D-III NCAA Championship Hockey Game Pick – March 26, 2022 – College Hockey

Adrian will put his 30-game winning streak on the line against Geneseo for the D-III National Championship on Saturday night (Photo by Adrian Athletics)

It’s the last day of the season and the national championship hangs in the balance. Adrian beat Augsburg 5-1 to advance to the league game while Geneseo dispatched the University of New England 8-3 to move on. thing and play for the national championship. The battle between the two USCHO writers finds east winning over west regardless of the end result of the game, but bragging rights are still in play. So after the semi-final, it’s Tim at 8-2 and Brian at 6-4. And while TC landed the postseason picks, it all comes down to wanting to pick the title match with the Frozen Four Championship on the line Saturday night. Here are the final picks for the 2021-22 season:

Saturday March 26, 2022

NCAA D-III Championship Game

Geneseo (3) vs. Adrian (1)

TC- Both teams are on a mission and certainly looking to cap off some great seasons by lifting the NCAA trophy to center ice at Herb Brooks Rink. As Adrian looks to extend his incredible 30-game winning streak, the Knights are the home team despite not wearing the house colors. Both teams can move up and down the ice quickly, but it’s the structure and discipline that keeps it close throughout. This really wouldn’t be the game we all want if it wasn’t for a ‘golden goal’ and it might take more than one OT to make that happen for a Geneseo team winning their very first national championship.– Geneseo, 3-2

BL – Geneseo (24-3-1) against Adrian (30-1)

As the winning streak has unfolded this season for Adrian, it’s been hard not to think he’s not capable of winning it all. The Bulldogs last played for the title in 2011, falling short against St. Norbert. This time, Adrian pulls it off and caps off what has been nothing short of a remarkable and memorable year for the program. Adrian, 4-2

So Brian and I are going with our respective regional rep, with both teams looking to become D-III National Champions. We finally see a title decided on the ice after three years, so let’s celebrate the season with a fabulous game to end it all. Congratulations to all the teams, players, coaches and fans for an incredible season. Salute to the Champions – “Drop the Puck!”

Stay tuned next week as Brian and I wrap up Season D-III with our annual All-USCHO selections, including teams, rookie of the year, player of the year and coach of the year.

Catherine J. Martinez