Fresh Faces Fuel 9-2 Win over Northland

photo by John Hoy
photo by John Hoy

ADRIAN, Mich. – The new era of men's hockey at Adrian College began much like the past seven seasons with a 9-2 win over Northland College on Friday (Oct. 31). While children were trick-or-treating, the youngest members of the Bulldogs were making plays and putting pucks in the net. Freshman Kyle Brothers scored three goals and added two assists. Freshman Taylor McCloy notched a four-point night with a goal and three assists. Mathew Thompson playing on the same line as Brothers and McCloy had two assists and a plus-2 rating with four shots on goal.

"The veterans on the team really pushed me and the rest of the freshmen in the preseason," said Brothers. "It certainly paid off tonight and playing here at home was a lot of fun. I've been able to establish a quick bond with my teammates and playing alongside two other freshmen on my line was exciting."

The Bulldogs improved to 18-0 in the Northland series and scored three goals in each period. Adrian scored three power play goals in nine chances and went a perfect 4-for-4 on the penalty kill. The Bulldogs finished the game with 46 shots on goal compared to 21 for the LumberJacks. Brothers scored a pair of goals in the first period including the game-winning goal at 18:34 of the first. Junior Chris Leone scored the game's first goal at 1:44 on a screen and later added two assists.

McCloy, Josh Ranalli and Kevin Balas scored in the second period for Adrian. McCloy's first collegiate goal at 32 seconds of the second came on the power play with assists from Brothers and Leone. Ranalli followed with a power play goal at 8:51 giving him 47 career goals with a tap-in at the right post.

"We have a lot of things to work out because there were some sloppy mistakes," said head coach Adam Krug, who picked up his first win behind the bench for the Bulldogs. "Our freshmen line was by far our best tonight and led us to this win. Our defensive zone needs to be cleaned up as we progress and good news is we get another chance tomorrow."

Brothers opened the third period at 1:32 with his third of the night off his skate on a deflection from an Adam Davies shot. Northland broke into the scoring column at 1:39 as Brandon Fehd beat Scott Shackell who made 19 saves in the win. Ranalli scored one minute later from Duston Hebebrand and Ryan Lowe on a similar play with a one-timer near the right post. Sophomore Austin Hervey concluded the scoring for Adrian at 12:37 with assists going to Austin Rust and Pat George. Hervey jammed the puck past the goal line as backup goaltender Dax Deadrick could not stop the puck in time. The two teams will play again on Saturday, Nov. 1 beginning at 3 p.m.

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