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Game Preview: Men's Ice Hockey at Saint Anselm

Game Preview: Men's Ice Hockey at Saint Anselm

Men's Ice Hockey at Saint Anselm
Friday, February 10—7 p.m.
Sullivan Arena—Manchester, N.H.

Babson and Saint Anselm will meet for the 65th time on Friday night in a series that dates back to 1970. The Beavers are 39-21-4 all-time against the Hawks and have won five of the last seven games between the teams.

First-year Mike Ferraro scored the go-ahead goal at 17:58 of the third period as Saint Anselm defeated the Beavers, 2-1, on January 7 in Babson Park. Junior Joe DePietto had a goal and sophomore Bryan Botcher made 30 saves for Babson, while junior Shane Joyce turned away 35 shots for the Hawks.

Junior Charlie Ackerman scored twice and classmate Matt McMorrow contributed a career-high three assists as the Beavers rallied past Saint Anselm, 3-1, on February 12, 2016, in Babson Park. Jared Wiedemann '16 also scored for Babson, while senior Nick Leonard scored the Hawks' lone goal late in the first period.

Saint Anselm (11-10-2, 6-9-1 NEHC) has won two of its last three games after defeating Daniel Webster, 5-0, last Saturday. Senior Vin D'Amato and junior Justin Longo both recorded a goal and an assist, while Leonard and Ferraro each finished with two assists apiece for the Hawks, who recorded their third shutout of the season. Sophomore Jeremy Carignan (7-10-17) is second on the team in assists, senior Brendon Kerrigan (4-1-3-17) has scored a pair of shorthanded goals and classmate Peter Sikalis (8-7-15) leads the squad with five power play tallies. Joyce has gone 9-6-2 with a 2.00 goals against average, a .927 save percentage and two shutouts in 21 appearances this winter.

Babson (13-7-3, 10-4-2 NEHC) extended its unbeaten streak to seven games with a 4-0 victory over Saint Michael's last Saturday. Sophomore Matt Brazel had a goal and an assist and Ackerman contributed two assists for the Beavers, who saw sophomore Matt Pompa and senior Gene Lane combine on a 33-save shutout. Sophomore Tommy Munichiello (8-11-19) and Ackerman (7-6-13) have both netted four power play and three game-winning goals this winter, junior Rob Devaney (6-12-18) has 14 points in 16 league games and senior Micahel Phillips (5-12-17) is tied for the team lead in assists. Pompa and Botcher have combined to post a 1.89 goals against average to go along with a .937 save percentage for the nation's fifth-ranked scoring defense.

Senior Dan Casey was tabbed as the NEHC Player of the Week with two goals and one assist against No. 1/1 Norwich and Saint Michael's last weekend, while Botcher was selected as the league's goaltender of the week after making a career-high 45 saves in Friday's tie against the Cadets. The duo was also named to the Team of the Week on Wednesday.

Munichiello (2-3-5), Phillips (2-3-5) and McMorrow (2-3-5) have combined for 15 points during the Beavers' current seven-game unbeaten streak, while Casey (2-2-4), Brazel (1-3-4) and senior Bill Seligman (1-3-4) have produced 12 points over the last four contests.

Botcher, who has posted a 0.98 goals against average and a .971 save percentage while going 3-0-1 over the last four games, ranks sixth in Division III in save percentage (.941) and seventh nationally with a 1.75 goals against average. Pompa has not allowed a goal in two straight starts and ranks fifth in the country in save percentage (.942) and ninth in goals against average (1.77).

Babson (22 points) will be either the second or third seed in the NEHC Tournament, which begins on February 18. The Green and White is currently tied with Saturday's opponent, New England College (22 points), for second place with four points on the line this weekend. The Pilgrims face UMass Boston on Friday night.

The Beavers are unbeaten in seven consecutive games in the month of February (5-0-2) and have outscored their opponents 26-8 during this stretch.