ADRIAN, Mich. -- The depth of fifth-ranked Adrian was evident on Saturday as two defensemen found the back of the net in a 3-1 win against Concordia (Wis.) in front of yet another sellout at Arrington Ice Arena.
After a scoreless first period, junior Ryan Gieseler gave Adrian a 1-0 lead at 12:47 of the second period on the power play. Gieseler used a screen in front of the net by freshman Austin Hervey and shot from the point into the top right corner for his second of the season. Junior Justin Basso and junior Duston Hebebrand each had an assist on the goal.
Concordia stayed in the game thanks to Adrian penalties and capitalized at 8:17 of the third period to tie the game at 1-1. Riley Storzuk scored his first of the season on the power play with assists from Brett Penner and Jordan Thomas. The Falcons put a shot on net and Storzuk found the puck at his feet and fired into a wide open net.
Junior Micki Mihailovich scored the game winner at 12:05 for his first career goal. The Bulldogs put great pressure in their offensive zone and after a frantic scramble it was Mihailovich with a slapshot from the right wing through a screen to give Adrian a 2-1 advantage.
Hebebrand's fourth goal of the season at 17:25 sealed the win. He skated into the zone and fired above the right circle with a wrister into the top right corner with assists from junior Ryan Lowe and freshman Michael Hoy.
Both teams were 1-for-4 on the power play as Adrian has now killed 23 of 25 penalties this season. They are also now 10 of 35 on the man advantage with at least one power play goal in five of six games this season. The Bulldogs improved to 24-0 against the Falcons with a 13-0 home record. The three goals scored ties for the fewest scored in the series by Adrian. The Falcons have scored one goal or fewer in 12 games during the series. Adrian outshot Concordia 34-19 as junior James Hamby stopped 18 shots improving to 5-0.
No. 1 Wisconsin-Eau Claire 2, Bethel (Minn.) 1
BLAINE, Minn. -- Wisconsin-Eau Claire improved to 4-0 after defeating Bethel (Minn.) 2-1 on the road on Saturday night.
The Blugolds (4-0-0) took a 2-0 lead into the second intermission, but the Royals (0-5-1) were determined to make it a game in the third period. A goal at 2:06, cut the lead in half and Bethel continued to fight until the end against the Blugolds. In the final minutes, they had several quality scoring chances, but Tyler Green was able to keep them off the board and preserve the win.
Ross Andersen started the scoring at 6:02 of the first period on an assist from Joe Krause and Daniel Olszewski. At 4:54 of the second period, Krause notched a goal of his own, giving the Blugolds a 2-0 lead. Olszewski notched his second assist of the game on the goal.
No. 2 St. Norbert 4, Lake Forest 1
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- St. Norbert remained unbeaten and untied in 2013-14 with a 4-1 win against Lake Forest in a Northern Collegiate Hockey Association game at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse.
The Green Knights (6-0, 6-0 NCHA) wasted little time getting on the board when Reid Campbell pounded home his first goal of the season just 36 seconds into the game, with Michael Hill and Brandon Hoogenboom assisting.
St. Norbert scored twice 28 seconds apart later in the first period. Mason Baptista finished through a tight opening at 17:53, with Joe Perry and Blake Thompson assisting. Patrick McCadden scored for the second time this season at 18:21, with Cullen Bradshaw and David Jacobson recording helpers.
Jacobson's assist was St. Norbert's first by a goaltender in nearly six years. Kyle Jones recorded the last goaltender assist on Dec. 1, 2007 in a 6-2 win against UW-Superior.
Following a scoreless second period, Erik Cooper scored an unassisted power-play goal just 22 seconds into the third period. It was Cooper's third goal of the season, and on the weekend.
Lake Forest picked up a consolation goal at 6:27 when Justin Pelock scored following a St. Norbert defensive zone turnover.
No. 3 Plattsburgh State 1, Buffalo State 1
BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Plattsburgh State settled for a three-point weekend as the Cardinals skated to a 1-1 overtime tie at Buffalo State in a State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) matchup Saturday evening.
Plattsburgh State (4-0-1, 4-0-1 SUNYAC) jumped out to an early lead when Dillan Fox tallied a backhanded goal at 5:09 of the first period from Alex Jensen and Mark Constantine.
The Cardinals held on to that one-goal lead until the opening minutes of the third period when Buffalo State (3-2-1, 3-2-1 SUNYAC) got the equalizer on Kyle Whipple's second of the season at the 3:37 mark.
With a 6-1 advantage in shots on goal and a pair of power plays in overtime, Plattsburgh State was not without chances in the extra session. One of those opportunities came with 11 seconds left when the Cardinals pushed the puck in on a scramble, but the puck crossed the line after the whistle prompting the officials to wave off the goal.
No. 4 Norwich 8, New England 1
BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Two goals from senior forward Chris Duszynski paced a balanced attack for Norwich as the Cadets pulled away to an 8-1 ECAC East victory against New England on Saturday afternoon at the Harold Alfond Forum.
Tied 1-1 after the first period, Norwich netted three goals in the second and four more in the third to improve to 4-0 on the season (3-0 ECAC East). The Nor'easters dip to 2-3-1 overall, 1-3 in league play.
For the Cadets, senior Travis Janke and freshmen Cody Smith, Brian Rowland, and Dmitry Ermakov each tallied a goal and an assist. Senior Shane Gorman notched three assists to help setup the offense.
Junior Matic Marinsek turned aside 16 shots to earn the win in goal for Norwich, while UNE junior Colby Drost made 39 saves in a busy afternoon on the other end of the ice.
No. 6 Wisconsin-Stevens Point 6, St. Mary's (Minn.) 4
WINONA, Minn. -- Six goals during the final two periods sent Wisconsin-Stevens Point to a 6-4 non-conference win against Saint Mary's on Saturday night at SMU Ice Arena.
The win ran the Pointers (6-0-0) winning streak to six games to start the season. Scott Henegar and Garrett Ladd each scored twice, while Kyle Brodie and Kyle Heck each tallied a goal and an assist in the game.
The Cardinals (2-4-0) were the first team to score first against UW-Stevens Point this season, and the hosts took a 2-1 lead in the middle of the second period. Goals by Jed McGlasson and Bob Marx sandwiched a power-play goal by Ladd to put Saint Mary's on top.
No. 7 Bowdoin 2, Middlebury 2
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. -- Middlebury and Bowdoin skated to a 2-2 tie in the opening game of the season for both teams in Kenyon Arena on Saturday night.
The seventh-ranked Polar Bears (0-0-1, 0-0-1 NESCAC) still trail the Panthers (0-0-1, 0-0-1 NESCAC) with a series record 29-39-7. The two teams last met in the NESCAC Semifinals, hosted by Bowdoin, where the Polar Bears battled to a 4-2 win advancing and ultimately winning the conference title.
Kendall Culbertson scored first for Bowdoin, and after the Panthers went ahead 2-1 at the end of the second period, John McGinnis scored a third-period goal to tie the game.
No. 8 Hobart 1, Brockport 1
GENEVA, N.Y. -- Hobart played through 65 minutes to a 1-1 tie with visiting Brockport in a non-league game on Saturday at the Cooler. The Statesmen (2-1-3) went to overtime for the second night in a row and the fourth time this season.
Brockport is now 2-3-1 this year. First-year Tim Keegan played all 65 minutes in goal for Hobart in his first collegiate start. He turned aside 23 shots. Jared Lockhurst played all 65 minutes and made 44 saves.
The Statesmen outshot the Golden Eagles 16-6 in the opening period, but could not get on the board. Brockport struck first at 9:14 in the second. Shane Cavalieri capitalized on a power play after passes from Chase Nieuwendyk and Bobby Chayka.
With just 38 seconds remaining in the middle period, first-year Carl Belizario tied things up for the Statesmen. He took a pass from junior Terrence O'Neill and carried the box into the zone, lifting his shot into the top right corner of the goal. It was Belizario's second goal this season.
In the third period, Hobart held an 11-7 edge in shots, but neither team was able to get the go-ahead goal, sending the game into overtime. The Statesmen once again had the upper hand in shots, this time 7-4, but no one could find the back of the net and the game ended in a tie.
No. 9 Utica 6, Neumann 2
ASHTON, Pa. -- Utica pulled away by scoring three third-period goals on its way to a 6-2 victory against host Neumann in ECAC Men's West Conference play on Saturday night. The Pioneers improved to 5-1 overall and 4-1 in the ECAC after the weekend sweep of Manhattanville (Friday night) and the Knights (1-3-1, 1-3-1 ECAC West). UC now sits atop the conference standings with eight points.
Utica's Trever Hertz and Adam Graff each netted one goal and added one assist, while freshman Luc Boby, sophomore Nick Miglio, junior Louie Educate and senior Jon Gaffney each added a goal of their own.
Utica goalie Nick Therrien stopped 24 shots in the victory.