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Trinity (Connecticut’s) strong bonds lead to title

2015 Division III Men’s Ice Hockey Championship

When Trinity (Connecticut) hired Matt Greason as its men’s ice hockey coach four years ago, he inherited a group of incoming freshman that he didn’t recruit.

Through the years, that group developed a strong bond. In their first year with Greason, they were just 9-13-2 and lost six of their final seven games. In the previous two seasons, they went 36-12-3 and reached the New England Small College Athletic Conference championship semifinals. This season, their quick rise culminated with the group posing for photos with the Division III Men’s Ice Hockey National Championship Trophy March 28 in Minneapolis.

The Bantams scored three goals in the third period en route to a 5-2 win over Wisconsin-Stevens Point in the final game of the tournament to finish the season 25-3-1. It gave the program its first title, a sweet victory for Greason because it came at the school where he played from 1998-2002.

“I can't really put into words how this feels right now,” Greason said. “It's a special day. This group of young men is one of the best I've ever had the privilege of being around. You spend any time around them and you'll see what truly unbelievable people they are. Each guy gave their heart and soul to this program and I'm so proud of them.”

Senior captain Michael Flynn added: “It’s been an unbelievable ride, and I wouldn’t trade it for anything else.”

The Results

2015 Division III Men’s Ice Hockey Championship

Championship
Trinity (Connecticut) 5, Wisconsin-Stevens Point 2

Semifinals
Trinity (Connecticut) 5, Adrian 3
Wisconsin-Stevens Point 6, Amherst 2

Elite 89 honoree
Brandon Jaeger, Wisconsin-Stevens Point

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