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Game Preview: Men's Ice Hockey at Southern Maine

Game Preview: Men's Ice Hockey at Southern Maine

Men's Ice Hockey at Southern Maine
Saturday, January 28—4 p.m.
USM Ice Arena—Gorham, Maine

Babson and Southern Maine will meet for the 34th time on Saturday afternoon in a series that dates back to 1995. The Beavers hold a 24-8-1 edge all-time and have won 10 straight games against the Huskies going back to the 2012-13 season.

Sophomore Tommy Munichiello scored the go-ahead goal at 14:15 of the third period and tacked on an empty-net tally at 19:10 as the Beavers scored four unanswered goals to defeat Southern Maine, 4-2, on November 18 in Babson Park. Seniors Michael Phillips and Dan Casey both scored and junior Rob Devaney contributed two assists for Babson, which trailed 2-0 entering the third period. Junior Brett Norman and first-year Johnny Kyte each had a goal for the Huskies.

Dan Rautenberg scored a pair of second-period goals and Braely Torris made 28 saves as the sixth-seeded Huskies defeated thiord-seeded Babson, 2-1, in an ECAE East Tournament quarterfinal on February 28, 2012, in Babson Park. Mike Driscoll '15 scored the Beavers lone goal 3:23 into the first period.

Southern Maine (7-10-2, 4-8-1 NEHC) snapped its five-game winless streak with a 4-3 victory over UMass Boston on Friday night. First-year Jordan Hall scored the go-ahead goal on the power play at 12:56 of the third period, Norman and first-year Brendan Murphy both finished with two assists and junior Kyle Shapiro stopped 30 shots for the Huskies, who completed a season sweep of the Beacons. Norman (5-15-20) is tied for fifth in the league in assists, senior Cole Klippenstein (6-7-13) leads the squad with four power play goals and Murphy (3-7-10) is tied for second on the team in assists. Shapiro (6-7-1) has posted a 2.58 goals against average to go along with a .928 save percentage in 14 starts.

Babson (11-7-2, 8-4-1 NEHC) extended its unbeaten streak to four with a 7-0 win over Daniel Webster on Friday night. Junior Jake Donahue scored twice and classmate Rob Devaney added a goal and two assists for the Beavers, who scored three times on the power play against the Eagles. Munichiello (8-10-18) and Devaney (6-11-17) have combined to score four game-winning goals and seven times on the power play, Phillips (4-11-15) is tied for the team lead in assists and junior Charlie Ackerman (7-4-11) has contributed four power play tallies. Sophomore goaltenders Bryan Botcher (6-2-1) and Matt Pompa (5-5-1) have combined to post a 2.03 goals against average to go along with a .931 save percentage this winter.

Saturday's contest marks the end of the Beavers' five-game road trip and will be the team's sixth consecutive outing away from home. Following a loss to UMass Boston at Fenway Park on January 12, the Green and White has gone 3-0-1 with a pair of shutouts.

Phillips (3-7-9) and fellow senior Tim Searles (3-4-7) have combined for six goals and 11 assists over the last eight games against Southern Maine.

Munichiello (2-2-4), who is riding a four-game points streak, Ackerman (3-1-4) and Devaney (1-3-4) have combined for six goals and six assists during the team's four-game unbeaten streak.

The Green got goals from six different players and had 14 players record at least one point in Friday's win at Daniel Webster. Babson's defensemen combined for three goals and three assists on the night, which included the first collegiate tally for first-year Connor Dahlman.

The Beavers are 10-1-1 this season when scoring at least once on the power play.