Men’s Hockey struggles against Adrian

Jon Mays

The Lawrence men’s hockey team faced nationally 12th-ranked Adrian College in an away doubleheader last weekend, and the Bulldogs proved to be as formidable of an opponent as expected, thrashing the Vikings by a combined score of 18-5.
Adrian (14-3-0, 12-0-0 MCHA), playing at home before a sellout crowd of 1,054, came out strong in the weekend’s first game, outshooting the Vikings (7-8-1, 6-4-1 MCHA) 20-3 in the first period alone. Before Lawrence could get on the board, Adrian had scored six times, with three goals in each of the first two periods.
Jameson Raymond, Gustaf Ahlberg and Marc Howe would score for the Vikings, but their efforts would be in vain, and Adrian went on to a 10-3 victory.
Brad Houston and Shawn Skelly both notched hat tricks for the Bulldogs, who have outscored their opponents 103-25 this season.
The Vikings did not fare much better in the second game of the series, getting off to a similarly slow start in their second effort.
This time, the Bulldogs scored four goals in the first period, with four different players scoring, and Adrian once again jumped out to a six-goal lead before Lawrence could answer.
Jon Bellotti and Chris Sims scored goals for Lawrence, but the Vikings would go on to lose 8-2. Bellotti’s goal came on a penalty shot, while Sims’s goal was the first of his Lawrence career.
The Vikings return to action this weekend when they play a home-and-home series against a middle-of-the-pack MSOE team.