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Game Preview: No. 15/13 Men's Ice Hockey vs. Skidmore

Game Preview: No. 15/13 Men's Ice Hockey vs. Skidmore

No. 15/13 Men's Ice Hockey vs. Skidmore
Friday, November 11—7 p.m.
Babson Skating Center—Babson Park, Mass.


Babson and Skidmore will meet for the 33rd time on Friday night in a series that dates back to 1999. The Beavers are 25-6-1 all-time against the Thoroughbreds and have won eight consecutive games in the series.

Sophomores Matt Brazel and Tommy Munichiello both finished with a goal and two assists as second-seeded Babson scored four times on the power play to defeat seventh-seeded Skidmore, 5-2, in an NEHC Tournament quarterfinal on February 20, 2016, in Babson Park. Jared Wiedemann '16 added a goal and an assist for the Beavers, who built a three-goal lead after two periods.

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.

Skidmore (2-1-0, 2-0-0 NEHC) has won two straight games after blanking Saint Anselm, 4-0, last Saturday to sweep the opening weekend of league play. First-years Matt Wolf, Andrew Popp, Matt Bernot and Jack Barton all scored for the Thoroughbreds, who got 28 saves from rookie goalie Brandon Kasel. Senior Anthony Bird (2-1-3) and classmate Marc Cibelli (1-2-3) combined for three goals and two assists in the team's first two conference games, while Wolf (1-1-2) and sophomore Corey Morgan (1-1-2) have each recorded a game-winning goal. Kasel and senior goaltender Jack McDonald have combined to post a 1.67 goals against average and a .949 save percentage over Skidmore's first three games.

No. 15 13 Babson (1-1-1, 0-0-0 NEHC) enters its conference opener coming off a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over Plymouth State last Saturday. Senior Bill Seligman finished with a goal and two assists and junior Rob Devaney notched his first tally of the year at 17:05 of the third period to put the Beavers ahead for good. Seligman (1-2-3), Devaney (1-2-3) and senior Michael Phillips (1-2-3) lead the Green and White in scoring, while junior Ryan Gouveia has scored a goal in two of the team's first three games. Sophomore goaltenders Matt Pompa and Bryan Botcher have combined to post a 2.92 goals against average to go along with a .912 save percentage over the first three games.

The Beavers came in first on three ballots and were picked to finish third when the NEHC released its preseason coaches' poll in late October. The Green and White were just five points behind defending champion UMass Boston and one point in back of second-place Norwich. Skidmore was fourth after finishing sixth in last year's league standings.

Senior Tim Searles has two goals and six assists for eight points in his last six games against Skidmore, while classmate Dan Casey has contributed two goals and three assists in seven contests against the Thoroughbreds.

Babson erased a three-goal deficit to pull out an overtime tie at then-sixth-ranked Hobart on October 29, and then scored twice over the final eight minutes to rally for a one-goal victory over Plymouth State last Saturday.

The Beavers are 26-2-3 at home against NEHC foes since the start of the 2013-14 campaign.