FOND DU LAC, Wis. - The men's hockey team completed an impressive sweep at Marian (WI) University this afternoon (Jan. 23) with a 4-2 victory over the Sabres at the Blueline Ice Center. Entering this series, Marian was just one point out of first place in the MCHA standings and on home ice. Adrian leaves with a four-point lead (22 pts) in the standings over second place MSOE and the Sabres are now third in the league (17 pts). This was the best chance to date for the Sabres to move into first place in the league standings. Adrian has won four straight regular season and Harris Cup titles and if this series was any indication they do not plan on giving up those crowns.
The Bulldogs and Raiders of MSOE will square off this weekend on Friday, Jan. 27 and Saturday, Jan. 28 at Arrington Ice Arena. If Adrian can hold down home ice they will have further cemented their chances of a five-peat.
The matinee got off to a good start for Adrian (13-4, 11-1 MCHA) after a scoreless first period. Shelby Gray notched his ninth goal of the season at even strength at 3:09 of the second period with assists from Zach Graham and Chris Stansik. A mere 2:49 later it was Jordan Watts lighting the lamp for the 10th time this season at even strength with Josh Cousineau and Graham assisting on the goal.
Marian did not go quietly though as they scored the next two goals to end the period. Robbie Bailey slid the puck into the net at 13:49 on the power play to cut the lead in half and then Dakota Dubetz knotted things up at 2-2 with 1:23 left in the period at even strength.
Adrian put the finishing touches on their 15th win in 17 chances against the Sabres with two goals in the final period. Adrian outshot Marian 11-3 in the third and ended the game 1-of-3 on the power play. The power play goal come off the blade of Dan Barczuk at 2:40 of the third with Josh Ranalli and Stansik gaining assists on Barczuk's sixth goal of the season. Cousineau added one more for good measure at 10:50 at even strength for his fourth tally this season. Graham got his third assist of the game and Grant Telfer added his second assist of the campaign.
Adrian improved to 7-2 on the road this season and 7-1 all-time at Marian. James Hamby got the win between the pipes for the Bulldogs making 23 saves in his fifth win as a freshman. Josh Baker made 32 saves in net for Marian and fell to 6-4-4.