Men's Hockey Weekly Preview: NESCAC Semifinals

Men's Hockey Weekly Preview: NESCAC Semifinals

This Week: The Trinity College men's hockey team knocked off the Tufts University Jumbos last weekend in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) to advance to the semifinal round for the fourth time in the last five years. Standing between the Bantams and the championship game on Sunday are the Williams College Ephs, the No. 4 seed in the tournament, who Trinity will face on Saturday at Hamilton.

Trinity (16-6-3) v. Williams (14-8-3)
Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 1 p.m.
Russell Sage Rink
Clinton, N.Y.

Williams Series History: Trinity holds a 16-16-2 advantage in the all-time series dating back to the 1980-81 season. 

Recent History Versus the Ephs: Trinity split the regular-season series with the Ephs, earning a 3-0 shutout at home on January 6 before falling on the road, 3-1, on February 3.

Scouting Williams: After winning three-straight games to close out the month of January, the Ephs finished the regular season 2-3 heading into the NESCAC Tournament. Last weekend, Williams downed No. 5-seed Amherst College, 2-1, in front of its home crowd in Williamstown. The Ephs enter the game as the second-best power play team in the NESCAC, scoring on 24.9% of their advantage chances.

Game Notes:

- Trinity leads the NESCAC in scoring (4.24 goals per game) and is second in scoring defense (1.84 gpg). The Bantams are also fourth in the conference on the penalty kill and the power play.

- Against Tufts, senior captain Ethan Holdaway led the charge with a pair of goals for Trinity. Holdaway has 18 points to date for the Bantams, despite missing time due to injury.

- Senior captain Sean Orlando and junior forward Tyler Whitney are tied for the conference lead with 1.24 points per game. Senior forward Ryan Cole and junior forward Anthony Sabitsky check in just behind them in a tie for fourth-place (1.12 ppg). 

- Sabitsky leads the conference in goals (16) while Orlando is tied for third with 14. Whitney is tied for the league-lead with 19 assists while Cole and Orlando are tied for fourth with 17. Whitney and Orlando are also 1-2 in the conference in power play scoring while Cole leads the NESCAC with five game-winners.

- Bantam rookies Liam Feeney and Barclay Gammill are third and tied for fourth, respectively, in freshman scoring. Feeney is also tied for fifth in scoring among defensemen, averaging 0.68 points per contest.

- Junior goaltender Alex Morin is third in the league in goals allowed average (1.79) and second in winning percentage (.674). Morin is also third in the NESCAC in total saves with 540.