ADRIAN, Mich.--Freshman Trevor Boyd scored two goals, including the game-winner with 72 seconds left, to lift Adrian College past visiting Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 3-2, in a battle of top-10 nationally ranked men's hockey teams on Saturday evening at Arrington Ice Arena.
The Pointers (No. 4 USCHO, No. 5 D3hockey.com) drop their first road contest in five outings to fall to 6-2-1 on the season, while the Bulldogs (No. 6 D3hockey.com, No. 8 USCHO) improve to 5-1-1 after extending their unbeaten streak to six-straight (5-0-1).
Boyd buried his second goal of the contest--and his team-leading sixth of the season--on a rebound off sophomore Taylor McCloy's shot from close range.
The Pointers pulled their goalie in favor of an extra attacker for the final 48 seconds, but Lawrence Cornellier was stopped by freshman goalie Kevin Entmaa as time expired to prevent an overtime period.
Entmaa (4-0) finished with 33 saves, which is a single-game high this season by Adrian netminders. On the other end, Max Milosek stopped 47 shots while losing his first of the season (3-1-1).
Boyd knotted the score 2-all on a feed from classmate Connor Armour with 4 minutes and 20 seconds left in the third period. Boyd beat Milosek to the inside of the left post.
After the teams skated to a scoreless second stanza, Adrian got on the board and tied it 1-1 at the 1:42 mark into the third on a goal by junior Brett Pinkerton. Freshman Brian Bachnak had his shot saved by Milosek, but Pinkerton was at the top of the crease to pounce on the rebound and deposit his second goal of the year. Freshman Bryan Yim also assisted on the play.
But UWSP reclaimed the lead, 2-1, has Cornellier netted his second of the season on assists by Alex Brooks and Alex Kromm with 6:25 to go.
Nick D'Avolio gave the Pointers a 1-0 lead at the 2:01 of the first period, scoring his second goal of the season through the pads of Entmaa. Joe Kalisz and Joshua Daley were credited with the assists.
If it wasn't for Entmaa, UWSP could have easily scored three more goals during the opening stanza. Jono Davis' one-timer right in front was stymied by Entmaa's left pad. With 7:42 left, Logan Lemirande was robbed by Entmaa's glove from close range. Then with 57 seconds remaining, Entmaa came up large again by stopping B.J. Duffin and Evan Dixon on back-to-back attempts at the top of the crease.
McCloy had Adrian's best scoring chance in the second period during a Bulldogs' power-play, as his slap shot was chested away by Milosek.
Milosek was also busy in the final period as the Bulldogs had two grade-A scoring opportunities. McCloy was thwarted with the glove just 1:31 in and sophomore Kyle Brothers had his shot from inside the face-off circles sticked away to keep it a 1-1 tie at the time.
Adrian outshot UWSP 50 to 35, including 22-11 in the second and 18-6 in the third periods. The Pointers held an 18-10 advantage to take a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.
The Bulldogs will make their only home appearances of December on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 4-5, when they host Finlandia in a Northern Collegiate Hockey Association series at Arrington. The opener is scheduled for 7 p.m., followed by the finale at 3 p.m.
(Photo courtesy of Mike Dickie / Story by Patrick Stewart)