ADRIAN, Mich. – The men's hockey team came into today having never been shutout in the history of the program (179 games) and as time started to click down it looked grim for the Bulldogs. Despite a big advantage in shots on goal, Adrian simply could not crack Ed Zdolshek of Nazareth. The sophomore goaltender was playing his best game of the season as he made several big stops and his team was leading 1-0 after a first period goal at 12:38 by Tom Seravalli.
The Adrian power play was 0-for-7 on the day but got a huge break with four minutes left in the third period as Travis Hill took a facemasking major penalty giving the Bulldogs a five-minute advantage. The home team used the opportunity on a 4-on-3 by scoring with 2:40 left to tie the game at 1-1. Freshman Michael Hoy and fellow defenseman Adam Davies combined for the goal as Hoy blasted the puck into the lower left corner of the net.
The Bulldogs took one minute of power play into overtime and ran out of time, but got a whistle in their offensive zone to end the advantage. Five seconds later at 1:05 of the extra session it was Duston Hebebrand scoring the game-winner at even strength for his sixth of the season. Kevin Balas won the faceoff back to Davies who fired the puck towards the net and was re-directed by Hebebrand to improve the team to 9-0 overall. Nazareth (1-7-1) finished the game 0-for-6 with just three shots on the power play.
Scott Shackell made his return in net for the Bulldogs after missing significant time and got the win making 19 saves. Adrian finished the game with a 39-20 margin in shots on goal as Brett Pinkerton led the team with seven. It was the first meeting between the schools and the first overtime this season for the Bulldogs.