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Game Preview: Men's Ice Hockey at Daniel Webster

Game Preview: Men's Ice Hockey at Daniel Webster

Men's Ice Hockey at Daniel Webster
Friday, January 27—7:35 p.m.
Conway Arena—Nashua, N.H.

Babson and Daniel Webster will meet for just the second time with the Beavers looking to complete a season sweep of the Eagles.

Senior Tim Searles scored the go-ahead goal at 15:21 of the second period to help the Beavers defeat Daniel Webster, 3-1, on November 19 in Babson Park. Searles also had an assist, while classmate Patrick Young and sophomore Tommy Munichiello finished with a goal apiece for the Green and White. First-year Anthony Langevin scored for the Eagles, who got 55 saves from sophomore goaltender Anthony D'Urso.

Daniel Webster (1-16-1) snapped its 11-game losing streak with a 0-0 overtime tie against Southern Maine last Saturday. D'Urso finished with 62 saves, including 24 in the third period and OT for the Eagles, who went 0-for-1 on the power play and mustered just 11 shots on goal against the Huskies. Sophomores Ryan Murray (7-7-14) and Tanner Todd (6-1-7) have combined to score six times on the power play this season, while junior Chris Timm is third on the team in scoring with four goals and three assists for seven points. D'Urso (1-6-1) and fellow sophomore Morgan Hudson (0-7-0) have combined to post a 5.97 goals against average and a .883 save percentage this winter.

Babson (10-7-2, 7-4-0 NEHC) is unbeaten in three straight games after picking up a 1-0 win at Skidmore last Saturday. Junior Charlie Ackerman scored a power play goal at 14:31 of the second period and sophomore goaltender Bryan Botcher stopped 26 shots to record his first career shutout. Munichiello (7-10-17) and junior Rob Devaney (5-9-14) have combined for seven power play tallies, while senior Michael Phillips (4-10-14) has one game-winning goal and is tied for the team lead in assists. Ackerman (7-4-11) has also scored eight times on the power play and leads the Beavers with three game-winning goals. Botcher (6-2-1) and fellow sophomore Matt Pompa (4-5-1) have combined to post a 2.14 goals against average and a .929 save percentage on the year.

Although Daniel Webster is not a member of the NEHC, there are two points at stake for the Beavers on Friday night. Babson enters the weekend in third place, just a single point behind New England College, and just one and two points clear of Castleton and Skidmore, respectively. With three weekends left in the regular season, just four points separate second through sixth place.

The Green and White ranks second in the NEHC and 10th nationally in scoring defense allowing just 2.16 goals per contest. Additionally, Botcher ranks eighth among Division III goaltenders in save percentage (.937) and 12th in goals against average (1.82), while Pompa is tied for 13th in save percentage (.934) and ranks 18th nationally in goals against average (2.06).

The Beavers, who have been whistled for the second fewest penalty minutes in Division III this season (8.74), have killed off 63-of-72 penalties for a success rate of 87.5 percent, which ranks 10th nationally.

In addition to Young scoring his first career goal in November's win over Daniel Webster, junior Zach Phelps recorded his first collegiate assist.

The Beavers are 6-2-0 this season when leading after the second period.