ADRIAN, Mich. - The men's hockey team entered their annual Thanksgiving tournament ranked fourth in Division III and two games later they have a little less to be thankful for finishing fourth after a 3-1 setback on Sunday (Nov. 27) afternoon against #13 St. Thomas (Minn.) at Arrington Ice Arena.
For the second straight game, the Bulldog offense was silenced by another top-flight opponent after falling 2-1 against tournament champion UW-Eau Claire yesterday. Adrian lost back-to-back home games for the first time in a year. UW-Eau Claire became the tournament champion with a 3-1 win over Buffalo State.
The Tommies rebounded from a 3-2 loss to Buffalo State by scoring first at 15:44 of the first period on an even strength goal by Chris Cass. Cass scored his second goal of the season on a shot from just inside the blue line which glanced off the crossbar. Matt Lipinski and Alex Alternbernd each had an assist. Adrian held a 10-9 edge in shots on goal after 20 minutes. Each team also went 0-of-2 on the power play.
Adrian tied the game at 1-1 at the 6:38 mark of the second period on the power play after a 5-on-3 chance just expired. Freshman Justin Basso scored his fifth goal of the season on a rebound putback into an open net. Freshman Ryan Gieseler took a shot from the blue line and goaltender Geoff Sadjadi made that save but could not cover the puck allowing for Basso to clean up. Freshman Lukas Ciotti also had an assist on the goal.
The Tommies took advantage of one of three Adrian penalties in the third period which proved to be the game-winner. Robby Philipp scored his sixth goal of the season at 4:12 with an assist from Riley Horgan. The Bulldogs spent the rest of the period looking for the tying goal which did not happen. Adrian elected to pull goaltender James Hamby with one minute left for an extra attacker. Senior Chris Stansik took a shot with about 30 seconds left which hit the left post and the goal light came on, but referee Kevin Hall signaled no-goal immediately and play resumed until the whistle blew seconds later.
Philipp won a faceoff in the Tommie defensive zone and found Alternbernd who skated into Adrian's offensive zone and scored into the empty net with two seconds left for his third goal of the season. Adrian held a slight 27-24 edge in shots on goal. Both teams ended 1-of-6 on the power play as the Bulldogs were 0-of-1 in the third. Hamby made 21 saves in the game falling to 3-1 in net.
The Bulldogs will travel to MCHA opponent Concordia (Wis.) next weekend to resume conference action.