Nationally-Ranked Men's Hockey Earns 5-3 NCHA Road Victory at Finlandia

Senior captain Cory Dunn leads Adrian with 15 assists and is second in overall scoring (20 points) as a defenseman. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Senior captain Cory Dunn leads Adrian with 15 assists and is second in overall scoring (20 points) as a defenseman. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

HANCOCK, Mich.--Junior Dino Balsamo led a balanced offense with two points, and freshman goalie Justin Crawford made a career-high 39 saves in his first start as a Bulldog, as the Adrian College men's hockey team defeated host Finlandia, 5-3, in Northern Collegiate Hockey Association action on Saturday.

THE BASICS
= Final Score: Adrian College 5, Finlandia University 3 (CollegeHockeyStats.net boxscore)

= Location: Houghton County Arena; Hancock, Mich.

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs 14-6-1 overall (9-4-1 NCHA South Division); Finlandia Lions 8-11-2 overall (6-6-2 NCHA North Division)

= National Rankings: Adrian--No. 7 in United States College Hockey Online (154 points), No. 8 in D3hockey.com (154) polls.

TOP 'DAWGS
= Crawford is a spring semester transfer from NCAA Division III program Fredonia State.

= Balsamo finished with a goal and an assist.

= Senior Bryan Yim led the offense with five shots on goal.

THE OPPOSITION
= Tyler Watungwa had a goal and an assist.

= Paul Lochner also had two points with a pair of assists.

= Santeri Seppinen stopped 29 shots for the Lions.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Adrian also got goals from junior Matt McNair, senior defenseman Braden Hellems, junior Vincent Paquette and Yim. McNair's goal came shorthanded and staked the Bulldogs to a 1-0 lead at the 13:02 mark of the opening period.

= The Bulldogs never trailed on the afternoon. 

= Finlandia outshot Adrian 42 to 34, but Crawford surpassed his previous career-saves performance (27 saves in a 1-1 tie at SUNY-Canton in his first career start for the Blue Devils earlier this season) with a solid outing.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Adrian sweeps the regular-season series from Finlandia to improve to 24-1 in the all-time series. The Bulldogs are 11-1 on Lions' home-ice.

= Nine Adrian student-athletes were credited with at least one point.

= With his empty-net goal with 10 seconds left to seal the win, Yim now has 100 career points in a Bulldogs uniform. He has 48+52 scoring totals in 107 games played.

= The contest was delayed 33 minutes from its 3:15 p.m. start due to an injury sustained by Finlandia sports information director Michael Bond during pregame Senior Day ceremonies. He fell on the ice and hit his head. He was assisted immediately by First Responders and transported via ambulance to an area hospital.

UP NEXT
= Adrian will have its final regular season home games this weekend against Lake Forest (Friday, 7:05 p.m.) and Aurora (Saturday, 3:05 p.m.) at Arrington Ice Arena.

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