HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The Adrian men's hockey team (11-1) traveled south to face NCAA Division I University of Alabama-Huntsville (3-17-1), and came away with a 4-2 win. It was UAH's second loss of the season at home at the Von Braun Center in front of a 1,000-plus spectators.
Perhaps the Chargers were looking for some relief after facing Division I No. 1-ranked Boston College less than a week ago (5-2 loss), but the Division III No. 7 Bulldogs were looking to make a statement in a rare matchup between interdivision teams.
After clicking for six power-play goals last weekend, Adrian's potent power play proved to be the difference, as the Bulldogs notched two more- including the game winner. Adrian would be a perfect 2-for-2 on the power play, while thwarting three Charger extra-man opportunities.
The Bulldogs would score first and never relinquish the lead.
It would take the Chargers just two-and-a-half minutes to tie the game at 1, but about a minute after that Kevin Balas would net his fourth goal of the season from Zach Wilson and Kyle Gallinger to give the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead. UAH would respond 52 seconds later to tie the contest at 2 apiece.
That goal would hold up as the eventual game winner.
Merasty would factor in on both Bulldog power-play goals and lead the team with a pair of helpers on the night.
The third period would go scoreless until Dustin Hebebrand would score an empty-netter to seal the win with just 10 seconds left in the contest.
The Bulldogs outshot the Chargers, 23-20.
Adrian goaltender James Hamby would finish with 18 saves on the night. The undefeated netminder (7-0) would also pick up an assist on the Bulldogs first goal.
The team returns home for a Tuesday matchup against Geneseo State at 7 p.m.