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.

THE SERIES
• 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.

LAST MEETING
• 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.

LAST BABSON WIN
• 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.

LAST NEW ENGLAND COLLEGE WIN
• 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.

SCOUTING THE PILGRIMS
• 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.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 15 USCHO.com/No. 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.

RETURN TO THE RANKINGS
• 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 d3hockey.com poll and 47 points to finish 15th in the USCHO.com poll.

DEFORGE AMONG HOCKEY HUMANITARIAN NOMINEES
• 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.

STREAKING BEAVERS
• 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. 

SOMETHING HAS TO GIVE
• 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.

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