ADRIAN, Mich.--It will be a barn-burner in Arrington Ice Arena on the Adrian College campus this weekend. That's because NCAA Division III men's hockey powers St. Norbert and Adrian will meet in an important Northern Collegiate Hockey Association series.
Adrian Athletics officials announced on Monday that reserved-seat sections and WOW seating was sold out. Standing-room-only tickets for $5 per person will be sold one hour before game time in the AIA lobby.
Friday's White-Out Arrington contest is scheduled for 7:05 p.m., while Saturday's puckdrop is set for 3:05 p.m. On Friday, the first 200 AC students admitted through the door will receive a white T-shirt courtesy of Pro-Med Uniforms in Adrian.
Adrian has the inside track for the overall top seed in the upcoming Harris Cup Tournament, which begins on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at quarterfinal sites. The Bulldogs have 22 points in 12 NCHA games played, while the Green Knights have 17 in 10--two games in hand over the Bulldogs.
This is a rematch of the 2016 NCHA Harris Cup championship won by the host Bulldogs, who come into the weekend with a 12-3-2 overall record and 11-1 NCHA-South Division mark. Adrian is ranked fifth nationally in the d3hockey.com poll, seventh by USCHO.com.
St. Norbert (12-2-1), leader of the NCHA-North with an 8-1-1 conference ledger, is the top-ranked team in NCAA Division III.
All-Time Series: Adrian is 6-5 all-time against St. Norbert, winning five of the past six meetings... the schools first met during the 2009-10 campaign...the Bulldogs have never lost to the Green Knights on home-ice in four contests by an 18-9 combined score.
Scouting the Bulldogs: Adrian boasts a balanced offense that includes five 20-point scorers among nine skaters in double digits, led by sophomore forward Trevor Boyd with 12 goals and 13 assists for 25 total points...Sophomore defenseman Cory Dunn has five goals and 20 assists for 25 points, leading Division III blueliners in assists and points...Freshman forward Vincent Paquette has scored 11 goals and 11 assists for 22 points, while junior forward Kyle Brothers has six goals and 16 assists for 22 points...Sophomore forward Bryan Yim has 11+10=21 scoring totals...Sophomore goaltender Kevin Entmaa has an 8-3-2 record with a 2.29 goals-against average and .912 save percentage...Junior Dillon Kelley is 4-0 with a 2.02 GAA and .909 save percentage...Adrian is 26-for-104 on the power play, ranking tied for second in the nation with 26 PP goals...
Scouting the Green Knights: Junior forward Tanner Froese leads the Green Knights in scoring with 10 goals and six assists for 16 points...Senior forward Jeremy Olinyk has five goals and eight assists for 13 points, while senior forward Pijus Rulevicius has four goals and nine assists for 13 points... Sophomore forward Roman Uchyn has seven goals and five assists for 12 points...Sophomore goaltender T.J. Black is 8-0-1 with a 0.88 GAA and .949 save percentage...Senior goaltender Tony Kujava is 4-2 with a 1.86 GAA and .909 save percentage...St. Norbert is 17-for-105 (16.2 percent) on the power play and is 77-for-81 (95.1 percent) on the penalty kill this season.
The Coaches: St. Norbert coach Tim Coghlin (UW-Stevens Point, 1989) is 519-134-52 in his 24th season. Coghlin's eight NCAA championship game appearances and four national championships are the second most in Division III history...Adrian coach Adam Krug '12 is 60-11-6 for an .818 winning percentage in his third season with the Bulldogs, who have won the last two Harris Cup crowns and made three NCAA tournament appearances with him at the helm. Krug, the 2015 NCHA Coach of the Year, has mentored six All-Americans.
Something's Gotta Give: The nation's top defensive unit meets a high-octane offense. St. Norbert allows just 1.33 goals per game while Adrian is tied for first (with Geneseo) with a 5.0 goal-scoring average. The Green Knights also have a Division III-leading penalty-kill, but the Bulldogs' 2.76 scoring margin (5.00 GF/G to 2.24 GA/G) tops the land.
Number 1: The Green Knights are 112-21-8 all-time when ranked No. 1 in the USCHO.com poll...Adrian is 2-4 versus a top-ranked team...the last time the Bulldogs played St. Norbert when SNC was No. 1 was in the 2016 NCHA Harris Cup finals, a 4-1 triumph for Adrian.
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