@ACBulldogHockey Earns NCHA Road Split After Tough 2-1 Loss at Top-Ranked St. Norbert

@ACBulldogHockey Earns NCHA Road Split After Tough 2-1 Loss at Top-Ranked St. Norbert

ASHWAUBENON, Wis.--Ross Pavek scored a short-handed goal early in the third period and T.J. Black made 31 saves as host St. Norbert College hung on for a 2-1 win on Saturday at the Cornerstone Community Center, snapping the nation's longest unbeaten streak by the No. 2-ranked Adrian College Bulldogs at 16 games (15-0-1).

Adrian falls to 15-2-1 on the season and 11-2-1 in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association South Division, while the No. 1 Green Knights--who had a double-digit unbeaten streak of their own broken by the Bulldogs last night, 5-4--improve to 14-2-1 overall and 10-2 in the NCHA North.

The game-winning goal was set up when an Adrian shot rebounded out long. Noah Nelson's pass from behind the net went to Pavek, whose initial shot was saved by Bulldogs netminder Tyler Parks, but the rebound went back to Pavek who buried the second chance for a 2-1 lead with 13 minutes and 39 seconds remaining. 

Junior alternate captain Daniel Lisi scored the Bulldogs' lone goal with 11:41 left in the second period off an assist from freshman Chase Matson. Lisi's sixth goal of the year was one of 12 AC shots and the game was tied 1-1 after two periods.

Parks, a junior, stopped 13 of 15 shots he faced in the Adrian goal. Less than 24 hours after allowing a season-high five goals to the Bulldogs, St. Norbert turned to Black, a freshman, who responded by deflecting 31 of 32 shots.

St. Norbert took a 1-0 lead when Michael Hill scored a power-play goal at the 17:05 mark of the first period.

Adrian had an extra attacker on for the final 1:39 of the game, but couldn't get the equalizer.

The Bulldogs return home next Friday and Saturday for the program's alumni weekend when they host NCHA opponent Lawrence at 7:05 p.m. Friday and 3:05 p.m. Saturday at Arrington Ice Arena.


(Editor's note: Photo courtesy of John Hoy, and St. Norbert Athletics contributed to this game recap.)