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Game Preview: Men's Ice Hockey vs. New England College

Game Preview: Men's Ice Hockey vs. New England College

Men's Ice Hockey vs. New England College
Friday, January 6—7 p.m.
Babson Skating Center—Babson Park, Mass.


Babson and New England College will meet for the 63rd time on Friday night in a series that dates back to 1977. The Beavers hold a 38-18-6 edge all-time and are unbeaten in 10 straight games against the Pilgrims (5-0-5) going back to 2011, including a pair of ties last season.

Seniors Michael Phillips and Bill Seligman both scored and Jamie Murray '16 made 23 saves as the Beavers and New England College played to a 2-2 overtime tie on February 13, 2016, in Babson Park. Sophomores Connor Fries and Mike Whitehair each had a goal for the Pilgrims, who got 39 saves from senior netminder Brett Kilar.

Seligman scored twice and fellow senior Dan Casey added a goal and two assists as third-seeded Babson defeated sixth-seeded New England College, 3-1, in an ECAC East quarterfinal on February 21, 2015, in Babson Park. Murray made 19 saves for the Beavers, who took the lead for good on Seligman's first tally at 5:58 of the second period.

The Pilgrims scored four second-period goals and Johan Qvarfordt tacked on a pair of third-period tallies en route to a season-opening 6-2 win over Babson on November 4, 2011, in Babson Park. Ben Kravitz '14 had a goal and an assist for the Beavers, who scored twice on the power play.

New England College (8-4-0, 5-2-0 NEHC) saw its five-game winning streak come to an end with a 3-1 loss at Amherst on Monday. Whitehair scored midway through the first period and Kilar finished with 27 saves for the Pilgrims, who gave up a pair of power play tallies over the final two periods. First-year Carlos Fornaris (4-13-17) is tied for eighth nationally in assists, sophomore Andreas Zollner (6-9-15) is tied for the team lead with two game-winning goals, and Fries (7-7-14) leads the squad with three power play tallies. Kilar has gone 7-4-0 with a 2.22 goals against average, a .928 save percentage and two shutouts in 11 starts this winter. New England College leads the conference and ranks seventh nationally in scoring offense (4.43 goals).

Babson (7-5-1, 4-2-0 NEHC) begins the second half of the season looking to snap a five-game losing streak after suffering a 1-0 OT loss at Curry back on December 8. Sophomore goaltender Matt Pompa made 19 saves for the Beavers, who saw the Colonels break the scoreless deadlock 41 seconds into the extra session. Phillips (3-9-12) leads the team in assists, while sophomore Tommy Munichiello (6-6-12) and junior Rob Devaney (4-7-11) have each scored three times on the power play. Casey (3-4-7) is tied for fourth on the squad in scoring and is one of seven players with at least three goals on the year. Pompa and fellow sophomore Bryan Botcher have combined to post a 2.29 goals against average to go along with a .922 save percentage for the Green and White, which ranks 16th in Division III in scoring defense.

The Beavers and New England College have skated to a tie in each of their last three regular season meetings, and have finished deadlocked each of the last five times they have gone to overtime. The last overtime victory for either team in the series came on January 5, 2001.

Seligman enters Friday's contest riding a three-game points streak against the Pilgrims. He has three goals and one assist for four points during the streak.

Despite a 3-4-0 record, Pompa ranks third among NEHC goaltenders with a 1.96 save percentage and a .938 save percentage in eight starts, while Botcher has gone 4-1-1 and ranks fourth in goals against average (2.07) to go along with a .922 save percentage in seven appearances on the year.

The Green and White is 10-0-1 over its last 11 games against NEHC opponents at the Babson Skating Center and is unbeaten in 15 straight contests at home going back to last January.

The Beavers are 5-0-1 this season and have lost just once over their last 26 games when scoring at least three goals.