The Bulldogs' last loss was in their third game of the 2008-09 season, November 1, 2008.
The Pipers scored first in the match-up between the two nationally
ranked programs, as Kelly Plude (Jr., Elk River, Minn.) scored the first
goal of 2010 at 11:52 in the first. Jordan Van Gilder (So., Lino Lake,
Minn.) and Danny Vranek (Jr., New Port Richey, Fla.) earned the assists.
Adrian tied the game on a power play at 19:26, sending the teams into the locker room tied at 1-1.
The game was tied once again after the next twenty minutes of play,
as each team tallied three goals in the second. The Bulldogs jumped out
to a 3-1 lead by scoring a short-handed goal at 10:04 and then an
even-strength tally at 13:14.
Vranek then cut the Adrian lead to one goal just 36 seconds later,
scoring on assists from Taylor Vichorek (Fy., Moose Lake, Minn.) and Van
Gilder. Vranek's goal came on a rebound off a shot by Vichorek.
Adrian extended their lead to two goals once again at 17:54 on a
power play score, but the Pipers put the puck in the net twice in the
final minute of the period for the 4-4 tie after 40 minutes.
Alex Lunbohm (Jr., Roseau, Minn.) won a face-off in the offensive
zone just inside of one minute to play in the period. Spencer Anderson
(Jr., Chicago, Ill.) recovered the puck and tipped it to Jay Fifield
(Jr., Eden Prairie, Minn.) on the blue line, who one-timed it in at
19:10. The game marked the debut of both Anderson and Fifield as Pipers.
36 seconds later, Kyle Kurr (Sr., Elk River, Minn.) set up 15 feet in
front of the net and slammed home a shot on passes from Brian Arrigoni
(So., Saint Paul, Minn.) and Ryan Kupperman (Jr., Canterbury, N.H.) to
tie the game.
The Pipers took the lead back at 7:10 in the third as Anderson added a
power play goal to his stat sheet off of passes from Chris Berenguer
(Jr., Eden Prairie, Minn.) and Kupperman.
Cory Krogen (Sr., Marshall, Minn.) then tallied his first goal of the
season, which turned out to be the game-winner, at 13:42. Anderson and
Fifield combined for the assists.
Adrian's final goal came at 17:37. The Bulldogs pulled their goalie
with 19 seconds remaining, but couldn't send the game into overtime.
The two newest members of the Piper line-up combined for five points,
as Anderson had a goal and two assists while Fifield tallied one of
With the non-conference win, the Pipers improve to 7-1-2 overall and
the Bulldogs suffer their first loss of the season and sit at 10-1-0
overall. The same two teams will meet again tomorrow, Saturday, January
2, at 4:00 p.m. at Drake Arena.