ADRIAN, Mich. – The first matchup between Adrian and Alma went down to the wire, but the rematch was all Bulldogs on Wednesday night as they defeated the Scots 14-6 in the MIAA Tournament semifinals. Senior Mitch Burgin led the Bulldogs with seven goals to set a season-high and five other players scored a goal in the win.
Adrian (11-4) got off to a great start with the game's first four goals and led 4-1 after the first quarter. Nick Karapas got things going at 6:42 and Burgin added a goal just 33 seconds later. Doug Boyd extended the lead to 3-0 at 4:11 from Karapas and Burgin notched his second of the game at 2:02 from Luke Bill. Quentin Ellis scored at 1:42 of the first from Daniel Buchy to end the scoring in the first.
Adrian continued to convert offensively as they scored five goals in the second to lead 9-2 at intermission. Matt Scherer scored his sixth goal of the season at 13:11 for a 5-1 lead. Buchy scored the second of the night for Alma from Ben Luzar just nine seconds later. Burgin then turned it up a notch scoring four straight times to end the quarter. Karapas assisted on two of the goals and Boyd assisted on another.
The third period was marred by seven penalties against the Bulldogs compared to just one by the Scots. Alma chipped into Adrian's lead in the third outscoring the Bulldogs 3-1 with all three goals on the man-up advantage. Austin Irrer, Marshall Argenta and Buchy scored for Alma and Adam Findlay tallied Adrian's lone goal of the third.
Adrian restored order in the fourth quarter and cruised to the win. The Scots took four penalties in the final quarter and Adrian stayed out of the man-down situation. Boyd scored at 14:25 and then assisted on the next two goals by Burgin and A.J. Smith. Burgin's man-up goal was the first type at 13:00 and Smith scored at 9:37 for a 13-5 lead. Karapas scored man-up at 3:39 from Smith and Irrer ending the scoring for Alma just 14 seconds later from Sam Korbel.
Adrian had 10-of-23 success in the faceoff circle for the game. Each team recorded 33 ground balls and Adrian attempted 35 total shots compared to 31 for the Scots. Brett Farrelly made 11 saves for Adrian. Max Groves led the team with five ground balls. Adrian will now travel to Albion for the MIAA Tournament Final on Saturday (May 2) at 4 p.m.