ADRIAN, Mich.--The nationally-ranked Adrian College men's hockey team begins its quest for a third consecutive Harris Cup trophy on Saturday (2 p.m.) when the Bulldogs host Marian University in the Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Semifinals at the Arrington Ice Arena.
Marian defeated Lake Forest College, 5-2, in a South Division No. 2/3 seed quarterfinal matchup on Wednesday.
The Bulldogs are ranked No. 3 in the second NCAA Division III West Region rankings, slotted as high as fourth in the national rankings by D3hockey.com (No. 5 in USCHO.com), and are 18-5-2 overall and 17-3 in the NCHA South with 34 points--first in the overall league standings and rewarded with No. 1 overall seed in the Harris Cup.
The back-to-back-to-back Peters Cup champions are led by four sophomores who were named Tuesday to the All-NCHA team: forwards Trevor Boyd (Muskegon, Mich./Austin Bruins, NAHL), Bryan Yim (Farmington, Mich./New Jersey Hitmen, USPHL), defenseman Cory Dunn (Trenton, Mich./Austin Bruins, NAHL), and goalie Kevin Entmaa (Milton, Ontario/Caledonia Corvairs, GOJHL).
Dunn is a two-time all-conference selection, recording career highs in goals (8), power-play goals (7), assists (26) and total points (34). He paces NCAA all-Divisions with 34 points among defensemen, which also tops NCHA overall scoring.
Boyd, too, has enjoyed a career year so far that includes 16 assists and 31 points. He has tallied 15 goals, which is one shy of his 2016 freshman total.
Entmaa has compiled a 13-5-2 record overall, 2.15 goals-against average and .915 save percentage. He is one win shy of tying his career high of 14, set as a freshman a year ago.
Yim has produced 13 goals, 14 assists and 27 points totals this winter. His 13 goals tie a personal record. He leads the Bulldogs with nine "impact" goals--five on the power-play, two shorthanded and two game-winners.
For the Marian Sabres, defenseman Gianni Mangone paves the way. A two-time All-NCHA and 2016 all-freshman team standout, Mangone has 22 points on 10 goals and 12 assists from the point. Other top scorers are junior Derek Thorogood with 10+15=25 scoring totals, sophomore Jake Howie (7+16=23) and junior Hunter Stewart (6+15=21). Goalie Mike Baldwin, a senior, is 13-6-2 on the season with a 2.71 GAA and .903 save percentage.
During the regular season, Adrian swept Marian at home 4-2 on Nov. 11 and 6-3 the following day. The 'Dogs lead the all-time series over the Sabres 23-2-2, including 14-1 on home-ice. Adrian boasts the top scoring offense in the NCHA at 4.64 goals per game, which lists fifth in the nation. Marian--with a 3.35 average--is 29th in NCAA Division III. Adrian's recent power-play surge has made it climb to eighth nationally with a 25.5 percent efficiency (37/145). Marian has scored 25 times in 149 extra-man opportunities for a 16.8 clip.
Tickets for reserved seats went on sale Sunday online at Etix.com. General admission will go on sale in the Arrington lobby at 12:30 p.m. on the day of the game. The cost for reserved seat is $10 per person, general admission (standing room) is $5 per person, Senior (over 60)/Youth (under 12) $5 per person, and students are free with Adrian College ID cards.
This season, each round in the Harris Cup is single elimination.
In Saturday's other NCHA semifinal, St. Scholastica--a 3-1 winner tonight over Northland--will play at North No. 1 seed St. Norbert later that night. Saturday's winners will meet on Saturday, March 4, for the Harris Cup championship game at the higher seed.
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