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Game Preview: No. 15/14 Men's Ice Hockey at New England College

Game Preview: No. 15/14 Men's Ice Hockey at New England College

No. 15/14 Men's Ice Hockey at New England College
Saturday, January 12 | 4 p.m.
Lee Clement Arena| Henniker, N.H.

• Babson and New England College will meet for the 70th time on Saturday in a series that dates back to 1977.
• The Beavers are 41-21-7 all-time against the Pilgrims.

• First-year Matt Wiesner scored 11:46 into the third period and senior Bryan Botcher made 29 saves to help the Beavers earn a 2-2 OT tie with New England College on November 2 in Babson Park.
• First-year Ryan Black also scored for Babson, while juniors Ryan Walsh and William Riise each had a goal for the Pilgrims, who got 335 saves from Anthony Pupplo.

• Matt McMorrow '18 scored twice and senior Matt Brazel added a goal and an assist to help the Beavers defeat New England College, 4-2, on February 10, 2018, in Babson Park.
• Junior Adam Zollner and sophomore Nicholas Rein both scored for the Pilgrims.

• Senior Mike Whitehair scored the go-ahead goal at 4:51 of the third period to help the Pilgrims edge the Beavers, 5-3, on January 19, 2018, in Babson Park.
• Riise and senior Connor Fries also scored for New England College, while Munichiello, Charlie Ackerman '18 and Bobby Hall '18 each had a goal for Babson.

• New England College (10-3-2, 5-3-2 NEHC) has won five straight games and is unbeaten over its last eight contests after defeating No. 8/5 UMass Boston, 3-2, on Friday night.
• Zollner, Riise and Fries each had a goal and Pupplo made 36 saves as the Pilgrims raced out to a three-goal lead before giving up two power play tallies late in the second period.
• Junior Carlos Fornaris (1-19-20) ranks fourth in Division III in assists, Fries (11-5-16) is tied for the conference lead in goals, and first-year Nikita Pintusov (10-6-16) owns a team-high five power play goals.
• Pupplo ranks first in the NEHC in both goals against average (1.83) and save percentage (.939) while going 8-3-2 in 13 starts between the pipes.

• No. 15 14 D3hockey Babson (12-3-1, 7-1-1 NEHC) extended its winning streak to four with a 6-2 victory at Southern Maine on Friday night.
• First-year Mike Egan scored twice, sophomore Nick Rosa had a goal and two assists, and Black registered two assists for the Beavers, who broke the game open with four second-period goals.
• Rosa (11-10-21) is tied for the conference lead in goals and points, Egan (7-11-18) leads all NEHC rookies in scoring, and the duo of senior Tommy Munichiello (5-11-16) and Black (4-11-15) have combined for 16 assists in conference play.
• Botcher (7-1-1) boasts a 1.95 goals against average and a .933 save percentage in nine starts, while classmate Matt Pompa is 5-2-0 with a 3.00 goals against average and a .912 save percentage in seven starts.

• The Green and White, which slipped out of both polls back on November 26, returned to the national rankings on Monday.
• Babson totaled 53 points to come in 14th in the poll and 47 points to finish 15th in the poll.

• Senior Stevie DeForge was one of 17 players nominated for the Hockey Humanitarian Award it was announced on Thursday.
• He is one of just four Division III players nominated for the for the award, which is presented annually to hockey's finest citizen – a student-athlete who makes significant contributions not only to his or her tam bual also to the community at-large through leadership and volunteerism.

• Babson's top line of Black (1-5-6), Rosa (2-3-5) and Egan (3-3-6) has combined for six goals and 11 assists over the last three games.
• First-year Max Torrez has scored in back-to-back games after returning from injury on Saturday at Curry, while sophomore Cooper Norton extended his points streak to four games with an assist in Friday's win. 

• The Green and White is 7-0-0 on the road this season and enters Saturday's game with the longest active road winning streak in Division III, while New England College has gone 7-0-1 at home.
• Babson is 2-2-1 in its last five games inside Lee Clement Arena, which includes a 3-1 win last season.

• With three goals on Friday night, the Beavers are 5-0-1 this season when scoring on the power play.