Regular-season supremacy came down to the final weekend last season, with Trinity sweeping a home-and-home against Wesleyan — winning both games by one goal — to finish in first place.
The Bantams parlayed that playoff home-ice advantage into a NESCAC championship and NCAA tournament berth. Wesleyan saw its season end when it was upset in the league semifinals by Amherst.
Except for the final outcomes, not much separated those two teams last winter. The question as a new season kicks off is whether there will still be separation between Trinity and Wesleyan, and everyone else.
“Every team’s got good players, guys you’ve got to pay attention to across the board,” said Wesleyan coach Chris Potter.
For Trinity (19-4-5), it starts on defense, where it was stellar a year ago, its 1.71 goals allowed per game ranking fourth nationally.