D-III Frozen Four picks: March 15 (Roman Uschak)

Friday, March 15
Norwich vs. Oswego
The Cadets finally got the Babson bear off their back, while Oswego edged Adrian (Mich.) last week and has two of the top three scorers in the nation in Paul Rodrigues (45 points) and Luke Moody (43 points). Oswego was also the national runner-up last spring to St. Norbert, and would like to take that last step to its first national title in six years. Oswego 4-3
Utica vs. Wisconsin Eau Claire
The Blugolds surprised two-time NCAA champ St. Norbert last week, while the Pioneers overcame a rusty start to oust Bowdoin. Utica is 10-2-1 in its last 13 outings, while Wis.-Eau Claire is 10-2 in its last 12 contests. Both schools are Frozen Four neophytes, so someone will be headed to their first national title appearance when it’s all over. The Pioneers are averaging nearly 4.5 goals per game, while Wis.-Eau Claire is averaging just under four goals per game. That might be just enough of a difference. Utica 3-2
Saturday, March 16
Oswego vs. Utica
It’s difficult to beat a team three times in the same season–but it’s not impossible. Utica has just as good a shot at winning its first-ever national title as Oswego does of claiming its second career NCAA crown. Could be a high-scoring affair, but when all is said and done, only one school will skate away with the NCAA championship trophy. Utica 6-5


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