FOND DU LAC, Wis. – Freshman Connor Armour recorded a career-high three assists as No. 5/6-ranked Adrian College battled back from a pair of two-goal deficits to tie host Marian University (Wis.), 4-4, in a Northern Collegiate Hockey Association men's game on Friday at Blue Line Family Ice Center.
Adrian settles to a 3-1-1 record, both overall and in the NCHA South Division, while Marian is now 2-1-1 both overall and in the NCHA South.
Neither team was able to get the game-winner in overtime, as Marian held a slim 3-2 shots on goal advantage in the extra 5-minute session.
The Sabres jumped out to a 2-0 lead after 13 minutes gone in the first period on goals by Jake Howie and Nick Monfils 4 minutes and 30 seconds apart.
The teams traded power-play markers in the second period as Marian led 3-2 after 40 minutes. Derek Thorogood scored unassisted to make it another two-goal advantage for the Sabres at the 7:42 mark before Leone pulled the Bulldogs within 3-2 at 14:45 on a feed from junior Michael Hoy and Armour.
The freshmen connection of Trevor Boyd, Armour and Yim brought the Bulldogs into a 3-all draw with 4:05 left in regulation, with Boyd scoring his second goal of the season.
Junior Jeremy Olinyk gave the visitors their first lead of the evening with 2:32 left in the contest, assisted by sophomore Mathew Thompson. Marian, however, forced overtime with a goal just 43 seconds later by Howie on a pass from Gianni Mangone, making it 4-all.
Marian outshot Adrian 33 to 29.
The teams will complete their two-game conference series here at 5 p.m. (Eastern) Saturday, with Live stats.
(Photo by John Hoy)