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Game Preview: No. 14/13 Men's Ice Hockey vs. Southern Maine

Game Preview: No. 14/13 Men's Ice Hockey vs. Southern Maine

No. 14/13 Men's Ice Hockey vs. Southern Maine
Friday, November 18—7 p.m.
Babson Skating Center—Babson Park, Mass.

THE SERIES
Babson and Southern Maine will meet for the 33rd time on Friday night in a series that dates back to 1995. The Beavers hold a 23-8-1 edge all-time and have won nine straight against the Huskies going back to the 2012-2013 season.

LAST MEETING
Babson got goals from five different players and sophomore goaltender Matt Pompa made 13 saves as the Beavers shut out Southern Maine, 5-0, on January 30, 2016 in Babson Park. Junior Matt McMorrow, classmate Paul Wagner and sophomore Matt Brazel all scored for Babson, which got points from nine different players in the victory.

LAST SOUTHERN MAINE WIN
Dan Rautenberg scored a pair of second-period goals and Braely Torris made 28 saves as the sixth-seeded Huskies defeated Third-seeded Babson, 2-1, in an ECAC East Tournament quarterfinal on February 28, 2012, in Babson Park. Mike Driscoll '15 scored the Beavers' lone goal 3:23 into the first period.

SCOUTING THE HUSKIES
Southern Maine (2-2-0, 1-1-0 NEHC) allowed four unanswered goals and suffered a 6-5 loss to Daniel Webster last Saturday. Junior Brett Norman finished with a goal and two assists for the Huskies, who went 4-for-9 on the power play and built a 5-2 midway through the second period. Norman (2-4-6), senior Cole Klippenstein (2-3-5) and sophomore Parker Sanderson (2-1-3) have each scored two goals apiece on the power play, while classmate Jimmy Currier (2-0-2) has scored one game-winning goal. Junior goaltender Kyle Shapiro is 2-1 with a 1.67 goals against average and a .949 save percentage in three starts.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
No. 14 USCHO.com/No. 13 Babson (3-1-1, 2-0-0 NEHC) extended its winning streak to three with a 4-1 victory over Castleton last Saturday. Junior Rob Devaney had two goals and one assist, while senior Michael Phillips and junior Ryan Gouveia combined for two goals and four assists for the Beavers. Devaney (4-3-7) has scored three times on the power play, Phillips (2-4-6) leads the team in assists, and Gouveia (3-2-5) and senior Bill Seligman (2-3-5) have combined for three power play tallies. Sophomore Bryan Botcher is 2-0-1 with a 1.66 goals against average and a .932 save percentage, while Pompa has gone 1-1-0 with a 2.26 GAA and a .943 save percentage in three starts.

POWER PLAY PRODUCTION
The Beavers have scored seven times on the power play over the last three games, which includes five goals against Castleton and Skidmore last weekend.

STRONG BETWEEN THE PIPES
Babson has posted six consecutive shutouts against Southern Maine and has not allowed a goal to the Huskies in 384:15 going back to the second period of its 5-2 win on December 6, 2013.

LEADING BY EXAMPLE
Phillips (2-7-9) and fellow senior captain Tim Searles (3-4-7) have combined for five goals and 11 assists over seven games over the last three years against Southern Maine.

NEHC HONORS
Devaney was selected as the NEHC Co-Player of the Week on Monday after finishing with three goals and one assist for four points in last weekend's wins over Skidmore and Castleton. Additionally, Pompa was named to league's honor roll following a 39-save performance in a 2-1 win over the Thoroughbreds.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers have outscored their opponents 41-14 during their 11-game home unbeaten streak.

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