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Weekend Preview: No. 8 Men's Ice Hockey Travels to Suffolk, Johnson & Wales on Final NEHC Road Trip

Weekend Preview: No. 8 Men's Ice Hockey Travels to Suffolk, Johnson & Wales on Final NEHC Road Trip

No. 8 Men's Ice Hockey at Suffolk
Friday, February 7 | 7 p.m.
Emmons Horrigan O'Neil Rink | Charlestown, Mass.
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No. 8 Men's Ice Hockey at Johnson & Wales
Saturday, February 8 | 4 p.m.
Lynch Arena | Pawtucket, R.I.

WHAT TO KNOW
• Following a five-game home stand No. 8 Babson's final NEHC regular season road trip features visits to Suffolk and Johnson & Wales.

SERIES HISTORY
vs. Suffolk
• Babson is 5-0-0 all-time against Suffolk in a series that dates back to 2009.
• The Beavers have outscored the Rams 16-4 in three wins going back to the start of last year.
• Babson got goals from six different players and scored four times on the power play in a 6-0 win over Suffolk back on December 7.

vs. Johnson & Wales
• Babson is 3-0-0 all-time versus Johnson & Wales in a series that dates back to 2018.
• Following a pair of 5-1 victories last winter, the Beavers got a hat trick from sophomore Mike Egan and scored four power play goals in a 6-0 victory over the Wildcats in early December.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 8 Babson (15-4-2, 10-3-1 NEHC) suffered a 4-0 loss to No. 1 Norwich last Saturday, snapping its 15-game unbeaten streak.
• Sophomore goaltender Aidan Murphy finished with 22 saves for the Beavers, who went 0-for-2 on the power play in the loss.
• Sophomore Ryan Black (9-16-25), classmate Matt Wiesner (9-12-21) and Egan (11-8-19) have each scored three times on the power play, while senior Ryan McDougall (6-12-18) ranks fourth among NEHC defensemen in points.
• Murphy, who is 9-1-1 in 11 starts, and junior Brad Arvanitis (6-2-1) have combined to post a 1.39 goals against average and a .953 save percentage to go along with five shutouts in 20 starts this winter.

SCOUTING THE RAMS
• Suffolk (6-13-2, 2-10-2 NEHC) has dropped its last three games and is coming off a 4-0 setback at Southern Maine last Saturday.
• First-year netminders Cal Wilcox and Jerret Bovarnik combined to stop 24 shots for the Rams, who were blanked for the fifth time this season.
• Senior Brian Brooks (5-10-15) has 13 points in 14 conference games, sophomore Shawn Montgomery (4-8-12) is tied for second on the team in assists, and first-year Devin Lowe (3-8-11) is tied for the team lead with two power play goals.
• Wilcox has started 15 games between the pipes going 4-9-2 with a 4.19 goals against average and a .890 save percentage.

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
• Johnson & Wales (4-17-0, 1-13-0 NEHC) has won just once over its last 10 games and is coming off a 10-3 setback at New England College last Saturday.
• Junior Anthony Scarcella, senior Conor Cassidy and first-year Kodi Legassie all scored for the Wildcats, who saw the Pilgrims go 7-for-13 on the power play in the loss.
• Senior Matt Bernot (8-10-18) leads the squad in goals and assists, while Scarcella (5-5-10) and sophomore Jake Glod (5-5-10) have combined for six goals and 12 points in conference play.
• Junior goaltender Mike Rockwell has gone 4-13-0 with a 4.74 goals against average and a .885 save percentage in 17 starts this winter.

DAHLMAN REACHES CENTURY MARK
• Senior defenseman Connor Dahlman played in the 100th and 101st games of his career last weekend against Castleton and Norwich.
• He has missed just one contest over his four years at Babson and has produced five goals and 26 assists for 31 career points.

MCDOUGALL, EGAN AMONG JOE CONCANNON AWARD SEMIFINALISTS
• For the third time in program history and first time since 2016 Babson had two players selected as Joe Concannon Award semifinalists on Thursday.
• McDougall and Egan were among 30 players named as semifinalists for the prestigious award, which has been given to the top American-born player competing at the Division II/III level in New England by the Greater Gridiron Club of Boston since 2001.

TWO-HEADED MONSTER
• Arvanitis made 24 saves in last Friday's 6-1 win over Castleton and has gone 6-0-1 with a 0.56 goals against average, a .982 save percentage and four shutouts during his last seven starts.
• Overall, he ranks first in Division III in save percentage (.964), second in goals against average (1.11) and tied for third in the country with four shutouts.
• Despite suffering the first loss of his career against Norwich, Murphy ranks third in Division III in save percentage (.944) and fourth in goals against average (1.61).

NEHC RESET
• With two weekends of regular season play remaining, the Beavers are one of seven teams that has clinched a spot in the upcoming NEHC Tournament.
• Babson is two points away from clinching home ice in the quarterfinal round on February 22 and enters the weekend sitting in second place, one point ahead of New England College and two points clear of Hobart.

Place  School Points  Record   2/7-8 Opponents 
1. Norwich 27 13-1-1 at CST
2. Babson 21 10-3-1 at SUF, at JWU
3. New England College   20 10-5-0 at SKD, at HOB
4. Hobart 18 8-4-2 USM, NEC
5. UMass Boston 15 7-6-1 at JWU, at SUF
6. Skidmore 14 6-6-2 NEC, USM
7. Southern Maine 14 6-7-2 at HOB, at SKD
8. Castleton 7 3-11-1 NOR
  Suffolk 6 2-10-2 BAB, UMB
  Johnson & Wales 2 1-13-0 UMB, BAB

 

SPECIAL TEAMS STALWARTS
• The Beavers enter the weekend as one of just two teams in Division III along with Wisconsin-River Falls that ranks in the top 10 nationally on both the power play and the penalty kill.
• Babson ranks second on the power play converting 28-of-83 chances for a 33.7 percent success rate, and is sixth on the penalty kill have allowed just six goals in 61 shorthanded situations for a 90.2 percent success rate.
• The Beavers' 28 power play goals are their highest total since 2014-15 and their six goals allowed are the fewest since the 2013-14 campaign when they gave up just nine in 29 contests.

ALL GOOD THINGS MUST END
• Babson's loss to Norwich on Saturday was its first since falling on the road to the Cadets on November 22.
• The Green and White went 13-0-2 and allowed the first goal just once in a 1-1 OT tie at Amherst on December 1 during its 15-game unbeaten streak.
• The Beavers recorded five shutout victories and three other wins by a single goal.

NUMBER TO KNOW
• The Beavers are 14-1-1 when allowing two goals or less on the year.

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