Basso Sends Adrian Away a Winner in OT

Basso Sends Adrian Away a Winner in OT

ADRIAN, Mich. – The second installment of Adrian College and the College of St. Scholastica lived up to Friday night's tie and then some as the Bulldogs and Saints again went into overtime on Saturday at Arrington Ice Arena. The story ended much differently for the No. 1 ranked team as junior Justin Basso ended it at 1:58 of overtime with his third game-winning goal of the season to give Adrian a 4-3 win against No. 15 St. Scholastica.

The Bulldogs scored a goal in each period as did the Saints in regulation. The teams swapped leads throughout in a battle of top tier teams in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association. The game started with the teams separated by just one point in the standings with Adrian tied for first with St. Norbert (16 points) and the Saints right on their heels. St. Scholastica dropped their first conference game of the season (6-1-3) while the Bulldogs remained unbeaten overall at 14-0-3.

For the second straight day the game was well played with few penalties. Adrian served six minutes and killed off all three power plays by CSS. The Bulldogs had just one power play on the day but did score on that attempt.

Duston Hebebrand had a big game with two goals and an assist. Hebebrand's first came at 11:23 of the first to give AC a 1-0 advantage. He skated into the offensive zone and let go a shot inside the left circle that was mishandled off the glove of St. Scholastica goalie Tyler Bruggeman. Hebebrand then assisted on the Bulldogs' second goal by Jeremy Olinyk on the power play at 4:25 of the second period. Hebebrand saved the puck from going down the length of the ice at his own defensive blue-line and passed the puck to the offensive blue-line for Brett Pinkerton. Pinkerton hit a streaking Olinyk for the tip-in goal which was his third of the season.

Dave Williams at 18:59 of the second tied the score at 2-2 and then Joel Paiement gave CSS a 3-2 lead at 2:46 of the third stanza. Hebebrand scored his second of the game and 10th of the season at 14:33 of the third on a sharp angle below the right circle which beat Bruggeman top shelf. The shots on goal were 10-8 in favor of the Saints in the third and the game went into overtime. The Saints had three shots on goal before the Bulldogs needed just one to end things. Ryan Lowe and Josh Cousineau started the play on an odd-man rush and Cousineau left the puck for the trailer Basso who wristed it under the armpit between the circles. Junior Scott Shackell stopped 31 shots to improve to 6-0-1 this season.

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