Men's Ice Hockey vs. Saint Anselm
Saturday, January 7—4 p.m.
Babson Skating Center—Babson Park, Mass.
Babson and Saint Anselm will meet for the 64th time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1970. The Beavers are 39-20-4 all-time against the Hawks and have won 15 of their last 20 in the series going back to 2002.
Junior Charlie Ackerman scored twice and classmate Matt McMorrow contributed a career-high three assists as the Beavers rallied past Saint Anselm, 3-1, on February 12, 2016, in Babson Park. Jared Wiedemann '16 also scored for Babson, while Nick Leonard scored the Hawks' lone goal late in the first period.
LAST SAINT ANSELM WIN
Senior Brendon Kerrigan scored on the power play at 12:50 of the first period as Saint Anselm edged Babson, 1-0, on January 9, 2016, in Manchester, N.H. Junior goaltender Shane Joyce finished with 25 saves to post his first shutout of the year for the Hawks, while Jamie Murray '16 stopped 19 shots for the Beavers.
SCOUTING THE HAWKS
Saint Anselm (6-6-1, 2-5-0 NEHC) suffered a 5-2 loss at 12th-ranked UMass Boston on Friday night. Senior CJ Blaszka and first-year Trey Aiello both scored and senior Peter Sikalis finished with two assists for the Hawks, who went 0-for-4 on the power play and fell behind 4-1 midway through the second period. Sophomore Jeremy Carignan (6-8-14) has scored twice on the power play, Kerrigan (3-9-12) has two shorthanded goals and leads the team in assist, and Sikalis (4-6-10) is tied for the team lead with three power play tallies. Joyce is 5-4-1 with a 2.28 goals against average and a .920 save percentage to go along with one shutout in 10 starts on the year.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (8-5-1, 5-2-0 NEHC) returned from the holiday break and snapped a four-game losing streak by blanking New England College, 3-0, on Friday night. Ackerman, senior Bill Seligman and junior Rob Devaney all scored once, and sophomore goaltender Matt Pompa turned away 32 shots to record his fourth career shutout and first of the season for the Beavers. Sophomore Tommy Munichiello (6-8-14) and Devaney (5-7-12) have combined for six power play goals, senior Michael Phillips (3-9-12) leads the squad in assists and Ackerman (4-3-7) is tied for the team lead with a pair of game-winning goals. Pompa and fellow sophomore Bryan Botcher have combined to post a 2.13 goals against average and a .928 save percentage on the year.
SETTING THE TABLE
Munichiello and junior Jake Donahue both recorded two assists in Friday night's win, while senior Dan Casey and sophomore Matt Brazel each contributed one assist apiece for the Beavers.
WHERE DO WE STAND
Babson has taken 10 of a possible 14 points from its first seven NEHC contests and sits in a three-way tie for second place along with Skidmore and New England College. Norwich, which has played two more games than the Green and White, is currently atop the league standings with 16 points.
PAST SUCCESS AGAINST THE HAWKS
Phillips has scored three goals and contributed two assists for five points in six career games against Saint Anselm, while junior Bobby Hall has three assists in four contests against the Hawks over the last two seasons.
The Green and White has outscored its opponents 19-9 in the third period, which includes a 14-1 margin over its first eight home games.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers have successfully killed off 17-of-19 penalties over their last six games.
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Men's Ice Hockey vs. Saint Anselm