TOLEDO, Ohio - The Adrian College men's hockey team had has several memorable games against the US Under 18 National Development Team, but Wednesday they had a chance to play outdoors for the first time. The teams were part of Toledo Walleye Winterfest presented by ProMedica at Fifth Third Field, home of the Toledo Mud Hens, on New Year's Eve.
The US Under 18 Team has a lot of firepower and put it on full display in a 6-1 win over the Bulldogs in front of 1,906 fans who braved the elements of a wind chill in the single digits for most of the game. The biggest advantage for the U.S. squad was special teams as they went 3-for-6 on the power play and also scored a short-handed goal.
The Bulldogs struggled in the first period to generate any offense and trailed 2-0 as the U.S. outshot them 12-4. Michael Floodstrand scored on the first power play for the U.S. at 8:12 of the first period with assists by Joseph Masonius and Christian Fischer. Just over six minutes later at 14:17 it was Brendan Warren scoring on a five-minute major by Duston Hebebrand with assists by Jeremy Bracco and Colin White.
Troy Terry made it 3-0 with a short-handed goal at 6:21 of the second period. Fischer scored on the power play at 10:16 with Terry and Floodstrand getting assists on the U.S. fourth goal. The Bulldogs cracked the scoreboard at 1:18 of the third period which was by far their best with a 9-6 edge in shots on goal. Ryan Gieseler scored unassisted on a shot from near the blue line inside the right post on the power play with five seconds remaining.
Masonius added to the U.S. lead just 1:33 later on the first even-strength goal of the game with Terry and Fischer each getting their second assist of the night. Matthew Tkachuk finished the scoring on a re-direct from Casey Fitzgerald at 12:55 of the third. Floodstrand completed a three-point game with his second assist.
Dillon Kelley started in net for Adrian and played the first period with 10 saves. James Hamby played the second period and finished with seven saves. Scott Shackell finished with four saves made in the third period. Michael Lackey went all 60 minutes for the U.S. making 17 saves.