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

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

No. 12/13 Men's Ice Hockey at No. 14/RV Hobart
Friday, February 1 | 7 p.m.
The Cooler | Geneva, N.Y.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Hobart will meet for the 18th time on Friday night in a series that dates back to the 1987-88 season. The Beavers are 10-4-3 all-time against the Statesmen but have dropped two straight in the series.

LAST MEETING
• Junior Julien Denicourt finished with a goal and an assist and then-No. 12/12 Hobart scored three times in the first period en route to a 6-3 victory over the Beavers on December 1 in Babson Park.
• Sophomore Kyle Lynch scored on the power play and classmate Andrew Longo contributed two assists for the Statesmen. Sophomore Nick Rosa notched a goal and an assist for Babson.

LAST BABSON WIN
• Ryan Gouveia '18 scored at 13:35 of the third period to help the Beavers edge Hobart, 4-3, on January 12, 2018, in Geneva.
• Bobby Hall '18 also scored in the third period for the Beavers, who got first-period tallies form Rosa and sophomore Christian Faggas. Junior Lawson MacDougall contributed a goal and an assist for the Statesmen.

SCOUTING THE STATESMEN
• No. 14 USCHO.com/RV D3hockey.com Hobart (14-6-1, 8-5-1 NEHC) is unbeaten in its last three games and is coming off a 5-2 win at Southern Maine last Saturday.
• First-year Pierre-Anthony Martineu had two goals and sophomore Ryan Lynch and junior Will Harrison both contributed a goal and an assist for the Statesmen, which built a 3-0 lead less than five minutes into the second period.
• Senior Jonas Toupal (10-11-21) is averaging better than a point per game in league play, first-year Zach Tyson (5-16-21) is second in the conference in assists, and MacDougall (8-12-20) has surpassed the 20-point mark for the second year in a row.
• Junior Alexander Connal is 7-5-0 with a 2.37 goals against average and a .905 save percentage, while first-year Liam Lascelle (5-1-1-) defeated Babson in the first meeting and boasts a 1.99 GAA and a .918 save percentage.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 12 USCHO.com/No. 13 D3hockey.com Babson (15-4-2, 10-2-2 NEHC) has won three straight games after defeating Suffolk, 8-3, last Saturday.
• Senior Stevie DeForge recorded his first career hat trick and first-year Matt Wiesner scored twice for the Beavers, who exploded for five first-period goals.
• Rosa (12-13-25) is tied for second in the NEHC in points, first-year Mike Egan (11-13-24) leads all conference rookies in points, and Wiesner (14-6-20) has scored 11 times in 14 games against league foes.
• Senior Bryan Botcher is 8-2-1 in 11 starts and ranks third in the conference in both goals against average (1.97) and save percentage (.927), while classmate Matt Pompa has gone 7-2-1 with a 2.98 GAA and a .911 save percentage in 10 starts.

MULTI-POINT MADNESS
• In addition to DeForge's hat trick and Wiesner's two-goal performance against Suffolk, junior Ryan McDougall and first-year Max Torrez each finished with a goal and an assist, while Egan and sophomore Patrick Flynn recorded two assists apiece for the Beavers.
• On Friday night against Johnson & Wales, senior Matt Brazel had a goal and two assists for three points, while Faggas notched the first two-goal game of his career.

ROOKIE DUO JOINS EXCLUSIVE GROUP
• Egan and Wiesner are the first Babson rookies to surpass the 20-point mark since Michael Phillips '17, who now plays for the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL.
• Additionally, Egan and Wiener are the program's first duo to produce 20 or more points since the 2006-07 campaign when Jason Schneider '10 (14-12-26) and Shane Farrell '10 (10-15-25) finished second and third, respectively, on the team in scoring.

CONFERENCE RESET
• The Green and White, which play three of its final four games on the road, enters the next-to-last weekend of the regular season in second place just two points behind UMass Boston. The Beavers and Beacons both play Hobart and Skidmore this weekend and will meet next Friday and Saturday in a home-and-home series that begins in Babson Park.

STREAKING BEAVERS
• Egan (3-2-5) and first-year Ryan Black (2-2-4) both enter the weekend riding three-game point streaks.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 7-0-2 this winter when scoring on the power play.

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