February 20, 2014

ECAC East Quarterfinal Preview: No. 2 Men's Ice Hockey vs. No. 7 University of Southern Maine

No. 2 Men's Ice Hockey vs. No. 7 University of Southern Maine
ECAC East Tournament Quarterfinals
Saturday, February 22—7:00pm
Babson Skating Center—Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES:
Babson and Southern Maine will meet for the 28th time on Saturday night in a series that dates back to 1995. The Beavers hold an 18-8-1 edge all-time and have won four straight over the Huskies going back to last season.

POSTSEASON HISTORY:
Saturday's quarterfinal will be just the third meeting between the two teams in the postseason. Babson lost to Southern Maine, 2-1, in a 2012 ECAC East Tournament quarterfinal, and beat the Huskies 5-3 in the 2005 conference semifinals.

LAST MEETING:
Senior Nik Tasiopoulos broke a scoreless deadlock at 11:23 of the second period and sophomore goalie Jamie Murray set a new single-season program record with his fourth shutout as Babson defeated Southern Maine, 3-0, on February 8. Senior Tom Callahan and junior Andrew Bonazza also scored for the Beavers, who outshot the Huskies, 40-27.

LAST SOUTHERN MAINE WIN:
Dan Rautenberg netted a pair of goals in the second period, and Braely Torris made 28 saves, lifting the sixth-seeded Huskies to a 2-1 win over third-seeded Babson in an ECAC East quarterfinal on February 25, 2012, in Babson Park. Driscoll scored the lone goal for the Green and White, which held a 15-1 first-period edge in shots on goal.

SCOUTING THE HUSKIES:
Seventh-seeded University of Southern Maine (6-14-5, 5-11-2 ECAC East) halted its three-game losing streak with a 2-1 victory over New England College last Saturday. Sophomore Alex Pompeo scored on the power play 12:29 into the third period and first-year Dylan Wells made 25 saves for the Huskies. Junior Ryan Seward (3-16-19) is tied for eighth in the league in assists, while first-year Kelby Lorenz (10-8-18) leads the team in goals. Pompeo (5-12-17), a first-team all-conference selection, is third on the team in scoring, and first-year Todd Bannerman (7-7-14) has one game-winning goal and is tied for the team lead with three power play scores. Wells and sophomore Josh Hillegas have combined to post a 3.42 goals against average and a .886 save percentage this winter. Southern Maine has advanced to the ECAC East semifinals just twice since 2007.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS:
Second-seeded Babson (19-4-2, 13-3-2 ECAC East), which is ranked eighth in both the USCHO.com and D3hockey.com polls, claimed a share of the ECAC East regular season title with last Saturday's 1-1 overtime tie at Saint Michael's. Bonazza scored 10:21 into the second period and Murray stopped 17 shots for the Beavers, who held a 42-18 edge in shots on goal. Junior Mike Driscoll (11-12-23) is tied for 10th in the league in scoring and has combined with first-year Michael Phillips (6-15-21) and senior Nik Tasiopoulos (10-9-19) for 13 power play goals and seven game-winning tallies. Sophomore Max Franklin (3-12-15) is third on the team in assists, while Bonazza (9-4-13) and senior Troy Starrett (5-8-13) have six game-winning goals between them. Murray leads the nation in victories (18) and save percentage (.948), and is ranked fourth nationally with a 1.49 goals against average in 24 starts. Babson has advanced to the conference tournament semifinals in nine of the last 11 seasons.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
The Beavers are 13-0-1 when scoring three goals or more on the season.

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