ADRIAN, Mich. – The highly anticipated NCAA Division III Men’s Hockey Quarterfinal between Adrian College and Oswego State (N.Y.) on Saturday, March 21 at 7 p.m. has been SOLD OUT of reserved seating for the contest. There are standing-room ONLY tickets still available and those will go on sale Saturday beginning at 5:30 p.m. Adrian College fans are asked to wear white to the game as part of a “White Out” in support of the NCHA regular season and Harris Cup champions. Rally towels will be distributed to fans as well to wave during the game.
The Bulldogs and Lakers have met three previous times including two memorable NCAA Tournament games. The Lakers captured the first meeting back on Jan. 8, 2010 in Oswego by the final of 5-2. Oswego was No. 1 in the nation at the time. The Bulldogs pulled off a 5-3 win in the 2011 NCAA Tournament semifinals at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis, site of this year’s final weekend. The teams last met in the NCAA quarterfinals two years ago at Arrington Ice Arena with the Lakers claiming a 3-2 overtime win.
“We are excited to be hosting the quarterfinals this year and our guys have worked hard to get to this point,” said first-year head coach Adam Krug. “The season resets on Saturday and we have to bring intensity for 60 minutes. Oswego did that last weekend and won 6-1 in the first round. We have to be focused from the beginning and once again do the little things better than our opponent. The guys have been even-keeled since the Harris Cup and are looking forward to the home fans and atmosphere on Saturday night. The two weeks off can lead to complacency but we have used this time to heal and renew energy for the ultimate goal.”
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
Adrian – Freshman forward Kyle Brothers (Watford, Ont.) recently was named Harris Cup Most Valuable Player after recording three goals and six assists in the four-game run. Brothers scored a pair of power play goals in the 4-3 overtime win in the semifinals against St. Scholastica including the game-winner in the extra session. He followed that with a goal and assist in the 4-2 win over St. Norbert in the finals. He currently ranks fourth in the country with 1.71 points per game (48 total) and third with 0.82 goals per game (23 total). Brothers leads the nation with eight game-winning goals and is the top freshman scorer in Division III.
Adrian – Freshman forward Mathew Thompson (Bolton, Ont.) was named to the Harris Cup All-Tournament Team and led the team with five goals during the tournament. He also chipped in two assists and tied for second on the team with seven points. Thompson had 22 shots during the tournament including eight against St. Scholastica and five versus St. Norbert. He scored in all four games of the Harris Cup including both game-winning goals in the quarterfinal round against Concordia (Wis.). Thompson currently ranks sixth nationally in points per game (1.54) and fourth in goals per game (0.81). He has a total of 40 points (21 G, 19 A) which is third nationally among freshmen in Division III.
Adrian – Senior forward Josh Ranalli (Stoney Creek, Ont.) was named to the Harris Cup All-Tournament Team and showcased his play-making skills with a team-best seven assists during the tournament. He had two assists in the semifinal against St. Scholastica and followed with two more and a plus-3 rating in the championship game versus St. Norbert. Ranalli ranks eighth nationally with 1.52 points per game (17 G, 27 A) and is seventh nationally with 0.93 assists per contest.
Adrian – Senior goaltender Scott Shackell (Kanata, Ont.) got the start in every game of the Harris Cup and finished with a 4-0 record, 2.26 goals-against average and .926 save percentage. He made 31 saves in the opening game of the quarterfinal round against Concordia (Wis.) in a shutout of the Falcons. He then made 36 saves in the semifinals and 22 more in the finals. Shackell currently ranks 10th nationally in goals-against average (1.88) and save percentage (.932). He has the fourth-best winning percentage among goaltenders (17-1-3, .881) and has posted four shutouts.
The Bulldogs went 6-for-19 (.316) on the power play during the Harris Cup while killing off 13-for-15 penalties (.133). Adrian also held an 11-4 advantage in second-period scoring.