Men's Ice Hockey at Castleton
Friday, January 20—7 p.m.
Spartan Arena—Rutland, Vt.
Babson and Castleton will meet for the 23rd time overall and second time this season in a series that dates back to 2004. The Beavers are 14-5-3 all-time against the Spartans and have won four of the last five contests between the teams.
Junior Rob Devaney scored twice on the power play and finished with three points on the night as the Beavers defeated Castleton, 4-1, to help head coach Jamie Rice record his 200th career victory on November 12 in Babson Park. Senior Michael Phillips and junior Ryan Gouveia each added a goal and two assists for the Beavers, who got 25 saves from sophomore netminder Bryan Botcher. Brock Labelle scored 7:22 into the first period for the Spartans.
LAST CASTLETON WIN
Erick Mack and Charles Bando each scored in the second period and junior goaltender Ryan Mulder stopped a then-career-high 46 shots as Castleton topped Babson, 3-1, on January 30, 2015, in Rutland. Devaney scored the Beavers lone goal in the loss.
SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
Castleton (7-8-2, 6-4-0 NEHC) enters the weekend riding a four-game winning streak following its 3-2 overtime victory over Saint Anselm last Saturday. First-year Otis Goldman scored 4:29 into the extra session and Mulder made 28 saves for the Spartans, who led 2-0 more than eight minutes into the third period. Labelle (3-9-12) has produced six points over the last four games, senior Bart Moran (7-4-11) has scored four of his six power play goals in league play and classmate Patrick Thornton (1-10-11) leads the team in assists. Mulder is 6-4-1 with a 2.63 goals against average and a .891 save percentage in 11 starts this season for Castleton, which has won three straight one-goal games.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
Babson (9-7-1, 6-4-0 NEHC) snapped a two-game skid by scoring four unanswered goals to defeat UMass Boston, 4-2, last Saturday. Botcher made a career-high 40 saves and junior Charlie Ackerman produced two goals and one assist for the Beavers, who trailed 2-0 at the first intermission before scoring three times in the span of 3:43 to go in front just over eight minutes into the second period. Sophomore Tommy Munichiello (7-8-15) and Devaney (5-8-13) have combined to seven times on the power play, Phillips (3-10-13) leads the squad in assists and Ackerman (6-4-10) has scored three times on the power play and is tied for the team lead with two game-winning goals. Botcher and fellow sophomore Matt Pompa have combined to post a 2.28 goals against average to go along with a .925 save percentage this winter.
Ackerman (3-1-4), Munichiello (1-2-3) and junior Jake Donahue (0-3-3) have combined for four goals and six assists in four January games. Additionally, junior Joe DePietto has contributed a goal and an assist over the last three games for the Beavers.
STRETCH RUN STARTS ON THE ROAD
Babson, which enters the weekend tied for fourth place with Castleton in the NEHC standings, played the first of five straight road games last Saturday at UMass Boston. The Green and White, which trails second-place New England College by just two points and Saturday's opponent Skidmore by one point, closes the season with six of its final eight contests away from home.
BREAKING DOWN THE SPARTANS
Phillips, who's 100th career appearance for the Beavers came last Thursday at Fenway Park, has one goal and five assists in seven outings against Castleton following his three-point game in November.
STAYING OUT OF THE BOX
Babson is averaging just 8.71 penalty minutes on the year, which is good for the second fewest in Division III behind Gustavus Adolphus (7.00).
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
The Beavers are 7-3-0 this season when allowing two goals or less.
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Men's Ice Hockey at Castleton