ANGOLA, Ind. -- The Trine University ACHA D2 men's hockey team defeated visiting Adrian College by the score of 4-2.
Both teams finished the first period without a goal. The Bulldogs finally started off the scoring with 12 minutes left in the second period with an unassisted goal.
The Thunder responded just a few minutes later when sophomore defender Josh Hinderliter (Wyandotte, Mich.) fired a shot from the point for the goal. Freshman Dakota Davis (Nashville, Tenn.) and senior Braeden Pearl (Vankleek Hill, Ontario) recorded assists on the goal.
Trine added to their lead with just over two minutes left in the period when Davis put back a rebound off a save of Pearl's shot. Sophomore Niccolo Mombelli (Solothurn, Switzerland) also added an assist on the goal.
Just over a minute later sophomore Spencer Johnson (Novi, Mich.) poked away the puck from an attacking Adrian player. Sophomore Brandon Bornkamp (Fort Wayne, Ind.) was there to scoop it up. He would go the entire length of the ice and score the goal to give the Thunder a 3-1 lead.
Most of the third period would pass with Trine holding the 3-1 lead. With just under three minutes remaining in the period however the Bulldogs won a faceoff in their offensive end. A back line player wasted no time in firing a shot from past Trine's goaltender, freshman James Fry (Columbus, Ind.).
The goal brought Adrian within one of Trine at the score of 3-2. The Bulldogs immediately looked to pull their goalie for the extra attacker looking for the equalizing goal. But the Thunder kept the goalie in net with a few crucial blue line takeaways.
Trine would score their final goal with the opposition's goaltender rushing back to the net. Junior Tanner Bennett (Columbus, Ind.) scored the goal with Davis adding his second assist of the evening, giving the Thunder the 4-2 victory.
Fry finished the game with 21 saves in goal for the Thunder despite giving up the two goals.
Trine improves to 7-6 following the victory. They will take the ice again on Friday, November 30 when they travel to face Michigan State. The game is scheduled to start at 8:30 p.m.