Another Strong Finish, Another @ACBulldogHockey "W"; Bryan Yim Nets Game-Winner on the Power Play

Another Strong Finish, Another @ACBulldogHockey "W"; Bryan Yim Nets Game-Winner on the Power Play

ASHLAND, Wis.--For the second-straight game, Adrian College scored three goals in the third period with two coming on the power play as the Bulldogs defeated Northland College, 5-3, to sweep their Northern Collegiate Hockey Association road-opening series against the Lumberjacks.

= Final Score: Adrian 5, Northland 3  Box / Text / Sheet

= Location: Bay Area Civic Center; Ashland, Wis.

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs (3-1, 3-1 NCHA-South); Northland Lumberjacks (1-3, 0-2 NCHA-North)

= National Rankings: Adrian #5 D3hockey.com/#7 USCHO.com

FOR ADRIAN
= Junior goalie Dillon Kelley got his first victory of the season while making 25 saves.

= Sophomore Trevor Boyd led all scorers with three points--all on assists.

= Classmate Bryan Yim was one of five Bulldogs who found the back of the net, potting the game-winning goal midway through the final stanza.

= Junior captain Mathew Thompson and Boyd led the team with six shots each.

THE OPPOSITION
= For the second time in as many game, Josh Racek led Northland with two points including a goal and assist. 

Brett Young made his first career start in goal, making 35 saves.

= Defensemen Max Glashauser and Kyle Pouncy had an assist apiece.

= Kalib Ford led the Lumberjacks with five shots on goal.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Yim scored the game-winner, his team-leading fourth goal of the young season, with 8 minutes and 27 seconds left in the game. The power-play tally broke a 3-3 tie and he was assisted by freshman Vincent Paquette and Boyd.

= Senior alternate captain Daniel Lisi padded the Adrian lead to the final margin of victory with his first goal of the season less than 3 minutes later.

= After a scoreless first period, the teams both scored twice in the second. The Bulldogs took a 2-0 lead on first-of-the-season goals by sophomores Chase Matson just 11 seconds in and Brian Bachnak at the 10:54 mark. But the Jacks evened things up when Lucas DeBenedet scored at 14:34 and Racek 2:19 later.

= Ford gave Northland a 3-2 lead to open the third-period scoring at 2:22.

= Then just 1:46 later, sophomore defenseman Cory Dunn tied it with a power play marker.

= The Bulldogs won the shots on goal category, 40 to 28, including 18-9 in the decisive final 20 minutes when Adrian outscored Northland 3-1.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= The Bulldogs move to 23-0 all-time over Northland since the teams first met in Jan. 2008. Adrian is 10-0 on the Jacks' home ice, outscoring the hosts 60-15 in those games.

= Boyd tied his career high with three assists (Jan. 9 at Aurora) and total points (last occurrence: 2g, 1a Jan. 29 vs Lawrence).

= Adrian has registered a power play goal in each of its four games to start the season, including multiple-PPG games the last three outings. The Bulldogs' efficiency is 28.6 percent and are one of the nation's leaders in goals (8) with the man-advantage.

= Boyd paces the NCHA in scoring with nine points on three goals and six assists.

COACH ADAM KRUG '12 AFTER THE GAME
= "Northland is a much improved team and have a really tough rink to play in. Games here are usually kind of ugly.

= "At the end of the day, we're proud of the guys' resiliency to battle through whatever it is that we're dealing with. We've had a couple of guys out of the lineup with injuries, which obviously isn't ideal.

= "Overcoming some early season adversity has us feeling good going into a weekend (Nov. 11-12) with a very good Marian team.

= "We've had some really good third periods which is when you want to be real good. Now it's a matter of putting together a full 60-minute effort."

UP NEXT
= Adrian returns home to Arrington Ice Arena next weekend when it hosts NCHA opponent Marian (Wis.) for contests on Friday (7:05 p.m.) and Saturday (3:05 p.m.). The series is part of a five-game homestand to close the month of November for the Bulldogs.

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(Editor's note: Photos courtesy of John Hoy.)