2019 ACHA National Championships Begin Today
Date: Mar 21, 2019
Adrian College netminder Austyn Roudebush stopped all 23 shots on goal from 3rd-ranked Lindenwood University as the Bulldogs (No. 2) blanked the Lions 4-0 in the first semi-final game of the 2018 ACHA Men’s Division I National Championships at the OhioHealth Ice Haus at Nationwide Arena Monday evening.
Joe Costelle, a sophomore, put Adrian College on the board first with a wrister from the left corner at 4:31 in the opening period.
Lindenwood’s defense helped midway into the period, killing a 5-on-3 power-play with nine minutes remaining as both teams would try to wear the other one down.
Jordan Oshowy gave the Bulldogs a 2-0 lead at 6:36 into the second period when he scored his first goal and third point of the Championships with a power-play goal from top of the point.
Adrian quickly jumped to a commanding 3-0 lead nearly three minutes later. Lindenwood netminder Cooper Seedott tried to clear the puck up the middle from behind the net only to find a well-positioned Marcus Rose redirect the puck into a wide open net for the Bulldogs’ second power-play goal of the period and the game.
Despite extending the lead 22 seconds earlier, Bulldogs freshman Kyle Perkowski received a 5-minute major and a 10-minute misconduct, ejecting him from the game, after giving a stick to the face of Lindenwood’s Tommy Heinzman.
Mike Finger stretched the Bulldogs lead to 4-0 at 2:46 into the final frame. The freshman forward crossed in front of the crease to score his first goal and point of the Championships. Rose and Archie McKinnon assisted on the play that would eventually become the final score.
Adrian College will play the winner of semi-final game #2 between top-ranked Minot State and 5th-seed University of Illinois.
Robert Ernsting recorded three assists and Thomas Kolaz scored a pair of goals to lead the 5th-ranked University of Illinois to a 4-2 victory over top-ranked Minot State University in the second semi-final game of the ACHA National Championships Monday night at the OhioHealth Ice Haus at Nationwide Arena.
Both teams came out swinging, each scoring a pair of goals in the opening period. Minot State’s Blake Fournier scored first at 8:20 before Kolaz responded for the Fighting Illini with a power-play goal 1:23 later to even the score.
Beavers’ senior captain Eric Bollefer and Derrick Brooks helped Minot State regain the lead at 10:51 when they found defenseman Kyle Lipinski skating from the left side open for his first goal and third point of the Championships.
The Beavers would hold the 2-1 lead until 19.7 seconds remained in the first period. Illinois’ Joe Nolan scored his first goal of the Championships on the power-play from top of the point to make it 2-2.
Midway in the second period, Ernsting and Stephen Quinn assisted on Kolaz’s second goal of the game to give Illinois the lead, 3-2, with a one-time shot while skating toward the net.
The Fighting Illini would seal the deal with an empty-net goal with less than a minute remaining in regulation when senior forward James Mcging flipped the puck down the length of the ice to make it 4-2.
Illinois will face Adrian College in the National Championship game Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the OhioHealth Ice Haus at Nationwide Arena.