Oberlin Drops Physical Decision at Adrian

Adrian, MI Oberlin dropped a physical 8-5 decision to Adrian on Wednesday night at Docking Stadium. Sophomore Nick Lobley racked up goals 12 and 13 to lead the team on the young season, but it wasn't enough.

The Bulldogs netted the first two goals of the game, but the Yeomen broke through in the closing moments of the first quarter as rookie John Firestone deposited his fifth goal of the year.

Oberlin would go on to score the next two goals as Lobley finished off a Matthew Fox assist before senior Connor Jackson gave the Yeomen a brief 3-2 lead with 6:54 left in the first half. Adrian would get back to even on Eric Fanell's second goal of the game, but Fox would send Oberlin into the intermission with a 4-3 lead as he recorded his sixth score of the year with just 10 seconds left in the opening half.

The Bulldogs controlled the third period, out-shooting the Yeomen 13-3 and scoring the only two goals of the stanza to take a 5-4 advantage into the fourth quarter.

Adrian's Tom Thielman finished off a man-up opportunity to start the fourth, but Lobley's second score of the night would later cut the Bulldogs' lead down to one at 6-5. Unfortunately, Adrian would tack on two more fourth-quarter goals to put the game away.

The Bulldogs (3-1) finished with a 40-22 advantage in shots and won the ground ball battle 23-15. However, Oberlin won 11 of 17 face-offs and was a very efficient 12 of 14 on clears. Adrian was also very good with 17 successful clears on 19 attempts.

Facing 40 shots, Erickson Andrews was a busy man but he did his part in keeping the Yeomen close with 12 saves.

Oberlin (4-2) will now open conference play against Ohio Wesleyan on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The Yeomen are finally hoping to play on Fred Shults Field, but if the field is not playable, the game will be played at Baldwin Wallace.

2014-03-19



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