No. 4-Ranked @ACBulldogHockey Cuts Down Lake Forest Foresters Behind Blueline Scoring

Juniors Braden Hellems (#19) and Cory Dunn (#44) combined for two goals and two assists from their blueline spots in Adrian's 5-2 win over Lake Forest Friday. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Juniors Braden Hellems (#19) and Cory Dunn (#44) combined for two goals and two assists from their blueline spots in Adrian's 5-2 win over Lake Forest Friday. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

ADRIAN, Mich.--The nationally-ranked Adrian College men's hockey team got strong offensive production from its defensive corps, and junior goalie Kevin Entmaa made 25, to power the Bulldogs to a 5-2 victory over visiting Lake Forest in Northern Collegiate Hockey Association South Division action on Friday night.

THE BASICS
= Final Score: Adrian College 5, Lake Forest College 2

= Location: Arrington Ice Arena; Adrian, Mich.

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs 12-4 overall, 8-1 NCHA-South; Lake Forest Foresters 8-8 overall, 5-4 NCHA-South

= National Rankings: Adrian--#4 USCHO.com (217 points) and #4 D3hockey.com (220) polls

TOP 'DAWGS
= Entmaa improves to 7-2 on the season after turning aside 25 of 27 shots faced.

= Junior assistant captain Cory Dunn, a two-year All-America on the blueline, scored his first two goals of the season on three shots and had a plus-3 rating.

= Junior Braden Hellems--Dunn's partner on the blueline--chipped in two assists.

= Senior captain Mathew Thompson and junior Trevor Boyd added two assists apiece.

= Thompson led Adrian in face-offs with 11-for-19 and junior Chase Matson added 7-for-11.

THE OPPOSITION
= Aaron O'Neill led all centermen with an 18-for-24 performance in the circle.

= Joe Sardina and Connor Duncan found the net for the Foresters.

= Louis-Philippe De Courcy (5-5 overall) tried to keep the Foresters close by making 39 stops.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Adrian built a 3-0 lead after the first period and never looked back. Dunn got the scoring going 6 minutes and 27 seconds in after ripping a shot from the right point on a cross-ice feed from Hellems. Adrian went up 2-0 with 4:59 left when Dunn was the recipient of good luck after a pass by a LFC player went off the skate off a teammate standing in the goal crease and into the net, with Dunn getting credit for the goal because he was the last Bulldog to touch the puck. Junior Bryan Yim made it 3-0 with a shot from the slot on a feed from Thompson with 28 seconds remaining.

= Sardina cut the deficit to 3-1 at the 8:31 mark of the second period, with Drew Cleereman and George Gerasimou assisting on the play.

= Sophomore Dino Balsamo restored the three-goal advantage, 4-1, at 15:10 when he followed up on a shot by Boyd.

= The third period featured special teams goals by both squads. Senior assistant captain Taylor McCloy gave Adrian a 5-1 cushion with a shorthanded tally at 6:48, racing past a LFC defender at the blueline and wristing a shot over the goalie's shoulder from in-close. Lake Forest scored on the power play at 17:25 on a goal by Connor Duncan from the right point and assists by Cody Guidorzi and Ryan Kruss.

= For the game, Adrian outshot LFC 44 to 27, including 18-7 in the third period. 

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Adrian has never lost to the Foresters in 25 meetings, going 24-0-1 since the series began on Nov. 20-21, 2009. Adrian is 12-0-1 at home lifetime against LFC.

= Bruiser II, Adrian's new live mascot Bulldog puppy, was introduced in a pregame "bonedrop".

= Adrian is outscoring opponents 15-4 during its four-game winning streak.

= McCloy has scored two shorthanded goals this season, giving him six for his career to tie his coach, Adam Krug '12, for second place on the all-time school list.

= McCloy (11g, 8a) and Dunn (2g, 17a) share the team lead with 19 points apiece.

UP NEXT
= Adrian hosts NCHA-South opponent Aurora at 3:05 p.m. Saturday. GET TICKETS  Video l LiveStats 

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