Balanced Scoring, Stout Defense Secures @acbulldoghockey Sweep over Finlandia

Balanced Scoring, Stout Defense Secures @acbulldoghockey Sweep over Finlandia

ADRIAN, Mich.--Fifteen different skaters registered at least one point and host Adrian College limited Finlandia University to just eight shots on goal, as the Bulldogs roared past the Lions, 9-1, in a Northern Collegiate Hockey Association men's hockey contest at Arrington Ice Arena on Saturday. Nationally-ranked Adrian (No. 3 D3hockey/No. 5 USCHO) ups its record to 7-1-1 overall and 6-1-1 in the NCHA-South, while the Lions fall to 1-6-3 and 1-5-2 in the conference.

The Bulldogs' power-play also shined by converting 3-of-5 opportunities with the man-advantage. Freshman Bryan Yim, junior Jeremy Olinyk and sophomore Austin Rust were credited with power-play tallies.

Senior alternate captain Chris Leone and Yim led the Adrian offense with two goals and an assist apiece, while Rust was credited with his first two goals of the season.

Freshman Trevor Boyd gave the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead just 4 minutes and 11 seconds into the contest when he took a pass from sophomore Taylor McCloy and went top shelf into the right corner of the goal from inside the left face-off circle.

Then late in the first period, Rust rifled a slap shot just above the right face-off circle to beat the goaltender over his left shoulder. Rust's first goal of the season which proved to be the game-winner was assisted by freshmen Brian Bachnak and Cory Dunn.

With Adrian holding a commanding 4-0 lead in the second period, Finlandia scored its only goal of the afternoon while killing off a penalty. When the puck hopped over the stick of a Bulldogs' stick at the right point, Thomas Clayton took advantage and sped the other way on a mini-breakaway to score unassisted on the backhand at 11:14. But just 34 seconds later, Olinyk netted AC's second power-play tally of the stanza to make it 5-1.

Adrian, which unleashed a season-high 70 shots for the third-most in school history, scored four times in the third period to ease to its fourth-straight win.

Besides Leone and Yim, Bulldogs who also notched multi-point games included Dunn (2 assists), Olinyk (1 goal, 2 assists) and Rust.

The Bulldogs will concentrate on final exams next week and then close the fall semester next Saturday for a road date at Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y. The opening face-off at Bill Gray's Regional Iceplex is scheduled for 4 p.m.


(Photo courtesy of Mike Dickie / Story by Patrick Stewart)