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Game Preview: Men's Ice Hockey vs. UMass Boston

Game Preview: Men's Ice Hockey vs. UMass Boston

Men's Ice Hockey vs. UMass Boston
Thursday, January 12—7:30 p.m.
Fenway Park—Boston, Mass.

Babson and UMass Boston will meet for the 66th time on Thursday night in a series that dates back to the 1978-79 season. The Beavers are 43-16-6 all-time against the Beacons and have won seven of the last 10 meetings between the teams going back to the 2013 postseason.

The Beavers are looking for their first win at the historic ballpark after suffering losses to Norwich in 2012 and 2014, while UMass Boston defeated Salem State, 4-2, at Fenway Park in 2014.

Junior Colin Larkin scored 12:51 into overtime to lift UMass Boston to a 3-2 win over Babson in the NEHC Tournament championship game on March 5, 2016, in Boston. Juniors Ryan Gouveia and Bobby Hall each scored for the Beavers, who took a one-goal lead into the third period. Andrew Crawford and Alex Demchuck also had goals for the Beacons.

Sophomore Tommy Munichiello scored twice and Jamie Murray '16 made 36 saves as the Beavers edged UMass-Boston, 3-2, on January 15, 2016, in Boston. Senior Tim Searles scored the go-ahead goal at 4:13 of the third period and Murray stopped 14 shots over the final 20 minutes to preserve the win for Babson. Frankie DeAugustine and senior Tyler Bishop each had a goal for the Beacons.

UMass Boston (8-5-2, 3-4-1 NEHC) enters Thursday's tilt coming off a 2-1 loss to New England College on Saturday. First-year Ryan Cusin scored late in the third period and classmate Bailey MacBurnie turned away 30 shots for the Beacons, who finished 0-for-3 on the power play. Cusin (10-15-25) ranks third in Division III in scoring, Larkin (16-8-24) scored four goals in Friday's win over Saint Anselm and Bishop (2-19-21) leads the conference and is second in the country in assists. First-year goaltender Jordan Bustard is 7-4-2 with a 2.44 goals against average and a .899 save percentage in 13 starts this winter. UMass Boston is ranked sixth nationally in scoring offense (4.33 goals).

Babson (8-6-1, 5-3-0 NEHC) is looking to rebound from a 2-1 loss to Saint Anselm on Saturday afternoon. Junior Joe DePietto scored late in the second period and sophomore Bryan Botcher made 30 saves for the Beavers, who allowed the go-ahead goal with 2:02 left in regulation. Munichiello (6-8-14) and junior Rob Devaney (5-7-12) have combined for six power play goals, senior Michael Phillips (3-9-12) leads the team in assists and junior Charlie Ackerman (4-3-7) has scored a pair of game-winning goals. Botcher and fellow sophomore Matt Pompa have combined to post a 2.12 goals against average to go along with a .929 save percentage over the Green and White's first 15 games this season. Babson ranks 10th in Division III in scoring defense (2.13 goals).

Phillips, Casey and fellow senior Bill Seligman will all make their second career appearance for Babson as part of Frozen Fenway, while Bishop and fellow senior Albee Daley were both on the ice for the Beacons in the team's 2014 debut at Fenway Park.

Following a 32-save performance and his first shutout of the season in Friday's 3-0 win over New England College, Pompa was selected as the league's goaltender of the week on Monday. Pompa, who now has four career shutouts in just 15 starts, is tied for fifth in Division III in save percentage (.946) and ranks ninth nationally with a 1.72 goals against average this season.

In 12 meetings over the last four years between the Beavers and UMass Boston, five games have been decided by a single goals, two others were one-goal games into the final minute of the third period and another finished deadlocked following a five-minute overtime period.

Seligman, who was not in the lineup in any of Babson's three meetings against UMass Boston as a first-year in 2014, has three goals and five assists for eight points over the team's last six contests against the Beacons.

The team that has scored first has won seven of the last 10 meetings between the Beavers and Beacons.