Newly-Minted Top-Ranked @ACBulldogHockey Routs Visiting Lawrence, 8-2

Newly-Minted Top-Ranked @ACBulldogHockey Routs Visiting Lawrence, 8-2

ADRIAN, Mich.--Freshmen Connor Armour and Trevor Boyd each scored two goals to power nationally No. 1-ranked Adrian College to an 8-2 victory Friday over visiting Lawrence University in a Northern Collegiate Hockey Association men's hockey game to kick off the program's alumni weekend at Arrington Ice Arena.

The host Bulldogs improve to 16-2-1 overall and 12-2-1 in the NCHA-South Division, while the Vikings slip to 6-11-1 on the season and 5-7-1 in the North Division.

Junior goalie Tyler Parks stopped 31 of 33 shots he faced to up his record to 6-2-1 in his first year as a Bulldog. 

Lane King and Brendan Vetter led the Vikings with a pair of assists apiece.

Midway through the first period Adrian scored two goals only 26 seconds apart. Armour poked home the puck that was sitting in the crease, following up classmate Bryan Yim's back-hand attempt from close range. Then Boyd connected for a power-play goal to give the Bulldogs a 2-0 advantage at the 11:54 mark.

One minute and 33 seconds later, Nick Felan cut the lead in half with his fourth goal of the season.

The frenetic scoring pace continued 58 seconds after Felan's tally as freshman Cory Dunn restored Adrian's two-goal lead, 3-1.

Sophomore Taylor McCloy closed the scoring in the opening stanza at the 18:34 mark with his fifth goal of the season, assisted by junior Michael Hoy and freshman Chase Matson.

The teams combined for five goals in the final 7:06 of the first period.

Lawrence cut the deficit in half for a second time in the opening 71 seconds of the second period. Josh Koepplinger netted his sixth on the year.

The Bulldogs responded with four unanswered goals--highlighted by two quick, third-period strikes from sophomore alternate captain Mathew Thompson and Armour only 10 seconds apart--to ice the win.

The Bulldogs outshot the Vikings 42 to 33 and killed off all three LU power-play chances.

These same two teams close out their series at 3:05 p.m. Saturday. Before the contest, the 2011 Adrian squad that played runner-up in the NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey Championship game will be honored.