ADRIAN, Mich. - The phrase "You Don't Rebuild, You Reload" worked today for the No. 1 Adrian College men's hockey team as freshmen scored four of the team's five goals in a 5-3 win over Finlandia University at Arrington Ice Arena. Jeremy Olinyk scored twice and fellow classmates Brett Pinkerton and Michael Hoy also lit the lamp for the Bulldogs as they remained unbeaten at 16-0-3 overall and 10-0-2 in the NCHA.
Olinyk got Adrian on the board first at 5:23 of the opening period as his one-timer in front from Austin Hervey, who passed the puck behind the net, beat Finlandia goaltender Troy Chandler. Travis Armstrong tied the game at 1-1 for the Lions on the power play at 10:41 as he re-directed the puck past Adrian netminder Scott Shackell. The Bulldogs rounded out the first at 14:32 as Hoy scored on the power play from Josh Cousineau and Ryan Lowe. Hoy crashed the net and took a rebound off a Cousineau shot and buried it.
The Bulldogs extended their lead to 4-1 after 40 minutes with two tallies in the middle stanza. Pinkerton's sixth goal of the season at 7:04 came from the right circle with a wrister to the left top corner of the net. Duston Hebebrand and Lowe had assists on the goal. Justin Basso notched his eighth of the season at 10:13 from Josh Ranalli and Hoy. Basso took a pass on a 2-on-1 from Ranalli and slapped the puck top right corner.
Finlandia cut the lead to 4-2 at 5:25 of the third again on the power play as Shigenobu Kakudate scored his fifth of the season from Mike Montrose and Armstrong. Olinyk scored his second of the game at 19:34 as he scored while sliding to the ice from the left wing. Hervey and Basso each had an assist on the goal. Montrose scored his second of the season at 19:57 from Kevin Smith and Sean Burke to end the scoring at 5-3 in favor of Adrian.
Shackell made 19 saves including nine in the first period. Adrian outshot Finlandia 44-22 including a 29-12 edge in the last two periods. Finlandia ended the contest 2-of-6 on the power play while Adrian was 1-of-7. The victory sets up a major matchup next weekend at No. 2 St. Norbert. Both teams are tied atop the NCHA standings with 22 points and have built a five-point lead over third place St. Scholastica. The teams have met twice all-time with both meetings coming in the NCAA Tournament. The last meeting between the schools happened in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the 2011 National Championship game won 4-3 by the Green Knights.