Hockey prepares for back-to-back games against Adrian College


Forward Jon Buttitta faces off against a University of Pittsburgh player on Friday, Nov. 7, 2015.

Bri Figley

The Kent State Hockey Club is using their momentum from last weekend’s three consecutive victories to take on two games against the Adrian College Bulldogs. The Bulldogs are currently second in the Division III NCAA ranking.

“Adrian College is coming off a double-loss, which is unusual for them,” Coach Jim Underwood said. “For this weekend’s game, we’re really focusing on the first 5 to 10 minutes of a simple and clean game (and) eliminating unnecessary turnovers on the ice. We need to force them into playing our game.” 

Coach Rob Hodnicki has led the Bulldogs to easily defeat teams, including Eastern Michigan University, with final scores of 10-1 and 11-0 in back-to-back matches. However, last weekend the team took two close losses to University of Michigan-Dearborn, losing 4-3 in overtime on Friday and 2-1 on Saturday.

“Adrian is a league opponent. We play them every year,” Underwood said. “Last year they beat us 4-3 during the season and 4-2 in semi-finals. They are a very good team, but we always match up with them very well.”

Kent State (13-10) faces Adrian College (17-5) at the Kent State Ice Arena on Friday night and at Arrington Ice Arena on Saturday night.

Both games start at 7:30 pm.

For more information contact Bri Figley at [email protected]