Men's Hockey Doubles Up No. 4/5 Salve Regina to Complete Sweep, 6-3

Senior blueliner Braden Hellems scored two power play goals in Adrian's 6-3 victory Saturday over Salve Regina. (Action photo by Patrick Stewart)
Senior blueliner Braden Hellems scored two power play goals in Adrian's 6-3 victory Saturday over Salve Regina. (Action photo by Patrick Stewart)

ADRIAN, Mich.--Junior Dino Balsamo led all student-athletes with four points and seniors Cory Dunn, Braden Hellems, Connor Armour added three apiece to pace the Adrian men's hockey team to another convincing non-conference victory over nationally-ranked Salve Regina, 6-3, on Saturday. After a 2-0 win on Friday, the Bulldogs complete the weekend sweep of the visiting Seahawks in this top-10 matchup of nationally-ranked opponents.

THE BASICS
= Final Score: Adrian College 6, Salve Regina University 3

= Location: Arrington Ice Arena; Adrian, Mich.

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs 10-3-1 overall (5-2-1 NCHA South Division), Salve Regina Seahawks 8-3-1 overall (6-1-1 CCC)

= National Rankings: Adrian--#7 United States College Hockey Online (179 points) and #6 D3hockey.com (186) polls; Salve Regina #5 USCHO.com (202) and #4 D3hockey (229) 

TOP 'DAWGS
= Balsamo finished with his first career hat trick, including an empty-net goal, and an assist. He also was 15 for 25 on face-offs.

= Armour and Dunn both had three assists.

= Hellems potted two goals and an assist.

= Senior Bryan Yim was 13-for-17 on face-offs.

= Joining Yim with face-off success: freshmen William Brochu (5-for-9), Michael Montambault (6-for-8) and Armour (7-for-12).

= Senior goalie Kevin Entmaa had 22 saves.

THE OPPOSITION
= Nick Cyr had two assists.

= Blake Wojtala (L, 7-3-1) stopped 27 of 32 shots he faced.

= Evan Schmidbauer and Vincenzo Renda both had four shots and a goal, while Danny Eruzione tied for the team lead with four shots and contributed an assist. 

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Adrian jumped out to a 2-0 lead after the first period as Hellems and Balsamo potted power play tallies.

= Schmidbauer snapped SRU's scoreless streak in Adrian at 85 minutes and 1 second when he cut the deficit to 2-1 with a power-play marker at 5:01 into the second period.

= However, the Bulldogs countered with two goals for a 4-1 lead after 40 minutes. Boyd and Balsamo scored 2:40 apart beginning at the 17:12 mark in the second.

= Hellems added an insurance goal with Adrian on the power play for a commanding 5-1 lead at 5:34 in the third.

= About 5 minutes later, Renda and Erik Udahl scored 34 seconds apart to give the Seahawks some hope trailing 5-3.

= For over 3 minutes late in the game, SRU pulled the goalie in favor of an extra attacker but the Bulldogs' defense held the 'Hawks at bay.

= Adrian was 3-for-9 officially on the man-advantage, and Salve was 2-for-8.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Yim played in his 100th game for the Bulldogs, with career scoring totals of 46+51=97.

= Adrian avenges a 6-2 loss last season to the Seahawks at the Codfish Bowl Invitational in Boston, Mass.

= Salve Regina was the NCAA Division III national runner-up in 2017-18, losing to St. Norbert 3-2 in double overtime in the championship game at Lake Placid, N.Y.

= Danne Eruzione's father is the athletics director at Curry College, which like Salve is a member of the Commonwealth Coast Conference. He's also the nephew of Miracle On Ice Team USA captain and Olympian Mike Eruzione.

= The Bulldogs now lead the all-time series against the Seahawks, 2-1. 

= The teams combined for more than 30 penalties and 100 penalty-minutes.

= Balsamo (6+11) and Dunn (4+13) are now tied for the Adrian scoring lead with 17 points.

UP NEXT
= Adrian will close out the 2018 calendar year on Sunday, Dec. 30 with a home date versus SUNY Canton (3:05 p.m.).

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