Host Bulldogs Pepper Saints with 52 Shots on Goal in 3-2 Loss

Saline product Joshua Owings looks for traffic in front of the opponent's net. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)
Saline product Joshua Owings looks for traffic in front of the opponent's net. (Action photo by Mike Dickie)

ADRIAN, Mich.--Despite swarming the St. Scholastica net with 52 shots on goal, Adrian fell on the short end of a 3-2 defeat at the hands of the visiting Saints in a Northern Collegiate Hockey Association men's contest on Friday evening.

THE BASICS
= Final Score: College of St. Scholastica 3, Adrian College 2

= Location: Weston Rink at Arrington Ice Arena; Adrian, Mich.

= Updated Records: St. Scholastica Saints 4-5-1 (3-3-1 NCHA-North), Adrian Bulldogs 6-2-1 (5-2 NCHA-South)

= National Rankings: Adrian is No. 6 (190 points) by U.S. College Hockey Online (USCHO.com)

TOP 'DAWGS
= Freshmen Zachary Heintz and Alessio Luciani scored goals for Adrian. Heintz had a game-high seven shots.

= Sophomore Sam Ruffin won 14 of 25 face-offs, followed by Luciani with 10-for-18.   

THE OPPOSITION
= Carson Rose, Dustin Cordeiro and Nate Pionk scored for the Saints.

= Michael Talbot was 16-for-27 on face-offs, while Pionk contributed 12-of-21

= First Star Zane Steeves stopped 50 of 52 shots he faced. 

HOW IT HAPPENED
= Rose scored what proved to be the game-winning goal with 14 minutes and 17 seconds left in the game. His seventh goal of the season made the score 3-1 at the time.

= The Bulldogs, who pulled the goalie to get an extra attacker, got to within 3-2 on a goal from Heintz on a feed from sophomore Rex Moe with 51 seconds remaining.

= But Adrian couldn't get the equalizing goal to force overtime as Steeves made two saves when Adrian had an extra skater for almost the final 2 minutes.

= Luciani gave Adrian a 1-0 lead as he scored his fourth goal midway through the first period. Junior Joshua Owings gloved down a CSS clearing attempt at his offensive blueline and poked the puck down to Luciani near the goal.

= The Saints tied the score 1-1 on a goal by Cordeiro 5:44 into the second period. Tyler Hinterser and Karl Wright got the assists on his first tally of the season.

= Then at the 12:21 mark later in the stanza, Isaac Kobienia fed Pionk for the go-ahead tally.

= In the first period, Adrian thought it went up 2-0 as Moe pounced on his rebound attempt and the puck went into the back of the net, but the officials disallowed the goal because of a crease violation.

= The Bulldogs outshot the Saints 19-4 in the first period, 19-8 in the second and 14-6 in the third for a grand total of 52 to 18.

= The teams combined for no goals on 11 power-play opportunities (CSS: 0-3; AC: 0-8). 

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
= Adrian has a season-high 190 points in the USCHO.com Division III national rankings.

= Tonight marked the third time already this season that the Bulldogs have had 50 or more shots on goal in a game.

= The Bulldogs see their five-game win streak snapped as the Saints have won the last two meetings.

UP NEXT
= These same two teams conclude their two-game NCHA weekend series at 3:05 p.m. Saturday. 

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