ADRIAN, Mich.--Junior alternate captain Taylor McCloy led No. 1 overall seed Adrian College with two points on a goal and an assist as the host Bulldogs edged visiting South Division second-seeded Marian University, 2-1, in the 2017 Northern Collegiate Hockey Association Harris Cup Semifinals on Saturday afternoon.
= Location: Weston Rink at Arrington Ice Arena; Adrian, Mich.
= Records: Adrian Bulldogs 19-5-2 overall ; Marian Sabres 15-10-2 overall
= National Rankings: Adrian #4 D3hockey.com, #5 USCHO.com (NCAA West Region: No. 3)
= Sophomore Trevor Boyd and McCloy scored for the Bulldogs.
= Sophomore goalie Kevin Entmaa (W, 14-5-2) had 15 saves.
= Junior Kyle Brothers was credited with an assist.
= Junior team captain Mathew Thompson won 10 of 13 draws in the face-off circle.
= Sophomore Connor Armour was 9-for-13 on face-offs and he had five shots.
= Classmate Cory Dunn led all student-athletes with eight shots on goal from his defensive position.
= Jake Howie scored the Sabres' lone goal with Adrian on the power play.
= Goaltender Mike Baldwin (L, 13-7-2) stopped 34 of 36 shots he faced, keeping Marian in the contest.
= Brodie Jamieson led all face-off men with 14 wins on 23 attempts.
HOW IT HAPPENED
= McCloy deposited his 10th goal of the season with just 50 seconds left in the second period to snap a 1-all tie. He is credited with his fourth game-winning goal, which is tied for seventh on the Adrian single-season chart.
= Adrian attacked the Marian goal by outshooting the visitors 36 to 16.
= Boyd put the Bulldogs on the scoreboard with 38 seconds remaining in the first period, stuffing home a rebound over the goal line for his team-leading 16th goal of the season.
= Howie scored a shorthanded tally to tie it 1-1 with 4 minutes and 16 seconds gone in the second stanza.
= The teams were scoreless in the third period. Marian pulled Baldwin for the final 2:30 in favor of an extra skater, but couldn't get the equalizer due to a stingy AC defense that did not allow a shot on goal during that time. Adrian also was whistled for a penalty so the Sabres had a 6-on-4 for the last 32 seconds before the final horn.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Adrian is the two-time defending Harris Cup champion and is making its ninth appearance in the conference tournament finals.
= Entmaa has equaled his win total from last year's freshman campaign. He is 28-6-2 in his career.
= McCloy has six career game-winning goals which are third among active Bulldogs and in the top-10 all-time in team history.
= The Bulldogs are 25-2 all-time in the conference playoffs.
= Since its inaugural 2007-08 campaign, Adrian has appeared in the Harris Cup title game in 2008-09-10-11-12-13-15-16-17 (with seven championships).
= Boyd also scored 16 goals as a freshman and has extended his career high for points (32) this season.
= Brothers has 25 assists to tie his personal record, set during his 2015 freshman year.
= The Bulldogs have a season's best seven game winning streak--allowing two goals or less in the last six.
= Adrian will host the 2017 NCHA Harris Cup Finals versus the St. Norbert/St. Scholastica winner (to be played later tonight) next Saturday, March 4, starting at 7:05 p.m. Ticket information to be announced at a later date.
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