DE PERE, Wis. – The Bulldog men's hockey team stared into a similar situation on Saturday as they fell behind 1-0 just 2:01 into the game at No. 2 St. Norbert. Last night, the Green Knights struck early in a win over the Bulldogs, but this game would be different. Adrian held St. Norbert off the scoreboard for the remainder of the game and themselves scored four goals in the second period of a 4-1 win.
St. Norbert lost for just the second time at home this season and the Bulldogs got their first win over the Green Knights in their fourth try. The two teams are once again deadlocked in first place in the NCHA standings with 24 points with four regular season games left. The Green Knights have a pair of games at third-place St. Scholastica next weekend and then finish with two games at home against Northland. Adrian will skate at home the final four games with Lawrence next weekend and a Lake Forest team the following weekend, which has won its last six games and moved into fourth place in the NCHA.
Brandon Hoogenboom scored his fifth of the season at 2:01 of the first from Chris Rial and Pijus Rulevicius to gain a quick lead. The Green Knights took that lead into the first intermission and allowed just two shots on goal by the Bulldogs. The switch flipped in the second period for Adrian as they scored four times to take a 4-1 lead into the second intermission. Freshman Brett Pinkerton (7) got the Bulldogs on the board at 1:50 from Ryan Lowe and Duston Hebebrand. Lowe (3) scored the game-winning goal at 4:51 with assists from Hebebrand and Pinkerton.
Senior Josh Cousineau (5) gave Adrian a 3-1 lead at 11:50 with an assist from Rob Heath. Hebebrand completed his three-point night with a power play goal at 14:25 with assists by Kevin Balas and Ryan Gieseler. Adrian had 11 shots on goal in the second and killed off three penalties. SNC went 0-of-7 on the power play on Saturday.
Adrian finished with four shots on net in the third, but played a defensive game in the final 20 minutes and picked up a huge win. Scott Shackell made 35 saves including double-digit stops in each period to improve to 8-0-1. David Jacobson lost for the first time this season (14-1-1) for St. Norbert making 13 saves.