Men's Hockey Drops 6-4 Decision to Visiting SUNY Canton to Close 2018

Nick Erb keeps his eye on the play. (Action photo by Patrick Stewart)
Nick Erb keeps his eye on the play. (Action photo by Patrick Stewart)

ADRIAN, Mich.--Adam Petric registered a hat trick and Michael Cerasuolo posted 47 saves to help power SUNY Canton to a 6-4 upset of nationally-ranked Adrian College in non-conference men's hockey action on Sunday to close the 2018 calendar year.

THE BASICS
= Final Score: SUNY Canton 6, Adrian College 4

= Location: Arrington Ice Arena; Adrian, Mich.

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs 10-4-1 overall (5-2-1 NCHA South Division), SUNY Canton Kangaroos 5-6-2 overall

= National Rankings: Adrian--#3 United States College Hockey Online (234 points) and #3 D3hockey.com (255) polls

TOP 'DAWGS
= Senior Nick Erb and freshman Michael Montambault led Adrian with a goal and assist each. The latter added eight face-off wins in 14 draws.

= Junior Vinny Post contributed two assists and a plus-3.

= Seniors Connor Armour (14-for-19) and Bryan Yim (13-for-19) led Adrian's strong presence in the face-off department. 

THE OPPOSITION
= Petric finished with six shots on goal to tie for game-high honors.

= Joe Deveny and newcomer Tyson Bruce added a goal and assist apiece.

= Tyler Bullard won nine of 18 face-offs and notched an assist.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= The Kangaroos, who were outshot 51 to 19, never trailed this afternoon. They jumped ahead 1-0 on Deveny's power play goal 9 minutes and 8 seconds into the first period.

= Just 2:35 later, Adrian equalized on a rebound goal near the left post by senior captain Cory Dunn off Montambault's shot from between the circles.

= In the second period, Canton held leads of 2-1 and 4-2. Petric scored his first goal at the 2:28 mark to give the 'Roos a one-goal lead before Erb notched his first marker of the season to tie it 2-2 1:10 later. Bruce and Sean Shepard scored unassisted goals about 10 minutes apart to give the visitors a 4-2 advantage after 40 minutes.

= Adrian opened the scoring in the third period just 62 seconds in when senior Trevor Boyd scored a short-handed goal on a feed from junior defenseman Niko Coffman, closing the deficit to 4-3.

= But Petric restored Canton's two-goal lead 1:10 later with his second goal, assisted by Bullard.

= The Bulldogs got within 5-4 off the stick of Montambault at the 6:36 mark. Erb passed the puck to Post behind the net, who then found Montambault at the top of the crease where he beat the goaltender inside the right post. 

= Adrian kept the offensive pressure on Canton after getting within one, getting off 31 shots that were on goal, wide or blocked over the final 13 minutes. With 2:04 remaining, the Bulldogs pulled the goalie in favor of an extra attacker and had two official shots on goal, but could not get the tying goal to force an overtime period.

= The Bulldogs hit the pipe on four shots.

= Petric wrapped up the scoring with an empty-net goal, unassisted, with 5 seconds left to ice the victory.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Canton is part of the State University of New York educational system and its athletics program plays an Independent schedule.

= This marked the first meeting between the programs.

= Boyd appeared in his 100th career game for the Bulldogs. He is the team's active all-time leader with 60 goals and has 47 assists.

= This was Petric's first collegiate hat trick and Cerasuolo's 47 stops were a career high.

= Dunn leads Adrian in scoring with 18 points on five goals and 13 assists. On the school's all-time list, he tied Josh Cousineau (36+79=115, 2010-13) for 13th place with 115 points (23+92).

= Freshman Rex Moe, who joined Adrian as a midseason addition during the holidays, had four shots on goal in his collegiate debut.

= This was Canton's highest ranked win in school history. 

UP NEXT
= Adrian's first game of 2019 is Tuesday, Jan. 8, against the USA Hockey National Team Development Program (USNTDP) Under-18 squad in Plymouth. The opening face-off for the exhibition contest is scheduled for 7 p.m. in USA Hockey Arena.

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