NCAA D3 Hockey Tournament Preview: Adrian at St. Norbert

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NCAA D3 Hockey Tournament Preview: Adrian at St. Norbert
8 p.m. - Cornerstone Community Center
It's put up or shut up time for the Adrian men's ice hockey program.  An unstoppable force in the MCHA since their arrival three seasons ago (67-1 conference record), the Bulldogs finally get their shot in the NCAA tournament after the association granted the conference an automatic bid before the 2009-10 season.

Adrian won their third straight conference tournament, but also suffered their first-ever three-game losing streak to start the calendar year (two losses at Hamline followed by a loss at Oswego State).  Those were the only three out-of-conference road games played by Ron Fogarty's club this season, so they'll be looking to score their first non-MCHA win away from Arrington Ice Arena since Jan. 4, 2009.

St. Norbert is on a 10-game unbeaten streak and coming off of their third NCHA championship in the past four seasons.  Junior goaltender B.J. O'Brien has been Jyle Jones-esque this season, losing just twice in his 26 appearances while stopping more than 92 percent of the shots he saw and letting in little more than a goal-and-a-half per game.  He has allowed just a single goal in seven of his last eight games; the only game preventing that from being a streak of eight was a Feb. 13 shutout of Wisconsin-River Falls.

Prediction: St. Norbert 3-2 in OT
UPDATE: Final, St. Norbert 4-3

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