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

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

No. 13/12 Men's Ice Hockey at Castleton
Saturday, January 19 | 3 p.m.
Spartan Arena | Rutland, Vt.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Castleton will meet for the 27th time on Saturday in a series that dates back to 2004. The Beavers are 17-5-4 all-time against the Spartans and are unbeaten over the last seven matchups (6-0-1) between the teams.

LAST MEETING
• Sophomore Nick Rosa tied the game 15 seconds into the second period and scored the go-ahead goal at 11:13 of the third as the Beavers edged Castleton, 2-1, on November 9 in Babson Park.
• First-year Mike Egan finished with two assists for Babson. First-year Jason Bilski had a goal and senior Wyatt Pickrell finished with 37 saves for the Spartans.

LAST CASTLETON WIN
• Erick Mack and Charles Bando each scored in the second period and Ryan Mulder stopped a then-career-high 46 shots as Castleton topped Babson, 3-1, on January 30, 2015, in Rutland, Vt.
• Rob Devaney '18 scored the Beavers lone goal in the loss.

SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
• Castleton (3-11-4, 1-8-2 NEHC) has dropped three straight games after suffering a 1-0 loss to UMass Boston on Friday night.
• Senior Wyatt Pickrell matched his season high with 44 saves for the Spartans, who finished 0-for-5 on the power play.
• First-year Asa Parker (4-7-11) has scored twice on the power play, while sophomores Glenn Wiswell (4-5-9) and Nick Gravina (1-5-6) are tied for second on the team in assists.
• Pickrell has gone 2-9-4 with a 3.07 goals against average and a .918 save percentage in 15 starts on the year.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 13 USCHO.com/No. 12 D3hockey.com Babson (12-4-2, 7-2-2 NEHC) suffered its first loss since December 1 on Friday, falling 4-0 at Norwich.
• Senior Bryan Botcher made 18 saves for the Beavers, who were shutout for the first time in 59 games going back to 2016.
• Rosa (12-10-22) is tied for second in the league in scoring, Egan (8-11-19) leads NEHC rookies in points, and the trio of first-year Matt Wiesner (11-5-16), senior Tommy Munichiello (5-11-16) and rookie Ryan Black (4-12-16) have combined for 31 points in 11 conference games.
• Botcher (7-2-1) and senior Matt Pompa (5-2-1) have combined to post a 2.53 goals against average and a .918 save percentage this winter.

END OF THE ROAD
• Babson's seven-game road trip, which began with a trip to the midwest and featured contests in six different states, wraps up on Saturday in Rutland.
• The Green and White has gone 4-1-1 over the first six games, which includes a pair of two-goal comebacks.

EGAN COLLECTS NEHC, D3HOCKEY.COM HONORS
• 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.
• He added to his resume on Friday when he was one of six players selected to the D3hockey.com Team of the Week.

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.

PENALTY KILLING PROWESS
• The Green and White has killed off 13 straight penalties and ranks ninth in Division III with an 88.4 percent (61-of-69) success rate this winter on the penalty kill.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers have won 12 of their last 15 games following a loss dating back to January 2017. 

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