@ACBulldogHockey Plucks No. 3-Ranked Bantams on the Road in Top-10 Battle, 4-1

Senior center Mathew Thompson scored twice in Adrian's 4-1 victory at Trinity-Conn. Tuesday. (Action photo by Patrick Stewart)
Senior center Mathew Thompson scored twice in Adrian's 4-1 victory at Trinity-Conn. Tuesday. (Action photo by Patrick Stewart)

HARTFORD, Conn.--Senior captain Mathew Thompson scored two power-play goals and junior netminder Kevin Entmaa recorded a season-high 37 saves to power Adrian College to a 4-1 non-conference win at Trinity-Conn. in a battle of top-10 nationally-ranked NCAA Division III men's hockey powers.

THE BASICS
= Final Score: Adrian College 4, Trinity College 1

= Location: Albert Creighton Williams '64 Rink at the Koeppel Community Sports Center; Hartford, Conn.

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs 10-4 overall; Trinity Bantams 6-2-2 overall

= National Rankings: Adrian--#8 USCHO.com and #7 D3hockey.com polls; Trinity--#3 USCHO and #5 D3hockey

TOP 'DAWGS
= In addition to his two points on the evening, Thompson won 12 of 20 face-offs and led AC with six shots on goal.

= Junior Cory Dunn registered three assists from his defensive spot.

= Sophomore Dino Balsamo also had a multi-point game with two assists.

= Entmaa had 13 saves in the third period alone as Trinity outshot Adrian 14-7 over the last 20 minutes. He improves to 5-2 on the season.

THE OPPOSITION
= Connor Hegarty scored Trinity's lone goal.

= Alex Morin (L, 4-2-2) had 23 saves.

= Anthony Sabitsky was strong in the face-off circle, winning 22 of 27 draws.

= James Callahan led all skaters with seven shots.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Thompson scored what proved to be the game-winning goal on the power play just 40 seconds into the second period to give Adrian a 2-0 advantage.

= Junior defenseman Braden Hellems and Thompson added power-play markers for insurance in the third period. Hellems scored his third goal of the season with 8 minutes and 1 second remaining, with Balsamo and Dunn credited with the assists. Then with 38 seconds left, Thompson scored on a feed from senior assistant captain Taylor McCloy.

= Sophomore Ryan Cusin gave Adrian a 1-0 lead at 12:27 mark of the first period, as Hellems and Dunn assisted on the play.

= Entmaa lost his shutout bid late in the third when Dylan Healey and Anthony Sabitsky assisted on Hegarty's first goal of the season.

= The Bulldogs were 3-for-7 on the power-play and they killed off all five Bantams extra-man advantage.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Both teams made it to the national semifinals last March in Utica, N.Y. Trinity lost to Norwich in the 2017 NCAA championship game.

= Adrian and Trinity met in the 2015 NCAA Semifinals in Minneapolis, Minn.

= The Bantams hold a 2-1 lead in the all-time series and tonight's meeting was the first on Trinity's home ice. The Bantams won 2-1 in Adrian last season.

= On the Adrian all-time goal scoring list, Thompson moved into sole possession of seventh place with 54 to surpass current AC coach Adam Krug '12).

= Entmaa tied James Hamby (34-7-4 from 2011-14) for third place on the AC goalie wins chart. The third-year starter Entmaa is now 34-10-2 lifetime.

UP NEXT
= Adrian will have its first home game since Dec. 2 this Saturday when the Bulldogs host Utica College for a 7:05 p.m. puckdrop at the Arrington Ice Arena. Get tickets here.

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