ADRIAN, Mich.--The Adrian College men's hockey team scored two goals in the final 3 minutes and 13 seconds to seal its second consecutive Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Harris Cup Championship with a 4-1 victory over top-ranked St. Norbert College on Saturday evening.
With the win, the Bulldogs gain the NCHA's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey Championship.
More details and a photo gallery to come later...
= Final Score: #1 overall seed Adrian 4, #2 overall seed St. Norbert 1
= Location: Weston Rink at Arrington Ice Arena, Adrian, Mich.
= Records: Adrian Bulldogs (24-3-1, 17-2-1 NCHA-South); St. Norbert Green Knights (23-3-2, 17-2-1 NCHA-North)
= National Rankings: Adrian #2 USCHO.com/#2 D3hockey.com, St. Norbert #1 USCHO/#1 D3hockey)
= Junior Jeremy Olinyk scored a goal and assisted on another.
= Freshman goalie Kevin Entmaa had 23 stops in 31:49 of action before being forced to leave with an injury.
HOW IT HAPPENED
= Junior goalie Tyler Parks relieved Entmaa and played the final 28:11 to earn the win, improving to 8-2-1 on the season. He stopped 15 of 16 shots he faced in an emergency basis with a limited warm-up.
= The Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead after the first period as Yim scored, unassisted, with just 71 seconds left. Yim took advantage of a SNC turnover in the offensive end when the puck jumped over a defenseman's stick and Yim skated the other way on a breakaway, deking forehand and beating the goalie on a backhanded shot.
= Sophomore Taylor McCloy made it 2-0 with his 11th goal of the season on the power-play at the 16:07 mark of the second quarter.
= Adrian got insurance tallies in the final stanza from freshman Connor Armour and junior Jeremy Olinyk.
= Sophomore Tanner Froese tallied an unassisted goal at the 12:14 mark of the third period while the Green Knights were killing off a penalty. Froese, who scored three times during the NCHA Playoffs, scored his sixth goal this season to cut the deficit 2-1 at the time.
= Captain Erik Cooper won 20 of 21 face-offs and Steven Phillips was 8-for-12.
= Michael Hill led St. Norbert with eight shots to top all players.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= The Bulldogs move to 24-2 all-time in the conference playoffs.
= Adrian has captured seven conference tournament titles in 2008-09-10-11-13-15-16 since the program's inaugural campaign during the 2007-08 season.
= Adrian is now 6-5 all-time against SNC, winning five of the past six meetings.
= The Bulldogs are 2-0 in Harris Cup Finals against the Green Knights.
= F--Keegan Bruce, St. Scholastica; F--Erik Cooper, St. Norbert; F--Austin Hervey, Adrian; D-- Blake Thompson, St. Norbert; D--Cory Dunn, Adrian; G--Kevin Entmaa, Adrian; Most Valuable Player--Chris Leone, Adrian
= Adrian will await word from the NCAA Selection Committee on its first national tournament contest, which will be March 12 for the first round or a bye to the quarterfinals on March 19.
(Photos by Mike Dickie)