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Game Preview: No. 14/15 Men's Ice Hockey vs. Suffolk

Game Preview: No. 14/15 Men's Ice Hockey vs. Suffolk

No. 14/15 Men's Ice Hockey vs. Suffolk
Saturday, January 26 | 4 p.m.
Babson Skating Center | Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Suffolk will meet for just the fourth time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to 2009. The Beavers are 3-0-0 all-time against the Rams.

LAST MEETING
• First-year John Corrigan scored the go-ahead goal at 16:47 of the third period to lift then-No. 14/15 Babson to a 2-1 win over Suffolk on November 16 in Charlestown, Mass.
• First-year Matt Wiesner also scored for the Beavers, who got 33 saves from senior netminder Bryan Botcher. First-year Joe Feeney had a goal for the Rams, who carried a 1-0 lead into the third period.

SCOUTING THE RAMS
• Suffolk (7-12-0, 4-9-0) has dropped three straight games after suffering a 4-1 loss to No. 8/11 UMass Boston on Friday night.
• David Lappin tied the game at 11:30 of the second period and Michael Levine stopped 37 shots for the Rams, who gave up three unanswered goals over the final 26 minutes.
• Senior Mikhail Bryan (7-15-22) is tied for fifth in the league in scoring, sophomore Jack Kelly (10-7-17) leads the team in goals and senior Tommy Bishop (6-6-12) is one of two players to score three times on the power play this winter.
• Levine has gone 5-11-0 with a 3.25 goals against average and a .901 save percentage in 17 starts.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 14 USCHO.com/No. 15 D3hockey.com Babson (14-4-2, 9-2-2 NEHC) has won two straight games after dispatching Johnson & Wales 5-1 on Friday night.
• Sophomore Christian Faggas scored twice and senior Matt Brazel finished with a goal and two assists for the Beavers, who outshot the Wildcats 63-14.
• Sophomore Nick Rosa (12-13-25) is second in the league in points, first-year Mike Egan (11-11-22) leads all NEHC rookies in scoring, and classmate Ryan Black (5-14-19) is first on the team in assists.
• Botcher has gone 8-2-1 and ranks third in the conference in both goals against average (1.97) and save percentage (.927) in 11 starts, while senior Matt Pompa is 6-2-1 with a 2.97 GAA and .911 save percentage in nine games this winter.

CONFERENCE POINTS RACE
• With five games to go in the regular season, the Beavers sit in second place in the NEHC standings with 20 points and are just two points behind first-place UMass Boston. Babson and the Beacons have both locked up a berth in the conference tournament, which begins on February 16.
• Teams three through six in the standings are separated by just two points, while Suffolk is currently seventh.

WELCOME BACK
• After opening the second half of the season with seven consecutive contests games, the Green and White played its first home game since December 1 on Friday night.
• The Beavers improved to 6-3-1 inside the Babson Skating Center, which includes a 5-1-1 mark against conference foes.

PRODUCING AT HOME
• After combining for three goals and two assists in Friday's win over Johnson & Wales, both Brazel and Faggas have recorded at least a point in each of the Beavers' last four home games.
• Faggas has scored four goals and one assist for five points, while Brazel has contributed two goals and four assists for six points during this stretch.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 10-0-1 this season and are unbeaten in 29 games going back to 2017 when allowing two goals or less.

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