GENEVA, Ill.--For the second day in a row, the nationally-ranked Adrian College (No. 2 D3hockey, No. 3 USCHO) men's hockey team employed a balance offense to steamroll host Aurora University, 11-0, on Saturday at the Fox Valley Ice Arena.
Owning the nation's longest current unbeaten streak at 13 games, the Bulldogs improve to 12-1-1 on the season and 8-1-1 in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association South Division. The Spartans, who are a newcomer to the NCHA, drop to 1-11-1 overall and 1-6-1 in the South.
Matson also was instrumental in helping the Bulldogs dominate another aspect of the game besides the scoreboard and special teams--the face-off circle. He won 14 of 16 draws as AC claimed 47 of the 66 face-offs in the contest.
Junior goalie Tyler Parks (3-1-1) stopped all 13 shots he faced for his first collegiate shutout, while helping Adrian lower its scoring defense to 1.86 goals per game.
Pinkerton and senior assistant captain Chris Leone provided all the offense Parks would need with power play goals coming 4 minutes and 5 seconds apart by the 8:30 mark of the first period. The Bulldogs went on to tack on four goals in the second and five more in the third.
The 11 goals mark the most since an 11-2 win over Northland earlier this season, Adrian scored five power play goals for the first time since Jan. 3, 2014, at Buffalo State, the largest margin of victory matches a 12-1 win at Northland on Nov. 3, 2012, and the Bulldogs set a team record for the largest shutout victory.
On Friday, Adrian had seven different goal-scorers and five recorded multi-point games in a convincing 8-1 triumph over the Spartans. Today, 13 Bulldogs registered at least one point, including freshman Connor Armour who compiled a career-best four assists.
Adrian will take its NCAA Division III-leading offense (5.64 goals/game, 3.79 scoring margin) into a NCHA home series next weekend against Lake Forest on Friday (7:05 p.m.) and Saturday (3:05 p.m.) at Arrington Ice Arena.
(Photo by John Hoy; story by Patrick Stewart)