MILWAUKEE, Wis. – The top two teams in the Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association battled once again on Saturday afternoon (Nov. 12) with Adrian College earning a split for the weekend series with a 3-2 win over MSOE at Kern Center.
The highly anticipated early season series proved to be exciting as the fourth-ranked Bulldogs took a shot from 11th-ranked MSOE on Friday night and came back with a much-needed win on Saturday. The Bulldogs (4-1, 3-1 MCHA) got a good early start in this one against the Raiders (5-1, 5-1 MCHA) with a 2-0 advantage after the first period.
Junior Dan Barczuk scored just 16 seconds into the game with assists from Zach Graham and Josh Ranalli. It was the type of goal which allowed Adrian to breathe a little easier after an uncharacteristic loss the night before. Adrian was not finished as freshman Shelby Gray scored on the power play at 10:23 of the first with assists from senior Chris Stansik and sophomore Josh Cousineau. The point for Stansik moved him past former teammate Quinn Waller into the all-time MCHA career point lead by a defenseman (88).
Adrian went with freshman James Hamby in goal and he faced 14 shots in the first and saved every one of them in a pressure game. The Raiders showed their resolve with a pair of goals in the second period to tie the game at 2-2. Todd Krupa got the home team going on the power play at 1:30 with assists from Michael Thompson and Jordan Keizer. A short while later at 4:04 it was Kevin LoGiudice at even strength from Kyle Smith to thicken the plot.
Freshman Grant Telfer picked a great time for his second goal of the season at 13:18 of the second unassisted which proved to be the game-winner. Hamby stayed calm in net after giving up two goals and made eight saves in the scoreless third period to improve his record to 2-0. Hamby finished with 34 saves while counterpart Connor Toomey made 27 saves falling to 5-1 in net.
This game featured just six penalty minutes with Adrian staying out of the box much better than last night's penalty-riddled contest. AC went 1-of-1 on the power play and MSOE was 1-of-2. Cousineau had a good game in the faceoff circle winning 11-of-17 draws. Adrian has now played three games against nationally-ranked teams in five tries. Hamby lowered his goals against average to 3.22 and raised his save percentage to .906. AC has now outscored their opponents, 10-1, in the first period this season. The Bulldogs continue MCHA action next weekend as they welcome Lake Forest College to Arrington Ice Arena for a Friday and Saturday series, Nov. 18-19, against the Foresters.