BLOOMINGTON, Minn.--The Adrian College men's hockey team earned another top-4 national preseason ranking this week--No. 3 in the D3hockey.com poll. The Bulldogs received one first-place vote among 261 total points, trailing only defending NCAA Division III champion Wisconsin-Stevens Point (299 points, 19 first-place votes) and St. Norbert (265 points).
The D3hockey.com Top 15 is voted on by a panel of 20 coaches, Sports Information Directors and media members from across the country, and is published weekly.
Adrian drops the puck on its 10th season anniversary this weekend when it hosts Northern Collegiate Hockey Association foe Milwaukee School of Engineering for a two-game series at Arrington Ice Arena. Friday's opening face-off is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., and then the teams meet again at 3:05 p.m. Saturday.
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The Bulldogs, who are the two-time defending Peters (regular season) and Harris (tournament) cups champion in the NCHA, return 19 student-athletes off last season's squad that earned their sixth NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey Championship berth and finished 24-4-1 overall.
All told, Adrian returns 72.4 percent of the offense and 76.0 percent of the point-scoring from the 2015-16 season. In fact, the Bulldogs did not have a senior among their top eight scorers a season ago. In addition, NCHA All-Freshmen goalie Kevin Entmaa (2.12 GAA, .926 Save%) is back for his sophomore season after leading the nation in winning percentage at .933 on a 14-1 record.
2016 NCHA Freshman of the Year and USCHO.com Division III National Rookie of the Year Connor Armour (F/38 pts/8G/30A), all-conference and junior captain Mathew Thompson (F/37 pts/16G/21A), 2016 All-NCHA Freshmen Bryan Yim (F/33 pts/13G/20A), 2015 All-NCHA pick junior Kyle Brothers (F/32 pts/9G/23A) and HERO Sports, AHCA/CCM, D3hockey.com All-America sophomore defenseman Cory Dunn (D/31 pts/6G/25A) all topped the 30-point barrier.