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Game Preview: No. 13/12 Men's Ice Hockey at Norwich

Game Preview: No. 13/12 Men's Ice Hockey at Norwich

No. 13/12 Men's Ice Hockey at Norwich
Friday, January 18 | 7 p.m.
Kreitzberg Arena | Northfield, Vt.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Norwich will meet for the 74th time on Friday night in a series that dates back to the 1975-76 campaign. The Beavers are 25-41-7 in the all-time series and have a chance to pick up two wins in the regular season against the Cadets for the first time since the 1997-98 campaign.

LAST MEETING
• Sophomore Nick Rosa scored the go-ahead tally at 7:05 of the third period and the Beavers used four unanswered goals to rally for a 5-3 win over Norwich on November 10 in Babson Park.
• First-years Ryan Black, Zach Richterman, Cam Schmitt and Matt Wiesner all scored for Babson. Junior Todd Jackson and sophomores Ryan Boucher and Felix Brassard had goals for the Cadets.

LAST NORWICH WIN
• Kevin Salvucci completed his hat trick with a pair of goals late in the third period to lift the Cadets to a 5-3 victory at Babson on January 26, 2018.
• Connor Evangelista and sophomore Kale Kane also scored for Norwich. Matt McMorrow '18, Ryan Gouveia '18 and sophomore Connor Dahlman each had a goal for the Beavers, who tied the game with two power play tallies in less than three minutes midway through the third period.

SCOUTING THE CADETS
• Norwich (8-4-3, 5-4-1 NEHC) extended its unbeaten streak to four games with a 3-3 OT tie at Skidmore on Saturday.
• First-year Maxime Borduas had a goal and an assist and Brassard and rookie Brett Ouderkirk each scored once for the Cadets, who got 21 saves from junior netminder Tom Aubrun.
• Brassard (5-8-13) and Ouderkirk (6-6-12) have combined for five power play goals, junior Jordan Hall (4-7-11) is third on the team in assists, and sophomore Coby Downs (5-5-10) has 35 career points in 38 games.
• Aubrun (6-3-3) has posted a 2.20 goals against average and a .916 save percent in 12 starts between the pipes.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 13 USCHO.com/No. 12 D3hockey.com Babson (12-3-2, 7-1-2 NEHC) is unbeaten over its last five games after battling to a 4-4 OT tie at New England College last Saturday.
• Rosa, Wiesner and first-years Mike Egan and Trevor Marcinick all scored for the Beavers, who got 31 saves from senior Matt Pompa and tied the game at 7:29 of the third period.
• Rosa (12-10-22) is tied for first in the conference in scoring, Egan (8-11-19) is tied for second on the team in goals, and Wiesner (11-5-16) is third in the NEHC in goals.
• Pompa (5-2-1) has posted a 3.10 goals against average and a .908 save percentage in eight starts, while senior Bryan Botcher (7-1-1) ranks second in the league in both goals against average (1.95) and save percentage (.933) in nine starts.

EGAN COLLECTS ROOKIE OF THE WEEK HONOR
• After producing two goals and one assist in Friday's win at Southern Maine and scoring against in Saturday's tie at New England College, Egan was tabbed as the NEHC Rookie of the Week for the third time this season on Monday.

DEFORGE AMONG HOCKEY HUMANITARIAN NOMINEES
• Senior Stevie DeForge was one of 17 players nominated for the Hockey Humanitarian Award it was announced last 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 team but also to the community at-large through leadership and volunteerism.

POINTS APLENTY
• First-year John Corrigan has recorded an assist in five consecutive games and is now tied for fourth among NEHC defensemen with assists on the year.
• Egan (4-3-7), Black (1-6-7) and Rosa (3-3-6) have each scored in four straight games and combined for eight goals and 12 assists during that span, while Wisener has produced a goal in two consecutive outings and has at least a point in of the last three contests.

NEHC HITS HOME STRETCH
• With eight games to play the Green and White has collected 16 of a possible 20 points and sits in second place just two points behind league leader UMass Boston.
• The Beavers, who clinched a league playoff berth at New England College last Saturday, will play five of their final eight contests against teams that are currently in the top six of the conference standings.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• In 13 games dating back to November 10, the Beavers have successfully killed off 47 of 52 penalties.

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