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Game Preview: Men's Ice Hockey at Skidmore

Game Preview: Men's Ice Hockey at Skidmore

Men's Ice Hockey at Skidmore
Saturday, January 21—4 p.m.
Saratoga Springs Ice Rink—Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Babson and Skidmore will meet for the 34th time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1999. The Beavers are 26-6-1 all-time against the Thoroughbreds and have won nine consecutive games in the series.

Senior Bill Seligman scored on the power play at 14:41 of the third period to lift the Beavers to a 2-1 win over Skidmore on November 11 in Babson Park. Junior Rob Devaney had a goal and sophomore Tommy Munichiello recorded two assists for the Beavers, who got 36 saves from classmate Matt Pompa. Senior Connor Van Arnam had a power play goal for the Thoroughbreds, who got 29 saves from classmate Jack McDonald.

Dave Dupuis scored on a power-play 3:45 into the second period and Brad Schuler added his ninth goal of the season just over seven minutes later as the Thoroughbreds shut out Babson, 3-0, on February 2, 2013, in Saratoga Springs. Ben Freiberg made 21 saves for Skidmore, while Zeke Testa '13 stopped 17 shots for the Beavers.

Skidmore (7-9-2, 6-4-1 NEHC) is winless in its last three games after suffering a 7-2 loss to UMass Boston on Friday night. Senior Anthony Bird and first-year Matt Bernot both scored for the Thoroughbreds, who fell behind 5-0 just 7:27 into the second period. Bird (9-5-14) has three shorthanded and two game-winning goals, sophomore Corey Morgan (4-8-12) has nine points in 11 league games and senior Marc Cibelli (2-9-11) has scored twice on the power play and leads the team in assists. McDonald (3-6-2) and first-year Brandon Kasel (4-3-0) have combined to post a 3.01 goals against average and a .905 save percentage this season.

Babson (9-7-2, 6-4-1 NEHC) scored twice in the third period to tie Castleton, 2-2, in overtime on Friday night. Seligman scored 7:29 into the third and senior Michael Phillips forced OT with his tally at the 19:22 mark for the Beavers, who got 30 saves from Pompa. Munichiello (7-9-16) leads the squad with four power play goals, Phillips (4-10-14) ranks first on the team in assists and Devaney (5-8-13) has three power play tallies and has recorded nine points in 11 conference games. Pompa (4-5-1) and fellow sophomore Bryan Botcher (5-2-1) have combined to post a 2.26 goals against average and a .926 save percentage on the year.

The Beavers, who have allowed two or fewer goals in six of the last seven outings, rank second in the conference and are tied for 13th nationally in scoring defense (2.28 goals). In addition to the team success, both Botcher and Pompa rank in the top 20 among Division III goaltenders in both goals against average and save percentage.

With a little more than three weeks left in the regular season just three points separates second place through sixth place in the NEHC standings. Babson, which is in the midst of a five-game road trip, sits in a three-way tie for third place along with Skidmore and Castleton, one point behind second-place New England College and two points clear of sixth-place UMass Boston.

The Green and White, which was winless when facing a deficit entering the third period last season, has gone 2-2-2 when trailing entering the third period this season. Babson has also won five times to go along with a pair of ties when allowing the first goal of the game this winter.

The Beavers, who have been whistled for the second fewest penalty minutes per game (8.56) have successfully killed off 17-of-18 penalties over the last seven contests.

The Beavers are 7-0-1 this season and unbeaten over their last 20 games when scoring three or more goals.