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Series Preview: Men's Ice Hockey vs. No. 6/9 UMass Boston

Series Preview: Men's Ice Hockey vs. No. 6/9 UMass Boston

Men's Ice Hockey vs. No. 6/9 UMass Boston
Friday, December 1 | Babson Skating Center | 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 2 | Edward T. Barry Ice Rink | 4 p.m.

Babson and UMass Boston will meet for the 69th and 70th times in a home-and-home series beginning on Friday night in Babson Park. The Beavers are 45-17-6 all-time against the Beacons in a series that dates back to the 1978-79 season and won two out of three games between the teams last season.

Seniors Rob Devaney and Ryan Gouveia each scored twice and third-seeded Babson erupted for five third-period goals on its way to defeating sixth-seeded UMass Boston, 7-3, in an NEHC Tournament quarterfinal on February 18, 2017, in Babson Park. Bill Seligman '17 scored the go-ahead goal just 1:29 into the third period for the Beavers, who got points for eight different players.

Ryan Cusin and sophomore Noah Redler each had a goal and an assist as the Beacons defeated the Beavers, 5-1, on January 12, 2017, at Fenway Park. Senior Colin Larkin contributed three assists for UMass Boston, which broke a 1-1 deadlock with three goals inside of four minutes in the second period. Senior Matt McMorrow scored his first goal of the season for Babson.

No. 6 9 UMass Boston (9-1-0, 5-1-0 NEHC) defeated Bowdoin, 4-0, for its seventh consecutive victory on Sunday afternoon. Larkin scored twice and first-year Zack Bross added a goal and two assists for the Beacons, who have outscored their last four opponents 16-4. Bross (5-14-19) and Larkin (10-8-18) enter the weekend ranked first and second, respectively, in Division III in scoring, while Redler (11-5-16) is tied for first nationally in goals and has scored four times on the power play. Sophomore netminder Bailey MacBurnie (8-0-0) ranks seventh in Division III in goals against average (1.25) and 10th in save percentage (.950), and has two shutouts in eight starts.

Babson (5-3-1, 4-1-1 NEHC) had its five-game unbeaten streak snapped in a 4-1 loss at Williams on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore Josh Beck notched his first career goal on the power play in the second period for the Beavers, who committed a season-high six penalties. Devaney (4-6-10) and senior Charlie Ackerman (4-5-9) have combined for 14 points in league play, classmate Joe DePietto (1-6-7) is tied for the team lead in assists, and McMorrow (2-4-6) has scored twice on the power play and owns one game-winning goal. Junior goaltender Matt Pompa (4-3-1) has posted a 1.82 goals against average and a .932 save percentage to go along with one shutout in nine appearances on the year.

Entering the final league weekend of the semester, Babson is tied for second place in the NEHC standings with nine points, which is just a single point behind first-place UMass Boston. This weekend's home-and-home series mark the only two regular season meetings this season for the Beavers and Beacons.

Ackerman (3-2-5), Devaney (2-3-5) and junior Matt Brazel (1-4-5) have combined for five goals and 10 assists in six games against UMass Boston going back to the start of the 2015-16 campaign. Additionally, Gouveia has three goals and one assist for four points.

The Green and White ranks 16th in Division III on the power play (23.7 percent) and has been even better in conference play, converting 31.9 percent (6-for-19) of its extra-man opportunities. The Beavers, who average the fewest penalty minutes in the country (7.33), have also allowed killed off 18-of-21 penalties over their first six NEHC contests.

The Beavers are 5-0-1 this season and have lost just twice over the last 38 games when scoring three or more goals.