Chris Stansik scored the first goal for the varsity men's Bulldog program just over 11 minutes into the game, bringing the sold-out crowd to their feet.
After taking the 1-0 lead into the locker room at intermission, the Bulldogs errupted for four second period goals. Shawn Skelly scored back-to-back goals for AC while Brad Houston and Adam Krug both found the back of the net for the Bulldogs in the same period, giving the hosts the strong 5-0 lead.
Potsdam got on the board midway through the third period when Jeff Zatorski converted a power-play opportunity for the Bears. The Bulldogs, however, came back with four unanswered goals by Krug, Eric Miller, Quinn Waller and Jeremy Klaver, giving the hosts the 9-1 victory.
Brad Fogal and Jeremy Cross both played in goal for the Bulldogs in the win. Fogal recorded over 51 minutes of playing time and picked up the victory in goal.
Rob Barnhardt had the loss in goal for the Bears.
Head coach Ron Fogarty commented on his team's performance in their highly-anticipated debut.
"I am happy with the way we preformed in front of the people that made Adrian Hockey possible," Fogarty said.
With the official dedication of the new ice arena taking place before the game, many of the donors who made ice sports possible at Adrian College were on hand to witness the Bulldog victory.
Fogarty is looking forward to the opportunity to see how his players do in the second game of the series against the visitors from Potsdam.
"We know that Potsdam will be ready (Saturday) and we need to be proactive in our play," added Fogarty.
Adrian had to settle for a split Saturday night as the Bears rebounded for a 6-4 win.
The Bulldogs are at Neumann College (Ashton, Pa.) for two games this Friday and Saturday.