ADRIAN, Mich.--The Grand Valley State Lakers edged Adrian in a pair of weekend American Collegiate Hockey Association Division 3 men's games by scores of 8-6 and 3-2 on Saturday and Sunday in a home-and home-series.
Saturday’s opener at the Georgetown Ice Center in Hudsonville provided plenty of offensive fireworks as each team scored at least twice in each period. The two teams left the ice in a 2-2 deadlock after the first period, with Adrian getting goals from Henry Gabriel and Alex Armour and Grand Valley countering with a pair of goals by Ethan Doyle.
Paul Gorski gave Adrian a brief 3-2 lead in the second, but Alex Siroky countered with two straight goals for the Lakers to put Grand Valley back on top at 4-3. Gabriel scored again just 1:13 after Siroky’s second goal to tie the score again, but Broderick Vanderlinde put Grand Valley ahead for good with the final goal of the period at the 2:58 mark to make the score 5-4 after forty minutes.
Adrian fell deeper in a hole to start the third period, as the Lakers struck for the first two goals of the final twenty minutes, but Adrian fought back with goals from Michael Butler and Gorski before a Derek Simon goal for the Lakers established the final score at 8-6.
On Sunday the series moved to Adrian for a senior day matinee, as the Lakers used a three goal second period, including a pair of power play goals, and then held off an Adrian rally to hold on for a hard earned 3-2 victory over the Bulldogs.
After the Grand Valley uprising in the second, Justin McFatridge scored the Bulldogs first goal with assists from Gorski and Butler to put Adrian back in the game at 3-1 after forty minutes.
Adrian drew closer in the third when Armour scored with 8:25 remaining, but the Bulldogs could not score the equalizer, despite putting heavy pressure on the Laker net in the final moments after pulling their goalie for an extra attacker.
The Lakers outshot the Bulldogs in the game 52-41, as Tyler Todd took the loss in the Adrian net making 49 saves on the afternoon.
The Bulldogs have just one regular season game remaining, which will take place on Saturday, Feb. 10, when they travel to East Lansing to battle the Michigan State Spartans.
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--David VanGeison, Special to AdrianBulldogs.com