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Game Preview: No. 14/15 Men's Ice Hockey at Johnson & Wales

Game Preview: No. 14/15 Men's Ice Hockey at Johnson & Wales

No. 14/15 Men's Ice Hockey at Johnson & Wales
Saturday, November 17 | 4 p.m.
Lynch Arena | Pawtucket, R.I.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Johnson & Wales, which is in its first season as an NEHC member, will meet for the first time on Saturday.

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
• Johnson & Wales (0-3-2, 0-2-1 NEHC) has dropped back-to-back games after suffering a 5-2 loss to No. 9/10 UMass Boston.
• Junior Conor Cassidy and sophomore Anthony Scarcella both scored for the Wildcats, who got 35 saves from sophomore netminder Mike Rockwell.
• Junior Connor Betchel (2-2-4) leads the team in scoring, classmate Matt Bernot (2-1-3 has scored a pair of game-tying goals, and Cassidy (1-2-3) and first-year Jake Glod (1-2-3) have combined for four assists.
• Rockwell has started all five games posting a 3.68 goals against average and a .887 save percentage in between the pipes.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 14 USCHO.com/No. 15 D3hockey.com Babson (5-0-1, 4-0-1 NEHC) remained unbeaten with a 2-1 win at Suffolk on Friday night.
• First-years Matt Wiesner and John Corrigan both scored in the third period and senior goaltender Bryan Botcher made a season-high 33 saves for the Beavers.
• Sophomore Nick Rosa (6-4-10) is tied for the league lead in scoring, first-year Mike Egan (2-6-8) is tied for third in the NEHC in assists, and Wiesner (6-0-6) has scored in five of his first six outings.
• Botcher (2-0-1) and senior Matt Pompa (3-0-0) have combined to post a 2.14 goals against average and a .931 save percentage.

BACK IN THE POLLS
• Following a stretch of nearly two years without being ranked, the Beavers jumped back into the USCHO.com and D3hockey.com national polls this week.
• Prior to falling out of the rankings on December 5, 2016, the Beavers had appeared in 69 consecutive editions of the D3hockey.com poll dating back to January 14, 2013, and 67 straight USCHO polls since February 18, 2013.

WEEKLY RECOGNITION FOR ROSA, EGAN
• Rosa was tabbed as the NEHC Player of the Week after scoring game-winning goals against both Castleton and Norwich, while Egan was selected as the league's rookie of the week for the second time in three weeks after contributing three assists in the wins.

STAYING OUT OF THE BOX
• The Green and White enters the weekend ranked third among 73 Division III programs in fewest penalty minutes per game. Babson's 7.80 minutes are more than only Oswego (7.33) and Salem State (7.00).
• Conversely, Saturday's opponent Johnson & Wales is averaging 19.80 penalty minutes over its first five outings.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Through six games, the Beavers have outscored their opponents 11-3 in the third period.

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