Trinity Men's Hockey Weekly Preview: NCAA Final Four (St. Norbert)

Trinity Men's Hockey Weekly Preview: NCAA Final Four (St. Norbert)

This Week: The Trinity College men's hockey team defeated the Endicott College Gulls, 2-1, in a double overtime thriller in the NCAA Division III Championship Quarterfinals on Saturday to advance to the NCAA Final Four this Friday for the first time since the 2015 title run. The Bantams travel to Utica where they will play St. Norbert on Friday at 3:00 p.m. with the winner advancing to the National Championship game on Saturday.

Match-up:
Trinity (20-6-3) v. St. Norbert (24-3-2)
Friday, March 24, 2017 at 3 p.m.
Utica Memorial Auditorium
Utica, New York
Live Video 

St. Norbert Series History: This is the first ever meeting between the two programs.

Scouting the Green Knights: St. Norbert is making its 17th overall NCAA Division III Tournament appearance, all coming within in the last 21 years. The Green Knights are 28-12-1 all-time in NCAA competition, have reached 11 Frozen Fours, and have won 19 of their last 22 NCAA Tournament games. St. Norbert won national championships in 2008, 2011, 2012 and 2014 and was the national runner-up in 2004, 2006, 2010 and 2016.

Game Notes:

- Trinity is playing in its sixth NCAA Division III Tournament and playing in its third Frozen Four. The Bantams are 9-4 all-time in the tournament and won the national championship in 2015.

- Trinity ranks third in the nation in scoring defense, allowing just 1.79 goals per game. 

- Senior captain Sean Orlando and junior forward Tyler Whitney are first and second in the league, respectively, in scoring as Orlando leads the NESCAC with 1.24 points per game while Whitney is second with 1.17. Junior forward Anthony Sabitsky checks in just behind them in third-place (1.14 ppg) while Cole is fourth with 1.10 points per contest. 

- Junior goaltender Alex Morin is second in the league and fifth in the nation in goals allowed average (1.72), and second in the NESCAC in winning percentage (.722). Morin came up clutch this weekend, making 49 saves to keep the Bantams in it against Endicott.

- Earlier this year, Orlando became the 21st Trinity player in program history to reach the 100-point plateau. He is currently tied for seventh all-time in points with 130.  Ryan Cole, who surpassed 100 points as a junior, has 141 points to rank fifth all-time on the Trinity scoring list.

- Cole leads the entire nation with six game-winning goals.

- On special teams, Trinity has converted 29-of-140 power-play opportunities and successfully killed 113-of-126 penalties this season.  The Bantams have the second most efficient penalty-kill unit in the country.

- Trinity has been consistent offensively throughout games with 40 goals during first periods, 39 in second periods, and 37 in final periods this winter.  The Bantams have been particularly stingy in middle frames this season with just 14 of their opponents' 52 goals coming in the second stanza.