Men's Hockey Weekly Preview: NESCAC Quarterfinals

Men's Hockey Weekly Preview: NESCAC Quarterfinals

This Week: The Trinity College men's hockey team wrapped up the regular season last weekend, splitting a pair of games versus Wesleyan, to move to 17-5-2 overall. The Bantams, who clinched the No. 1 spot in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship Tournament a week earlier, will host the No. 8-seed Tufts University Jumbos on Saturday for the right to play in next weekend's semifinals. Trinity is the top seed in the tournament for the fourth time and the second time in the last four years as they look to defend their back-to-back championships from the past two winters.

Match-ups:
Trinity (17-5-2) v. Tufts (5-15-4)
Saturday, Feb. 26, 2018 at 1:00 p.m.
Williams Rink at the Koeppel Center
Hartford, Connecticut
Live Stats
Live Video

History versus Tufts: Trinity has dominated the all-time series, posting a 32-5-1 all-time record against the Jumbos dating back to the first-ever matchup during the 1986-87 season.

Last time out against the Jumbos: The Bantams swept Tufts during the regular season with scores of 5-1 and 4-1. The last time these two teams met in the postseason was last year's quarterfinals where Trinity came away with a 4-1 victory as well.

Scouting the Jumbos: Tufts has earned a spot in the NESCAC Championship field for the third consecutive season and is seeking its third semifinal appearance in four years. The Jumbos are allowing just over three goals per contest while tallying 47 scores themselves. The Jumbos are just 1-7-2 on the road this season with the lone road victory coming out of conference at the Catamount Radio Invitational in November. 

Game Notes:

- The Bantams are highest scoring team in the NESCAC, averaging 3.29 goals per game, and also are the nation's fourth-leading team in scoring defense (1.77 GAA). Trinity has outscored its opponents 79-42 thus far this winter.

- Senior captain Anthony Sabitsky leads the team with 21 points (9g, 12a, T8th in NESCAC) while sophomore Liam Feeney is second with 20 points (4g, 16a). Feeney is tied for the league lead in assists (16) while rookie James Callahan is tied for fifth (14a). Callahan is also tied for fifth in the NESCAC in power play scoring (.33 ppg) and is tied for fifth on the team in scoring, along with junior Ryan Pfeffer (8g, 8a). Pfeffer netted his first career game-winner in Trinity's victory over Wesleyan last weekend. Sophomore Barclay Gammill leads the squad with 10 goals (T7th in NESCAC) and is third on the team with 19 points.

- Sabitsky is tied for the second in the conference in power play goals (5) while rookie Dylan Healey leads the NESCAC lead in short-handed points (0.12 ppg). Healey is also second in the league with four game-winners while Feeney tops the NESCAC in defenseman scoring and Callahan is the third highest-scoring rookie in the NESCAC (0.67 ppg). 

- Senior netminder Alex Morin ranks second in the NESCAC in goals allowed average (1.83 GAA) while playing over 1,300 minutes in net so far (2nd most in NESCAC). Morin is saving 92.8% of shots he sees and is 15-5-2 on the year (.727 win percentage, 2nd in NESCAC). 

- The Bantams climbed back to No. 5 in the D3hockey.com poll but fell to No. 8 in the USCHO poll. The Bantams are the league's lone representative in the top-15 with Hamilton on the outside receiving votes.