MILWAUKEE, Wis.— Host Milwaukee School of Engineering scored three goals in the final period to break open a close game in a 5-1 upset of No. 3-ranked Adrian College in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association opener for both squads on Friday evening at the Kern Center.
The two teams will meet again here at 4 p.m. EDT Saturday.
With the game scoreless for most of the opening stanza, the teams combined for three goals in the final 2 minutes and 21 seconds. The Raiders took a 2-0 lead on tallies by Kevin LoGiudice at the 17:29 mark and Zach Simpson at 19:12. On the ensuing face-off, freshman Bryan Yim won it to gain control for Adrian. The puck eventually got to junior Jeremy Olinyk, who fed sophomore Kyle Brothers for the goal to cut the deficit in half just 12 seconds later with 36 ticks left on the clock.
But in the third period, the Raiders special teams scored three goals to pull away for the victory. Chris Hinrichs made it 3-1 at the 12:46 mark and then MSOE scored a pair of goals 47 seconds apart a few minutes later to ice it. MSOE scored two empty-net goals, including one short-handed by Nick LaRue to make it 4-1 with 3:17 remaining.
Junior goalie Tyler Parks had 24 saves in his Bulldogs debut. He transferred from NCAA Division I St. Lawrence. MSOE netminder Nick Kohn stopped 33 of 34 shots he faced.
Despite the loss, Adrian dominated the face-off circle by winning 45 of 68 draws. Olinyk was 12-for-15 in the dot, followed by freshman Connor Armour going 8-for-12 in his AC debut and junior Austin Hervey went 9-for-13.
Tonight marks the first time in program history that the Bulldogs lost a season opener.