STEVENS POINT, Wis. – This weekend was going to be a major test for the men's hockey team under first-year head coach Adam Krug. Last night it was a win at ninth-ranked UW-Eau Claire and tonight (Nov. 22) it was a 6-4 win at sixth-ranked UW-Stevens Point. The fifth-ranked Bulldogs (USCHO.com Poll) improved to 8-0 overall and have won their last four games on the road. The Adrian offense was been spectacular all season scoring no fewer than five goals in a game this season. They currently rank second in NCAA Division III averaging six goals per game (UMass Boston 6.17) and tonight it was a potent power play that led them to victory over the Pointers. The Bulldogs converted on their first three chances and finished the game 3-for-5, while UWSP went 1-for-5 scoring on their final chance.
UW-Stevens Point opened the scoring at 3:03 of the first as Andrew Kolb scored his third of the season from Eliot Grauer. It took 3:39 for the Bulldogs to answer on the power play as Mathew Thompson scored his fifth of the season from Taylor McCloy and Jeremy Olinyk.
Scott Henegar gave his team a 2-1 lead at 10:27 of the second with an assist from Alex Brooks. Josh Ranalli netted another power play goal at 12:19 from Ryan Gieseler and Ryan Lowe to tie it up at 2-2. Adrian then increased their lead to 3-2 at 15:05 with a power play goal by Olinyk with McCloy and Chris Leone credited with helpers. Ranalli gave Adrian a 4-2 lead just 49 seconds later for his eighth of the season from Duston Hebebrand to end the second period on a high note.
The Pointers came back with some fight in the third as they scored twice to tie the game at 4-4. Joe Kalisz scored his fourth of the season at 3:56 on the power play and Kyle Sharkey scored the tying goal at 8:37 with an assist from Garrett Ladd who also assisted on the Kalisz goal. Adrian found a way to regroup and scored the winning goal at 12:31 of the third just seconds after their power play expired. Gieseler scored his first of the season from Thompson and McCloy as McCloy posted his 13th assist of the season. Adam Davies added an empty-net goal with 23 seconds left for good measure.
Scott Shackell (6-0) had a busy and stressful night in net making 33 saves for the Bulldogs. Brandon Jaeger (5-2) allowed five goals, but did stop 15 shots including seven in the second. These same two teams will lace them up again next Saturday (Nov. 29) at Arrington Ice Arena with a 7 p.m. faceoff.