ADRIAN, Mich. – The game was winding down and the men's hockey team was looking at a 2-0 deficit late in the third period. The Bulldogs had put pressure on Lawrence in the final period but simply could not crack Viking goaltender Mattias Soderqvist. With under three minutes left, the bounce of the puck finally went Adrian's way and the momentum swung in favor of the home team.
Junior Duston Hebebrand came into Friday night's game one of the hottest players on the team with 12 points in his last 10 games. He continued that scoring prowess against Lawrence in the middle of a fight to stay within striking distance in the NCHA standings. Hebebrand parked by the left post and chipped home the first goal of the game for the Bulldogs at 17:09 from Kevin Balas and Justin Basso. Down by one, it was Hebebrand again at 18:22 for his 14th goal of the season to tie the game. He carried the puck around a defender cutting left to right in front of the goal and used a one-handed backhand to slip the puck past the goal line on a great individual effort. Ryan Gieseler and Jake Flegel each had an assist on the tying goal.
Adrian ended regulation and began overtime on the penalty kill which up to that point had not been strong allowing two goals in the second period on two chances. The Bulldogs were able to kill off the penalty and had four minutes to break the tie. Adrian had four shots on goal in the extra session, but none greater than with about 45 seconds left when Josh Cousineau fired a shot off the right post on a 2-on-1 opportunity.
Soderqvist had a great night with 40 saves for the Vikings including 18 in the third period. His counterpart James Hamby made 20 saves for the Bulldogs. William Thoren scored his fourth and fifth goals of the season with the man advantage in the second period at 4:26 and 13:13 respectively. Blake Roubos and Logan Lemirande assisted on the first goal, while Huck Saunders and Steve Hughes assisted on the second goal.
It was the third straight tie between the teams after they played to two draws last year in Appleton, Wisconsin. Adrian is now 13-0-3 against the Vikings. Hebebrand had his third multi-goal game as a Bulldog and his five shots on goal tied a career-best. The Bulldogs trail St. Norbert by one point now in the conference standings after the Green Knights defeated St. Scholastica, 3-0, in Duluth, Minnesota on Friday. Lawrence and Adrian will square off again on Saturday at 3 p.m. from Arrington Ice Arena.