Bulldogs Hand Falcons First Loss | Postgame Interviews
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It was Adrian's home opener and the Bulldogs made sure the fans got to see some goals.
Seven of them, in fact.
In a game between a pair of early-season unbeatens, the Bulldogs pulled away, in a big way, and shutout Concordia-Wisconsin. Josh Ranalli continued his tear through the first three weeks of the season, bagging a hat trick to up his goal total to eight on the year. That's in just five games played.
"It's just all four lines going at the same time," said Ranalli. "Everyone's on the same page."
Seven Adrian players posted multi-point nights. The seven goals were a season high, although they've struck for five and six already this year.
Concordia came in with high hopes after sweeping Lawrence to open the year and splitting with No. 13 St. Scholastica last weekend.
But with Adrian fired up to play in front of the home fans and the Falcons getting their legs back after a five and a half hour bus trip, the situation was not in their favor.
"We got a little rattled," said Falcon head coach Jasen Wise. "We got focused on the officials, on the stuff after the whistle and Adrian has one of the top power plays in the country, every year. We gave them some opportunities and they capitalized."
Adrian scored twice with the man-advantage, its ninth and tenth power play goals of the year.
The teams mixed it up late in the second period, with a dozen penalties being handed out at 15:34.
James Hamby earned a 24-save shutout and moved his record to 4-0.
Game Log, from nchahockey.org
Nov1, at Northland (2 goals)
Nov 2, at Northland (2 goals)
Nov 8, at MSOE (1 goal, 1 assist)
Nov 9, at MSOE (2 assists)
Nov 15, vs Concordia (3 goals)