Balanced Offense Leads @ACBulldogHockey to NCHA-South Road Sweep of Lake Forest

Junior Austin Rust scored his third goal of the season to start the second period, which proved to be the game-winner.
Junior Austin Rust scored his third goal of the season to start the second period, which proved to be the game-winner.

LAKE FOREST, Ill.--The nationally-ranked Adrian College men's hockey team got goals from five different scorers en route to a 5-2 victory Saturday at Lake Forest College in Northern Collegiate Hockey Association action.

THE BASICS
= Final Score: Adrian 5, Lake Forest 2  Box / Text / Sheet

= Location: Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse; Lake Forest, Ill.

= Records: Adrian Bulldogs 12-3-2 overall (11-1 NCHA-South), Lake Foresters (9-8, 5-7 NCHA-South)

= National Rankings: Adrian #6 D3hockey.com, #8 USCHO.com

FOR ADRIAN
= Juniors Kyle BrothersAustin Rust, sophomore Trevor Boyd, and freshmen Dino Balsamo, Vincent Paquette scored for the Bulldogs.

= Sophomore Kevin Entmaa made 29 saves to improve to 8-3-2 on the season.

= Sophomores Cory Dunn and Bryan Yim contributed two assists apiece.

THE OPPOSITION
= Starting goalie George Argiropoulos (6-4) stopped 30 of 35 shots he faced and backup Louis-Philippe De Courcy turned aside all nine shots in the final 16 minutes and 59 seconds of the game.

= Defensemen Mark Esshaki and Connor Duncan both had a goal and an assist.

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Adrian outshot Lake Forest by a 44 to 31 count and scored three of its five goals on the power-play.

= All of the scoring in the first period occurred within a 5:13 span and the teams scored three power-play goals combined. Boyd gave Adrian a 1-0 advantage at 9:38. Esshaki put Lake Forest on the scoreboard at 14:10, but Paquette scored just 41 seconds later to restore the Bulldogs' lead at 2-1.

= In the second period, Rust opened the scoring with his third of the season at 1:27 that proved to be the game-winning goal.

= Later on, Balsamo extended Adrian's lead to 4-1 with a power-play marker at 11:33.

= The teams traded goals in the third period. Brothers netted his sixth of the season on assists from freshmen Vinny Post and Tyler Currie at 3:01, and Duncan scored on a Foresters extra-man opportunity at 14:49.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Adrian has won eight consecutive NCHA road games dating back to last season.

= Adrian has won four games in a row by a combined score of 25-7.

= The Bulldogs have never lost to the Foresters in 24 all-time meetings (23-0-1).

= Boyd leads Adrian with 12 goals and 25 points. 

= Adrian went 3-for-5 on the power play tonight, improving to a 24.0 efficiency for the season--that is 15th in NCAA Division III. The 'Dogs have 25 tallies with the man-advantage and that ranks fourth in the nation.

= Dunn has 19 assists and 24 points to lead Division III defensemen.

= The Bulldogs' offense tops the nation with 85 goals through 17 games.

UP NEXT
= Adrian will host top-ranked St. Norbert College in a rematch of the 2016 NCHA Harris Cup championship next Friday and Saturday at Arrington Ice Arena. The series opener is designated White Out Arrington, with opening puckdrop set for 7:05 p.m. Friday. Saturday's game is scheduled for a 3:05 p.m. start.

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