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, 2-0, in last weekend's New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Tournament Quarterfinals to advance to this weekend's semifinals game with a spot in Sunday's championship game on the line. The Bantams, ranked No. 4 in the country by D3hockey.com and the top-seed in the NESCAC tournament, will host No. 7-seed Williams on Saturday with No. 6-seed Colby facing No. 5-seed Wesleyan in the other semifinals matchup.

Match-ups:
NESCAC SEMIFINALS
Trinity (18-5-2) v. Williams (14-10-1)
Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.
Williams Rink at the Koeppel Center
Hartford, Connecticut
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History versus Williams: Trinity and Williams are dead even at 19-19-2 in the all-time series, dating back to the 1980-81 season.

Last time out against the Ephs: The Bantams and Ephs split the regular season series this winter. Williams came away with a decisive, 5-1 victory on its home ice in early January before Trinity returned the favor with a 4-3 triumph in Hartford at the beginning of February.

Scouting the Ephs: After a 4-2 victory over the No. 2-seeded Conn College Camels last weekend, Williams returns to the conference semifinals for the seventh time in the last nine years. The Ephs boast the most successful power play in NESCAC this season, having tallied 19 goals with the man advantage and are 4-0-1 in their last five games. This is Williams' 19th-straight NESCAC Championship appearance.

Game Notes:

- The Bantams are the second-highest scoring team in the NESCAC, averaging 3.24 goals per game, and also are tied for third in the entire country in scoring defense (1.68 GAA). Trinity has outscored its opponents 81-42 thus far this winter.

- Trinity rookie Nicholas Polsinelli scored his second goal of the season and his first career game-winner in the third period to break the scoreless tie against Tufts and help lift the Bantams to the semifinals. Polsinelli has seven points on a pair of goals and five assists this season.

- Senior captain Anthony Sabitsky leads the team with 22 points (10g, 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 sixth (14a). Callahan is also tied for fifth in the NESCAC in power play scoring (.32 ppg) and is tied for fifth on the team in scoring, along with junior Ryan Pfeffer (8g, 8a). Sophomore Barclay Gammill is tied for the team lead with 10 goals (T8th 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 (0.64 ppg). 

- Senior netminder Alex Morin ranks second in the NESCAC in goals allowed average (1.75 GAA) while playing over 1,360 minutes in net so far (most in NESCAC). Morin is saving 93.0% of shots he sees and is 16-5-2 on the year (.739 win percentage, 1st in NESCAC). 

- The Bantams climbed to No. 4 in the D3hockey.com poll and went from No. 8 to No. 6 in the USCHO poll