NCAA D3 Hockey Tournament Preview: St. Thomas at Gustavus Adolphus

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NCAA D3 Hockey Tournament Preview: St. Thomas at Gustavus Adolphus
8 p.m. - Don Roberts Ice Rink
St. Thomas sent shock waves through the Division III hockey troposphere when they upset Hamline and Gustavus Adolphus--both on the road and in overtime--to win the MIAC tournament and earn a Pool A bid into the NCAA tournament.

The Tommies' victory last Wednesday was their firt of the season against the Gusties, a club that had outscored St. Thomas 11-1 in their two December meetings.  Despite their 13-10-4 record, coach Terry Skrypek's team is among the hottest in the nation going into tonight's game, having won seven of eight.  The Tommies are hoping that senior netminder Joe Schraeder (79 saves in the last two games) can continue his stellar play and tally his second victory over Gustavus in as many weeks.

Gustavus Adolphus was embarrassed in front of their home crowd seven nights ago and will have revenge on their mind tonight.  The Golden Gusties' offense may have been suffering from a hangover after it took them nearly 139 minutes to top Augsburg in the MIAC semis on Feb. 27.

They should be well-rested tonight as they look to get their high-powered offense (5.93 goals per game) going early.  Right winger David Martinson (29 g, 20 a) was shut out in the previous meeting.  Don't look for that to happen again.

Prediction: 6-3 Gustavus
UPDATE: Final, Gustavus 3-1

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