Cory Dunn Reaches 100 Career Assists Plateau to Open NCHA Quarterfinal Series Against MSOE

Cory Dunn registered his 100th career assist on Feb. 15, 2019, against the MSOE Raiders. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Cory Dunn registered his 100th career assist on Feb. 15, 2019, against the MSOE Raiders. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

ADRIAN, Mich.--Senior captain Cory Dunn became the seventh Adrian College Bulldog in program history to reach 100 assists for a career, but MSOE jumped out to a 2-0 lead en route to a 3-1 victory in Game 1 of their Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Harris Cup Quarterfinals series on Friday evening.

THE BASICS
= Final Score: Milwaukee School of Engineering 3, Adrian College 1 

= Location: Arrington Ice Arena; Adrian, Mich.

= Records: No. 4 NCHA-South seed MSOE Raiders 10-12-4 overall; No. 1 NCHA-South seed Adrian Bulldogs 18-7-1 overall

= National Rankings: Adrian--#8 in United States College Hockey Online (172 points) and #8 in D3hockey.com (166) polls; No. 7 in NCAA PairWise

TOP 'DAWGS
= Senior defenseman Braden Hellems scored Adrian's lone goal in the second period.

= Classmate Connor Armour won 14 of 19 face-offs and classmate Bryan Yim 6-for-10.

= Dunn and junior Dino Balsamo were credited assists on Hellems' 10th goal of the season.

THE OPPOSITION
= Rock Boynton, the Second Star of the Game, made 31 stops.

= Michael Romund scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the second period.

= Stian Owens led MSOE in the face-off dot with 9-for-16.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= MSOE grabbed a two-goal lead by Nate Rogers and Romund 55 seconds apart, beginning at the 8:54 mark into the second stanza.

= With Adrian on the man-advantage, Hellems cut the deficit in half later in the period with 6 minutes and 51 seconds remaining. Balsamo chipped the puck to the right point to Dunn, who fed a pass to Hellems at the left point where he rifled the puck through traffic to beat Boynton.

= MSOE got an insurance goal late in the third period with Adrian on the power play as Jeff Makowski scored shorthanded with 4:17 left in the game. He stole the puck at Adrian's defensive blueline and scored off his own rebound shot after Entmaa's initial save on the breakaway.

= Adrian pulled the goalie for the final 58 seconds for an extra attacker, but could not get a shot on goal to equalize and force overtime.

= The Bulldog defense killed off a five-minute major penalty that overlapped the first and second periods, keeping the game scoreless. They killed off all five MSOE power-play opportunities.

= With about three seconds left in the first period, Balsamo was robbed on that shorthanded attempt by Boynton's glove save after eluding a defender that would have gotten AC on the scoreboard.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= The Raiders snap a seven-game losing streak against the Bulldogs, who lead the all-time series 37-6-2 overall and 21-4-2 at home. Tonight marked MSOE's first postseason win versus Adrian since the 2012 Harris Cup Final, 4-3 in overtime. 

= Dunn passes Kyle Brothers (99 from 2014-17) for sole possession of seventh place on the school's all-time assists chart and is just the third defenseman to record the feat of 100. In addition, Dunn ties blueliner Quinn Waller (15g, 108a from 2007-10) for 12th on the AC overall scoring list with 123 points on 23 goals and 100 assists.

= Adrian hasn't allowed a power-play goal on its opponents last 12 chances.

UP NEXT
= These same two teams meet in Game 2 at 3:05 p.m. Saturday. If Adrian wins, a deciding 20-minute mini-game will be conducted immediately. At the end of the second game, the ice shall be resurfaced and there is a 15-minute intermission. Starting lineups are announced before the mini-game, and the teams will play the full 20 minutes, regardless of score. Should the game be tied after the 20 minutes, the teams will play 20-minute sudden-death overtimes periods.

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