NCAA Division III Men's Ice Hockey
Second Round Game
Williams College (19-5-2) vs. SUNY Geneseo (19-4-6)
Saturday, March 19 – 7:00 p.m.
Ira S. Wilson Ice Arena
NCAA DIII TOURNEY HISTORY: The Williams Ephs are making their first NCAA Tournament appearance and playing in their second NCAA Tournament contest. Williams advanced with a 7-1 win over Salem State on March 12 in a game played in Williamstown.
The Knights of SUNY Geneseo are making their fifth appearance in the NCAA Tournament and now sport an overall record of 3-3-2. SUNY Geneseo advanced to the Second Round with a 7-1 win over Salve Regina at home on March 12.
Williams posted the best NESCAC regular season record (14-2-2) this winter and was awarded a Pool C berth in the tourney.
SUNY Geneseo earned an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament by virtue of winning the SUNYAC Tournament.
COACHES: SUNY Geneseo head coach Chris Schultz is in his 10th year directing the Knights. Schultz has a record of 151-99-11 (.600). Schultz was named the SUNYAC Coach of the Year.
The Ephs' Bill Kangas is in his 27th season leading the Ephs. Kangas is the all-time leader in wins in Williams' men's ice hockey and sports an overall record of 370-245-61 (.592). Kangas was named the 2016 NESCAC Coach of the Year.
The 19 wins by the Ephs thus far this season is an NCAA Division III Williams' school record.
THE ADVANCING TEAM: The winner of the SUNY Geneseo vs. Williams game will advance to the national semifinals in Lake Placid, NY on March 25 to play the winner of the Adrian vs. Wisconsin-Stevens Point game. The NCAA Division III National Championship game will be played in The Herb Brooks Arena in Lake Placid on March 26.
SUNY Geneseo at home: 11-2-1
Williams on the road: 7-2-1
SUNY Geneseo in OT: 1-1-6
Williams in OT: 3-0-2
ALL-TIME EPHS vs. KNIGHTS: SUNY Geneseo leads the all-time series with a record of 2-1. The Ephs and Knights first played on January 4, 1985, in a first round game in the Williams Invitational Tournament in Williamstown. SUNY Geneseo won that contest 6-4. In 1986 at the Canisius Tournament the Ephs downed the Knights 6-4. November 28, 2015 SUNY Geneseo blanked the Ephs 3-0 in Williamstown.
This will be the first meeting between the Knights and Ephs in Geneseo, N.Y.
LAST REGULAR SEASON MEETING: The Knights shutout the Ephs in Williamstown back on November 28th behind goals from RJ Burns, Stephen Collins, and David Ripple. All three goals came in the third period. Burns' tally was an empty netter with 27 seconds remaining.
Knights' goalie Devin McDonald turned aside 23 Eph shots to record the shutout.
Eph senior goalie Noah Klag stopped 21 of 23 shots by the Knights and the third goal was an empty netter.
ACCORDING TO RANK:
D3hockey: SUNY Geneseo – 7th – Ephs – 8th
USCHO.com: SUNY Geneseo – 8th – Ephs – 10th
STREAKS: SUNY Geneseo enters riding a 4-game win streak, which includes a First Round 7-1 win over Salve Regina in a game played in Geneseo. The Knights are 9-1-4 in their last 14 contests.
Williams is 11-2-1 in its last 14 games and enters the contest off a 7-1 win over Salem State at home last Saturday in the Ephs' first ever NCAA Tournament contest.
HONORS: SUNY Geneseo forward Stephen Collins was named the SUNYAC Player of the Year. Joining Collins on the SUNYAC First Team were forward Trevor Hills and defenseman Pat Condon. Knights' first year goalie Devin McDonald was named to the SUNYAC Third Team. Knights' head coach Chris Schultz was named the SUNYAC Coach of the Year.
Williams' defenseman Zander Masucci was named the NESCAC Player of the Year. Junior forward Tyler Young and first year goalie Michael Pinios were named to the All-NESCAC Second Team. Pinios was also accorded Co-Rookie of the Year laurels. Eph head coach Bill Kangas was named the NESCAC Coach of the Year.
Stephen Collins – 22 goals + 25 assists = 47 points
Trevor Hills – 22 goals + 18 assists = 40 points
Anthony Marra – 9 goals + 27 assists = 36 points
David Ripple – 10 goals + 24 assists = 34 points
Pat Condon – 4 goals + 17 assists = 21 points
David Italiano – 8 goals & 14 assists = 22 points
Zander Masucci – 7 goals & 13 assists = 20 points
Devin McDonald – 23 games – 1344:07 – 54 goals allowed – .923 Save% – GAA 2.41 – 5 shutouts
Michael Pinios – 17 games – 1024:17 – 27 goals – .940 Save% – GAA 1.58 – 2 shutouts
Power Play – 36/144 – .250 – Penalty Kill – 96/120 – .800– Penalty Min/Game – 12.98 –
Power Play – 17/83 – .205 – Penalty Kill – 68/77 – .883 – Penalty Min Game – 7.80 –
Goals/Game – 4.10
Goals/Game – 2.92