Bulldogs Suffer 5-3 NCHA Setback at St. Scholastica

Senior defenseman Cameron Cooper starts a rush from behind his own net. (Action photo by Patrick Stewart)
Senior defenseman Cameron Cooper starts a rush from behind his own net. (Action photo by Patrick Stewart)

DULUTH, Minn.--Carson Rose scored a hat trick to lead host St. Scholastica to a 5-3 victory Friday over Adrian in Northern Collegiate Hockey Association men's action.

THE BASICS

= Final Score: College of St. Scholastica 5, Adrian College 3

= Location: Mars Lakeview Arena; Duluth, Minn.

= Records: St. Scholastica Saints 5-1-1 overall (3-1-1 NCHA North Division); Adrian Bulldogs 8-3 overall (5-2 NCHA South Division)

= National Rankings: Adrian--#4 United States College Hockey Online (246 points) and #4 D3hockey.com (250) polls

TOP 'DAWGS

= Senior Trevor Boyd had two points with a goal and an assist.

= Senior defenseman Braden Hellems and freshman Austin Bottrell both had two assists. 

= Senior Connor Armour had a goal and was outstanding on face-offs (17-for-24).

= Freshman Michael Montambault was 12-for-24 in the face-off dot.

THE OPPOSITION

= Rose scored three goals on six shots.

= Cole Golka also had a multi-point night with a goal and assist.

= Michael Talbot had an assist and was 12-for-22 on face-offs.

= Kristofer McKinzie won six of 11 draws.

= Nick Trenciansky (W, 5-0-1) stopped 22 of 25 shots faced.

HOW IT HAPPENED

= With the game knotted at 2-all late in the second period, Nate Pionk and Golka scored power play goals just 29 seconds apart to double the lead with 2 minutes and 44 seconds left.

= Boyd cut the deficit to 4-3 with a power-play marker for the Bulldogs at the 14:53 mark of the third period, with assists going to Bottrell and Hellems.

= Adrian continued to have good looks in the final stanza. At 8:40 showing on the game clock, junior right defenseman Niko Coffman sent a shot into traffic in front as the puck went through the open goal mouth. Junior Dino Balsamo was stymied at the right post by Trenciansky after receiving a cross-ice pass with 7:47 left. Trenciansky flashed a glove save off Montambault's shot from the left face-off circle with 6:52 remaining.

= The Bulldogs pulled the goalie for an extra skater during the final 1:06, but could not get the game-tying goal to force overtime. Rose scored an empty-net goal to ice the victory.

= The teams traded goals in the very first minute of the contest. Rose found the back of the net 41 seconds in while Armour countered just 16 seconds later. The Saints led 2-1 after the first period after Rose scored his second of the game, unassisted, at the 8:54 mark.

= Senior captain Cory Dunn tied the game 2-2 for Adrian with his fourth goal of the season coming at 12:47 of the second period.

= CSS had a slim shots on goal advantage of 29-25.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

= The Bulldogs, who now lead the all-time series 10-2-2, see their nine-game winning and 10-game unbeaten streak against the Saints snapped. St. Scholastica's previous win (4-3) had occurred on March 1 during the 2014 NCHA Semifinals in Adrian. 

= The Saints won at home for the first time (1-3-1) versus Adrian.

= Dunn appeared in his 99th game wearing the Black and Gold. He has career scoring totals of 22+89=111.

UP NEXT

= Adrian will stay in the Central Time Zone for a Saturday matinee at Northland College in Ashland, Wis. Opening face-off at the Bay Area Civic Center is scheduled for 4 p.m. Eastern.

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