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UTICA, N.Y. -- Two one-goal games, one of which went to overtime, a third period comeback, and an unlikely hero for Trinity. Not bad start to the weekend, eh?

Norwich and Adrian battled for over 60 minutes but in the end it was Norwich that advanced to Saturday's title game.
Photo: Jeff Melnik for d3photography.com

Fans couldn't have asked for much more out of Friday's semifinals as in the opener Trinity and St. Norbert skated 60 minutes at a breakneck pace, and at the final horn it was the Bantams who prevailed to make it to their second national championship game in three years.

In the nightcap, Norwich jumped out to a 4-2 third period lead on Adrian but a late rally by the Bulldogs forced overtime. In the extra session it was Norwich freshman Ian Williams who netted the winner to advance the Cadets to their first championship game since 2010.

Miss any of the week's action? No problem as we've been in town since Wednesday and have got you covered. From our annual Frozen Four podcast, to Thursday's pressers and features, to Friday's semifinals to Saturday night and the crowning of the 2017 national champion, catch up on all of it before with our Live at the Aud! News Feed.

 

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Adrian's coaching carousel

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By Matthew Webb
Senior Writer, D3hockey.com

UTICA, N.Y. -- For years the D3sports network has used the phrase "Coaching Carousel" to track series of articles documenting coaching changes. Related, Adrian had to ride the one week version last weekend as, due to incidents that occured in last season's NCAA quarterfinals a suspension leveled on head coach Adam Krug meant he was unable to be on the bench, and in fact not even in the building, for Adrian's quarterfinal game at UW-Stevens Point.

Adrian head coach Adam Krug (right) and assistant Chase Fuchs discuss last weekend's quarterfinal.
Photo: Hans Gulset

By now that fact and the circumstances behind it are well known and for obvious reasons there is no point in dredging up and re-hashing the past. However, it remains notable and relevant in one regard, and that's that regardless of the reasons why, Adrian faced a highly unusual and perhaps unprecedented situation last weekend. Specifically, it had to play a Men's Division III NCAA tournament game without its head coach.

Nonetheless, three hours later the Bulldogs had scored a 6-3 win over the Pointers and were off to the Frozen Four in spite of the added challenge. As it turns out, when it came last week's game preparation, Krug and assistant Chase Fuchs sought to keep things as normal as possible.

"We had to be on the ball and have the guys ready to play so we just kind of had a normal week," Krug said.  "We're big believers that if we do our jobs during the week the guys will be ready to go by the weekend, so we just sort of went with the status quo. Ultimately, my brother Matt is a volunteer assistant coach who has been on the bench for home games this year, we'd try to keep things as normal as we can."

"Chase runs the D when I'm on the bench and Matt stays up with the forwards, so really did just try to keep it as normal as we could; kept Chase with the D and slid Matt into my spot."

When we spoke to Krug on Monday he mentioned that he watched the game online though at the time we didn't ask where. As we knew he was in Stevens Point  but obviously not in the arena, today we couldn't resist asking where exactly he took in the webcast.

"You know what? I was at Buffalo Wild Wings right down the street from K.B. Willett Ice Arena there. Hey, free wi-fi so that was a bonus, and had about nine glasses of Mountain Dew," Krug said.  "But I was nervous. It's like when you're a player and then go from being a player to a coach you lose your ability to directly impact the game. As a coach you can make some changes and call timeout and things, but as a player you always knew you had a chance to go out on the ice and score the game-winning go -- it was always sort of directly in your control."

While Krug was fretting at BW3's, back in the arena Fuchs was overseeing the Bulldogs jump out to an early lead on the Pointers thank to a blistering power play unit that scored four times on the night.

But perhaps more important than the Adrian players performance on their ice was their "performance" on the bench. Since Adrian's inception it has played over a dozen games against Stevens Point, and in what has developed into a very even and competitive series between elite programs, there are numerous instances in which the games have become rather, shall we say, heated.

But that didn't happen last Saturday, and having witnessed it firsthand Fuchs is quick to credit the players themselves.

"The guys were unbelievable," Fuchs said.  "We talked a lot all week and then even before the game about staying focused, taking it shift by shift, and winning your shift and then win the next one. Our guys did stay very focused. Matt and I didn't have to say much to keep them focused -- everyone stepped up. Even guys without letters were saying, 'hey guys we got this.' They really just kind of policed themselves and no matter what it was they did a great job."

Krug was quick to follow with his own praise of the way the team handled itself.

"We knew Stevens Point has a raucous atmosphere so we talked about staying calm on the bench," Krug added. "So it's an easy place to get emotional and we kind of have an aura around us for past incidents where we've gotten a little emotional on the bench, both players and I think coaches, too. But we're at the point now where guys are so focused on the goal of winning a national championship that guys were able to put everything aside and just get the job done."

While Adrian may have taken a bit of an atypical path to get to Utica, the fact remains that it dealt with the challenge in a calm and workmanlike manner. Will this bit of adversity the Bulldogs faced helped solidify the resolve of a team still in the hunt for its first national championship?

We'll know in less than 24 hours, but for now, as we know hockey players and coaches can be notoriously superstitious, we couldn't help but wonder if perhaps Adrian thought it might be good luck if Krug were to let his assistants run the show again this weekend.

"That was the first thing out of my mouth after the game," Krug joked. "Mike Duffy, our athletic director, is sitting right behind you and we talked about how maybe I need to stay in Stevens Point and go back to Buffalo Wild Wings, but I don't think we're going to be trying that one out.'

"I enjoy being the assistant," Fuchs quipped.

Which is probably a good thing for Adrian as, never even mind Stevens Point, the nearest Buffalo Wild Wings to Utica is in Camillus, N.Y., a cool 63.6 miles from the AUD.

 

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Who's it going to be?

By Brian Krosky
Contributor, D3hockey.com

Editor's Note: We'd like to take an opportunity to welcome Brian Krosky to our D3hockey team this weekend. Brian will be assisting us with social media and our Frozen Four notebook. In anticipation of the weekend's prospective championship matchups, Brian decided to put together a way-too-early look at the matchups we may see for the ultimate prize. Mr. Krosky, the floor is yours.

Two of the four will meet for the title on Saturday night. Which two time will tell, but for now Brian Krosky breaks down all of the potential match-ups.
Photo: Ray Biggs


Potential Final #1: Adrian vs. St. Norbert

Analysis: Another match-up between these two conference opponents would be another chapter in this already historic rivalry, but most certainly would not be the the last. Since Adrian leapt into their NCHA era after the WIAC withdrew from the league prior to the 2013-14 season, Adrian and St. Norbert have met in the NCHA Harris Cup Finals every year but one.

However, the first time these two teams met, when Adrian was still in the MCHA, was in the first round of the 2010 NCAA Tournament and it was the Green Knights who prevailed, 4-3. The Knights won by that exact score the following year when they won their second of four national championships.

The two have traded full-season sweeps of each other in each of the past two years, with the Bulldogs winning all three match-ups last year and while the Green Knights won all three meetings between the two this year.

Despite both teams being well-rounded, this game would be a classic matchup of a lethal offense versus a lethal defense. Adrian, which has the fifth-best scoring offense in the country and has scored six or more goals ten times, is a great matchup  against the No. 1 scoring defense in the country, the Green Knights. Why not an all-NCHA Championship game?

Game Outlook: The stats say this game a toss-up in terms of predicting a winner, but St. Norbert’s three-game win streak against Adrian team and its success in the national tournament on an annual basis seem to give them the historical advantage in this potential match-up. But that said, while beating the same team three times in a season is hard, beating the same team four times is really hard.


Potential Final #2: Adrian vs. Trinity

Analysis: The first time these two teams met was in the 2014-15 NCAA tournament when Trinity scored four goals in the second period to propel them over the Bulldogs on the way to their first NCAA Championship game appearance and their first ever National Title. Adrian, who was coming off a close win against Oswego State in the Quarterfinals, ran into a Trinity team that had the hot hand offensively at the time. 

The only other time these two teams have met was earlier this season when the Bantams were victorious. After a first-minute goal by Adrian was followed by a pair of Trinity goals within the first six minutes, the Bantams held on for the final 55 minutes to win, 2-1.

Despite what the previous match-up brought to the table, one would think this would be a high-scoring game. Although Adrian and Trinity carry very strong goaltenders in Kevin Entmaa and Alex Morin, respectively, these are a pair of offenses that score in bunches and can run up the scoreboard when empowered by their own tempo and style. With eight players in the top 78 in the nation in scoring, a high-scoring affair is one well within reach.

Game Outlook: Trinity is one of the hottest teams in the nation right now, winning ten games in a row, and their penalty kill gives them the advantage if they were to play Adrian in the final.

 

Potential Final #3: Norwich vs. Trinity

Analysis: This all-East Region matchup would feature two teams that do everything well. Norwich and Trinity each have top-12 scoring offenses and defenses, though how they match-up remains a bit of a mystery as the two haven’t met since the 2010-11 season when the Cadets won 1-0.

This game could get very interesting if special teams become a major influence. Norwich has the sixth-best power play in the country (26.95%) while Trinity posts the second-best penalty kill in the nation (89.7%).

Things would also get interesting on the other end if Trinity goes on the power play. The Bantams have a 20.7% conversion on the man-up attack, which isn’t bad, but places them at 26th in the nation.

Meanwhile, the Cadets hold off opposing power plays at 83.0% which is above average, but is 27th in Division III, and it's odd to see the 2nd best scoring defense in the country only killing penalties at that rate. 

Another stat to look at there is that Norwich is one of only two teams in all of Division III this year to go the entire season without a shorthanded goal. The other team? 0-25 Finlandia. Yup, the only two teams this year without a goal a man down were the two teams with the best and worst record.

 

Game Outlook: While Trinity is red hot and is riding a ten game win streak, Norwich has still only lost a single game on the entire year. They have five players with at least ten goals and are 5-1 in one-goal games. Tough call, but consider Norwich a slight favorite here.

 

Potential Final #4: Norwich vs. St. Norbert

Analysis: The selection committee would be excited if this was the National Championship match-up as these were the top regional seeds. The bracket was set up to provide a chance to have these two meet in the final and that's exactly what we would have here.

Along with very good offenses that are both ranked in the top 15, this matchup would feature the top two scoring defenses in the country as well. On top of that, it would be a reunion of two of the most successful ice hockey programs in recent Division III history. The two have met six times and each can claim three wins. In fact, the winner of the last five meetings between the two has gone on to win the national championship. Between them, the Green Knights and the Cadets lay claim to 23 Frozen Fours and seven national titles.

Offensively, it would be a game where the scoring depth has a wide variance. Norwich, which has five of the top 78 scorers versus St. Norbert, which has none in the top 78. A match-up of one team, St. Norbert, who has stuck with one guy in net all year in T.J. Black, versus a team in Norwich that has steadily rotated two players back and forth in net and have had it work wonderfully. A complete contrast, but an even one.

Game Outlook: Toss-up.

 

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