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Game Preview: No. 10/11 Men's Ice Hockey vs. Williams

Game Preview: No. 10/11 Men's Ice Hockey vs. Williams

No. 10/11 Men's Ice Hockey vs. Williams
Saturday, November 26—4 p.m.
Babson Skating Center—Babson Park, Mass.


Babson and Williams will meet for the 44th time overall and first time since 2013 on Saturday in a series that dates back to the 1979-80 season. The Beavers are 18-22-3 all-time and are looking for their first win over the Ephs since 2008.

George Hunkele finished with a goal and an assist as Williams built a three-goal lead before hanging on for a 3-2 win over Babson on December 1, 2013, in Williamstown. Connor Berto '14 and Nik Tasiopoulos '14 both scored for the Beavers, who got 27 saves from Jamie Murray '16. Sean Dougherty stopped 39 shots for the Ephs.

Casey Fazekas '10 scored twice and tacked on an assist for a three-point night, helping the Beavers pick up a 7-2 victory over Williams on February 16, 2008 in Babson Park. Leading 2-0 after the first period, Babson scored four times in a span of 4:23 midway through the second period to blow the game open.

Williams (1-1-0) followed up a 4-3 season-opening win over Bowdoin with a 4-1 loss to Colby last Saturday. Junior CJ Shugart scored 1:22 into the first period for the Ephs, who gave up two power play goals and saw the Mules score twice in the span of 34 seconds to put the game away late in the third period. Sophomore Marcus Mollica (2-0-2) and junior David Italiano (1-1-2), who finished with 22 points last season, are tied for the team lead in scoring along with senior Luke Stickel (0-2-2) and sophomore Roberto Cellini (0-2-2). Sophomore goaltender Michael Pinios, who went 13-4-1 in 18 starts last winter, has posted a 3.50 goals against average and a .863 save percentage in two starts this season.

No. 10 11 Babson (6-1-1) extended its winning streak to six with a 5-4 victory over UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday. Senior Dan Casey finished with two goals and one assist and junior Charlie Ackerman scored the go-ahead goal with 1:14 left in the third period for the Beavers, who got points from nine different players. Junior Rob Devaney (4-7-11) has scored three times on the power play, sophomore Tommy Munichiello (5-5-10) has a point in five straight games and senior Michael Phillips (3-7-10) is tied for the team lead in assists. Sophomore goaltenders Bryan Botcher and Matt Pompa have combined to post a 2.23 goals against average and a .924 save percentage for the Green and White.

The Beavers' 5-4 win against UMass Dartmouth on Tuesday was their highest scoring one-goal victory since defeating the University of New England 5-4 on January 21, 2011. The nine combined goals were also the most in a game since a 7-5 triumph over Saint Anselm on January 17, 2015.

In addition to Casey's three-point game, Ackerman, Munichiello and senior Tim Searles all finished with a goal and an assist to give Babson four players with two or more points in Tuesday's win.

Ackerman's game-winning goal against the Corsairs was the sixth of his career and made him the sixth different play to net a game-winning tally this season.

Babson, which has won each of its first six home games and is riding a 14-game unbeaten streak at the Babson Skating Center, will hit the road for four straight contests beginning on Sunday. The Green and White has outscored its foes 22-12 at home this season.

The Beavers have outscored their opponents 15-4 in the third period this season.