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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 at UMass Boston
Saturday, January 14—4 p.m.
Edward T. Barry Ice Rink—Boston, Mass.


Babson and UMass Boston will meet for the 67th time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to the 1978-79 season. The Beavers are 43-17-6 all-time against the Beacons but are looking to snap a three-game skid going back to last January.

First-years Ryan Cusin and Noah Redler each had a goal and an assist as UMass Boston defeated Babson, 5-1, on Thursday night at Fenway Park. Junior Colin Larkin contributed three assists for the Beacons, who broke a 1-1 deadlock with three goals inside of four minutes in the second period. Junior Matt McMorrow scored his first goal of the season for the Beavers.

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 (9-5-2, 4-4-1 NEHC) has now won four of its last six games and is within a point of the Beavers in the conference standings following Thursday's victory at Fenway Park. Cusin (11-16-27) and Larkin (16-11-27), who scored four goals in last Friday's win over Saint Anselm, are tied for second in Division III in scoring, while Bishop (3-19-22) leads the conference and is second in the country in assists. First-year goaltender Bailey MacBurnie turned away 37 shots on Thursday night and owns a 1.68 goals against average and a .953 save percentage in three starts this season. UMass Boston is ranked sixth nationally in scoring offense (4.38 goals).

Babson (8-7-1, 5-4-0 NEHC) sits in fourth place, one point ahead of the Beacons, as the teams enter the second half of conference play on Saturday. 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. Sophomores Bryan Botcher and Matt Pompa have combined to post a 2.30 goals against average to go along with a .922 save percentage over the Green and White's first 16 games this season. Babson ranks 16th in Division III in scoring defense (2.31 goals).

In 13 meetings over the last four years between the Beavers and UMass Boston, five games have been decided by a single goal, two others were one-goal games into the final minute of the third period and another finished deadlocked following a five-minute overtime period.

Babson committed just one penalty in Thursday's game and ranks 18th in Division III on the penalty kill, allowing just eight goals in 59 opportunities this season. Despite going just 1-for-14 on the power play over the last four games, the Beacons lead the country with 26 power play tallies.

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 seven contests against the Beacons.

The team that has scored first has won eight of the last 11 meetings between the Beavers and Beacons.