WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Bill Kangas's Williams College men's ice hockey team (14-8-3/10-5-3 NESCAC) will play Trinity College (16-6-3/11-5-2 NESCAC) at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday in the NESCAC Tournament Semifinals being hosted by Hamilton College in Clinton, NY.
Wesleyan University and Hamilton College will play in Saturday's other semifinal at 4:15 p.m.. Saturday's winner will meet at Hamilton at 2:00 p.m. to determine which team will earn the NESCAC's automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.
This winter the Ephs and the Bantams split their two conference games with each team winning at home. Trinity blanked Williams in Hartford in January 3-0 and the Ephs pinned a 3-1 loss on Trinity in Williamstown in February.
"Trinity is a very good team with a lot of returning players who have won the last two NESCAC titles," said Kangas. "We played two tough games against them this season and Saturday will be no different. They are a well-coached and talented team."
The Eph and Bantam seniors have split their last eight encounters.
Trinity tops the NESCAC in goals per game with 3.61 and the Ephs are second scoring 3.17 a game. Trinity is second in goals allowed in NESCAC with 1.94, while the Ephs are tied for sixth allowing 2.72 per contest.
The Eph power play has been NESCAC's most successful tallying a goal 24.2% of the time, which may be a factor as Trinity averages 12 minutes a game in the penalty box. The Trinity power play succeeds 17.2% of the time and Williams on average spends 8.7 minutes a game in the penalty box.
Trinity, however, has been more successful on the penalty kill than the Ephs. The Bantams have denied a goal on the power play 86.2% of the time, while the Ephs have percentage of 78.3.
After Saturday's contest either the Eph senor class or the Bantams senior class will have bragging rights over the past four years and a spot in the NESCAC championship game.