HANCOCK, Mich. - One for the thumb sounds pretty good for the Adrian College men's hockey team as they captured their fifth straight Midwest Collegiate Hockey Association regular season championship with a 2-0 road win at Finlandia University on Saturday, Feb. 18. This year's team had a huge responsibility to continue the winning tradition and they passed the test with an overall record of 19-5-1 and a 17-2-1 record in the league. For the past five years, Adrian has compiled an outstanding 94-4-2 MCHA regular season record. The Bulldogs will now have a bye as the number one seed in the 2012 Harris Cup playoffs. Adrian will host the Harris Cup Four on March 3-4 at Arrington Ice Arena.
The clinching win came down to textbook defense and just enough offense. After a scoreless first period, Adrian drew first blood at 14:51 of the second period. Freshman Shelby Gray scored his 11th goal of the season at even strength with assists from Josh Cousineau and Justin Basso.
The slim lead stood until the game's final 17 seconds when junior captain Andrew Dovey sealed the win with an empty net goal unassisted for his seventh tally of the year. Adrian outshot Finlandia 34-20 and improved to 11-0 all time against the Lions. Scott Shackell posted his second shutout of the season making 20 saves including nine in the third period. Adrian went 0-for-5 on the power play and held Finlandia to 0-for-6 with just seven shots on goal.