Griffins Survive Rally to Defeat Adams State

ALAMOSA, Colo. Westminster overcame an early deficit to defeat Adams State (Colo.) 11-10 on Tuesday afternoon. Westminster improves to 3-3 overall this season with the win over the NCAA DII opponent. The non-MCLA game for the Griffins also counts as an exhibition for Adams State.

Bryan Tyrrell opened the scoring for the Griffins with a goal from Kyle Postler less than two minutes into the contest. Adams State would then score four straight goals from four different players to hold a 4-1 advantage early in the second quarter.

Cole Christensen would tally a man-up goal at the 13:40 mark of the second to start a string of seven consecutive goals by Westminster. Jake Arthur and Tyrrell would each score twice during the run with Postler adding one goal and two assists. When Tyrell scored his second goal, Westminster held an 8-4 lead with 12:04 left in the third quarter.

After the teams split the game's next two goals, Adams State would score four straight to level the game at 9-9 with 4:17 left in the fourth quarter. Arthur took advantage of an extra-man opportunity by notching his fourth goal of the game with 3:37 to play. Collin Madsen would then score unassisted at the 2:04 mark to give Westminster the lead at 11-9.

Kevin Bertrand scored for Adams State with 1:25 to play to cut the Griffins lead to just one. Madsen would win the ensuing faceoff, but the Griffins would commit a turnover giving Adams State a final shot to tie the game. Ian Morrison would get a shot away with 38 seconds left only to see it turned aside by Griffin goalie Erik Gronseth to preserve the win.

The Griffins managed 30 shots in the game with 18 of them on cage. They held a 38-32 edge in ground balls and were successful in 14 of 21 clear attempts. Westminster took advantage of three Adams State penalties with two goals.

Arthur scored his four goals on a team-high seven shots and he was matched with four points from Tyrrell and Postler. Madsen won 8 of 10 faceoffs and picked up six ground balls. Gronseth recorded 13 saves to help overcome 18 Griffin turnovers.

Westminster will open RMLC play on Wednesday when they face Western State (Colo.) in Gunnison, Colo. The action wil begin at noon from Walker Field.

2013-02-27



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