NORTHFIELD, Minn. – The first meeting between Adrian College and St. Olaf College turned into a much closer game than the team's overall records coming into the game would indicate. The Bulldogs took over the nation's number one spot for the first time in school history this week and maybe that pressure played into Friday night's result. St. Olaf had just three wins coming into the contest but held their own in a 4-4 tie at Northfield Arena.
The Bulldogs got out of the gate slowly in the first with just four shots on goal. However, they made the most of those chances to go into the first intermission in a 1-1 tie. Freshman Jeremy Olinyk scored his second goal this season with an assist from Micki Mihailovich at 8:35. The Oles tied the game at 13:43 as Dan Cecka scored his eighth from Marc Richards and Matt Geurts. St. Olaf tallied 11 shots on goal in the first.
The remainder of the contest was very balanced in shots on goal. In total St. Olaf outshot the Bulldogs, 38-31, but were even with 27 over the second, third and overtime periods. James Hamby made 34 saves and allowed a season-high four goals for a team that had allowed just 16 goals in 13 games heading into the game.
The Bulldogs had to claw their way out of a hole in the second period after the Oles took a 3-1 lead in the first 8:22 of the period. Nick Marsh scored his third of the season from Brian Hickey at 6:02 and then 2:20 later it was a short-handed goal by Mike Erickson notching his first of the campaign. It was the first short-handed goal allowed by Adrian this season.
On the power play that yielded the short-handed goal, Josh Cousineau scored his first on the season from Shelby Gray and Chris Leone at 9:10 to cut the lead to 3-2. Gray got the tying goal on the power play at 16:38 which was his 16th career power play goal from Josh Ranalli and Cousineau.
Mark Rath gave St. Olaf a 4-3 lead at 1:33 of the third from Tim Tuscher on the power play and Adrian once again answered at 5:07 as freshman Brent Sauve scored his biggest goal of the season from Kevin Balas. Both teams could not break the tie and the game went into overtime. It was the third overtime game this season for the Bulldogs and ended in Adrian's second tie (12-0-2). St. Olaf was on the penalty kill early in overtime and prevented Adrian from winning the game while outshooting them 6-5 in the extra five minutes.
Adrian finished 2-for-8 on the power play while St. Olaf was 1-for-6. The Bulldogs moved to 5-0-1 in non-conference games this season and will travel to Gustavus Adolphus for another tough test in the first meeting ever against the Gusties. The puck drops tomorrow at 7:05 p.m. locally in Saint Peter, Minn.