Men's Ice Hockey vs. Lake Forest
Saturday, December 30—4 p.m.
Babson Skating Center—Babson Park, Mass.
Babson and Lake Forest will meet for the third time overall and first time since 1995 on Saturday afternoon. The Beavers are 2-0 all-time against the Foresters, which includes a one-goal victory during the 1989-90 campaign.
Sean Condon '96 stopped 48 shots and Pat Brown '97 scored the game-winning goal as the Beavers defeated Lake Forest in overtime, 3-2, on November 25, 1995, in Babson Park.
SCOUTING THE FORESTERS
Lake Forest (7-4-0) returns to action after suffering a 3-2 loss at then-No. 15/RV Concordia Wisconsin back on December 2. First-year Joe Sardina scored a pair of third-period goals for the Foresters, who finished just 1-for-7 on the power play. Seniors George Gerasimou (4-9-13) and Billy Kent (3-9-12) lead the team in assists and have combined for 21 points over the last seven games. Sardina (6-2-8), the team's top goal scorer, also leads the squad with a pair of game-winning tallies. Junior goaltender Louis-Philippe De Courcy (5-2-0) has started six of the last eight contests ranks seventh in Division III in goals against average (1.56) and is tied for 10th in save percentage (.939).
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (6-4-1) dropped the second game of a home-and-home series with then-No. 6/9 UMass Boston, 7-5, back on December 2. Seniors Rob Devaney, Ryan Gouveia and Matt McMorrow all recorded one goal and two assists for the Beavers, who were unable to rally from a three-goal deficit early in the second period. Devaney (5-8-13) leads the squad in assists, senior Charlie Ackerman (5-5-10) has scored twice on the power play, and Gouveia (4-5-9) and McMorrow (3-5-7) have combined for three game-winning goals. Junior netminder Matt Pompa has gone 5-4-1 with a 2.35 goals against average and a .918 save percentage in 11 appearances this winter.
TEST AGAINST THE WEST
Saturday's tilt against Lake Forest will be the first for Babson against West region opponent since its 3-0 win over St. Olaf back in November of 2012. The game is also the first against a Northern Collegiate Hockey Association (NHCA) foe for the Beavers since suffering an overtime loss to the Milwaukee School of Engineering back in 2005.
BLUE LINE PRODUCTION
Sophomore Connor Dahlman recorded an assist in each of Babson's matchups with UMass Boston on December 1-2, and now has picked up an assist in four of the last five games. Additionally, senior Joe DePietto (1-7-8) ranks second on the team in assists and leads all team's defensemen in points through 11 contests.
SPECIAL TEAMS STRENGTHS
Despite being whistled for five penalties in each of the last three games, the Beavers' 7.82 penalty minutes per game are the fewest among 81 Division III programs entering Saturday's matchup. The Green and White, which is tied for 18th nationally on the power play at 22.45 percent (11-of-45), has scored at least once on the man advantage in six of its last seven contests.
BUILDING MOMENTUM OUT OF THE BREAK
Devaney produced 10 points (4 goals, 6 assists) over the final six games of the first half, while first-year Nick Rosa scored in both games against UMass Boston and has produced a point in five of the last seven contests for Babson.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers are 6-0-0 this season when leading after two periods.