ANN ARBOR, Mich. – After a season off, the Adrian College men's hockey team renewed its exhibition series against the U.S. Under 18 National Development Team on Tuesday night. The U.S. team had not fared very well in the past, but showed up huge in the third period to take a 5-1 win at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube over the No. 1 ranked team in NCAA Division III.
USANTDP opened up the scoring at 9:35 of the first as Anders Bjork scored the only goal of the period. The Bulldogs had two chances on the power play but could not capitalize. Both power plays came in the last 4:38 of the period and within four seconds of one another. USA held an 11-6 edge in shots after 20 minutes.
USA U-18 gained a 2-0 lead at 10:10 of the second as Alex Tuch notched the goal from Sonny Milano and Jack Eichel. The Bulldogs cut the lead in half at 13:25 on the power play. Michael Hoy put the puck in the net with assists from Rob Heath and Josh Cousineau.
The final period was all Americans as they scored three times to pull away 5-1. Milano scored on the power play at 6:55 followed by Ryan Hitchcock at even strength at 10:07. Adrian lost all chances to climb back into the game by taking two separate five-minute major penalties in the final 3:49 of the contest. USA took advantage once at 17:00 as Brandon Fortunato scored from Ryan Wagner and Jared Fiegl.
Edwin Minney played 30:10 in net for Team USA and stopped all nine shots. Blake Weyrick got the win playing 29:50 and made five saves. All three goaltenders played for the Bulldogs. Frank Crupi started and went 12:02 allowing one goal with seven saves. James Hamby got the loss and played 27:58 with 16 saves. Scott Shackell finished up in the third playing the whole period while making 11 saves. Adrian ended 1-of-6 on the power play while USA went 2-for-4.
The Bulldogs return to regular action on Friday, Jan. 31 as they travel to No. 2 St. Norbert in a clash of NCHA conference powers. It will be the first regular season meeting between the teams after the Green Knights defeated the Bulldogs in the 2010 and 2011 NCAA Tournament. The last meeting was a 4-3 win by St. Norbert in the 2011 NCAA Division III National Championship game.