 seconds after a two-minute minor penalty was called for tripping.

= Adrian pulled the goalie with 78 seconds remaining for an extra attacker, but couldn't get the equalizing tally to force overtime.

= Adrian erased a 1-0 deficit with an electric start to the second period when McCloy and Armour found the back of the net just 55 seconds apart almost a minute had elapsed. McCloy deposited his 10th of the season four seconds in on assists from sophomores Dino Balsamo and Matt McNair after Adrian controlled the opening face-off. Then 55 seconds later, Armour's first of the year made it 2-1 Bulldogs as juniors Bryan Yim and Cameron Cooper got the assists.

= At the 9:30 mark of the period, Tanner Karty took a feed from Logan Fredericks to knot things up 2-all.

= Adrian kept the offensive pressure on in the second period by outshooting the Pointers 16-6.

= Nong-Lambert gave UWSP a 1-0 lead at the 12:56 mark of the first period.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Adrian and UWSP combined for 21 penalties totaling 99 minutes--91 minutes in the second stanza alone. Each squad had a student-athlete assessed with a game misconduct and three majors were given.

= Kelley--who is now 12-2 lifetime--suffered his first defeat since his 2016 sophomore campaign. Kelley also moved past Tyler Parks (20 GA, 248 saves in 2015) into fifth place on Adrian's all-time saves chart.

= Adrian saw its streak of 25 consecutive penalty-kills snapped with Nong-Lambert's power play goal in the decisive third period.

= The Bulldogs had a five-game winning streak snapped tonight.

UP NEXT
= Adrian will play at UWSP again on Wednesday at 8 p.m. EST. Audio l Video l Live Stats

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