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NEHC Tournament Quarterfinal Preview: No. 15/RV Men's Ice Hockey vs. Skidmore

NEHC Tournament Quarterfinal Preview: No. 15/RV Men's Ice Hockey vs. Skidmore

NEHC Tournament Quarterfinal
No. 15/RV Men's Ice Hockey vs. Skidmore
Saturday, February 16 | 7 p.m.
Babson Skating Center | Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Skidmore will meet for the third time this season and 41st time overall in a series that dates back to 1999. The Beavers are 32-6-2 all-time against the Thoroughbreds and are unbeaten over the last 16 matchups between the teams.

POSTSEASON HISTORY
• Babson and Skidmore will meet for the third time in four years and 10th time overall in the conference playoffs. The Beavers have won all nine of the previous matchups, which includes quarterfinal victories in both 2016 and 2018.

LAST MEETING
• Sophomore Patrick Flynn scored at 17:25 of the third period as Babson rallied for a 1-1 OT tie at Skidmore on February 2 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
• First-year Austin Rook scored 23 seconds before the second intermission for the Thoroughbreds, who got 35 saves from sophomore Brian Kowalski. Senior Matt Pompa stopped 24 shots for Babson.

LAST SKIDMORE WIN
• Dave Dupuis scored on a power play 3:45 into the second period and Brad Schuler added his ninth goal of the season just over seven minutes later as the Thoroughbreds shut out Babson, 3-0, on February 2, 2013, in Saratoga Springs.
• Ben Freiberg made 21 saves for Skidmore, while Zeke Testa '13 stopped 17 shots for the Beavers.

SCOUTING THE THOROUGHBREDS
• Sixth-seeded Skidmore (13-9-3, 9-6-3 NEHC) enters the playoffs riding a three-game unbeaten streak after edging Johnson & Wales, 2-1, last Saturday.
• Rook and junior Tim Allen each had a goal for the Throughbreds, who got 28 saves from junior netminder Brandon Kasel.
• Sophomore Matt Muzyka (9-11-20) has scored three times on the power play, Rook (7-12-19) is tied for third among NEHC rookies in scoring, and first-year Avery Steele (6-10-16) has scored four times on the power play and is second on the team with three game-winning goals.
• Kasel has started 19 of 25 games and is 10-7-1 with a 2.56 goals against average and a .918 save percentage in between the pipes.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Third-seeded Babson (16-6-3, 11-4-3 NEHC), which is 15th in the USCHO.com poll, suffered an 8-4 loss to then-No. 7/8 UMass Boston in the back end of a home-and-home series last Saturday.
• Sophomore Nick Rosa and first-year Matt Wiesner both had a goal and an assist for the Beavers, who scored three times on the power play.
• Rosa (13-15-28) ranks third in the league in scoring, first-year Mike Egan (12-14-26) is first among conference rookies in points, and Wiesner (15-7-22) leads the team and ranks second in the NEHC in goals.
• Senior Bryan Botcher has started 13 games going 9-3-1 with a 2.06 goals against average and a .929 save percentage, while Pompa is 7-3-2 with a 3.21 goals against average and a .905 save percentage in 12 starts.

FOUR BEAVERS EARN NEHC POSTSEASON HONORS
• Head coach Jamie Rice was selected as the league's coach of the year, while Egan, Rosa and junior Ryan McDougall were all named to the NEHC all-conference teams on Thursday.
• Babson's first rookie of the year since Jamas LaFreniere '06 in 2003, Egan was also collected third-team and all-rookie team accolades. Rosa grabbed a spot on the first team, while McDougall joined Egan on the third team.

UP ALL NIGHT
• Last season's NEHC quarterfinal between Babson and Skidmore lasted 3 hours and 21 minutes before senior Matt Brazel scored 10:26 into the second overtime period.
• The game was the Beavers' longest since going to double OT against Merrimack in 1986, and featured a combined 92 shots on goal and 96 face-offs. Additionally, the contest was the second in what is now four straight games between Babson and the Thoroughbreds to go to overtime.

POSTSEASON PERFORMERS
• Brazel, who was named to the NEHC All-Tournament team as a first-year in 2016, has produced three goals and seven assists for 10 points in seven career playoff games.
• Senior Tommy Munichiello had a goal in last season's quarterfinal win over Skidmore and has contributed three goals and two assists for five points in six career postseason outings.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers have won eight consecutive playoff games inside the Babson Skating Center while allowing just 11 goals.

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