Men's Ice Hockey at Milwaukee School of Engineering
Saturday, December 29 | 5 p.m.
Kern Center Ice Arena | Milwaukee, Wis.
• Babson and MSOE will meet for just the second time on Saturday afternoon. The Engineers won the only other meeting between the programs in overtime back in 2005.
• Lee Swallow scored 8:28 into OT to lift MSOE to a 3-2 victory over Babson in the opening round of the Babson Invitational Tournament on November 26, 2005.
• Sam Vatrano '06 and Greg Cassista '06 scored less than four minutes apart late in the first period for the Beavers, who got 27 saves from Craig Weiner '06.
SCOUTING THE ENGINEERS
• MSOE (4-6-2) extended its unbeaten streak to three with a 4-2 win over Wisconsin-River Falls back on December 15.
• Junior Nick Redmon scored twice in the first period and senior Michael Romund added a goal and an assist in the third period for the Engineers, who got 37 saves from Rock Boynton.
• Jeff Makowski (5-3-8), Redmon (5-2-7) and sophomore Garrett Gintoli (5-2-7) have combined to score eight of the team's 11 power play goals, while classmate Adem Arifi (0-6-6) leads the squad in assists.
• Boynton (4-4-1) owns a 3.13 goals against average and a .897 save percentage in 10 starts between the pipes.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (8-3-1) returns to action for the first time since suffering a 6-3 loss to then-No. 12 Hobart back on December 1.
• Sophomore Nick Rosa finished with a goal and an assist and senior Matt Brazel and first-year Mike Egan both scored for the Beavers, who were unable to rally from a three-goal first-period deficit.
• Rosa (9-7-16) and first-year Matt Wiesner (9-3-12) are tied for 11th in Division III in goals, while Egan (4-8-12) and senior Tommy Munichiello (3-8-11) are tied for the team lead in assists.
• Senior netminders Bryan Botcher (4-1-1), who is a native of Mequon, Wis., and Matt Pompa (4-2-0) have combined to post a 2.47 goals against average and a .918 save percentage while splitting time in goal.
• The games against MSOE and Lake Forest (Sunday) marks the first time the Beavers have travelled outside the northeast since 1999.
• That season, the Green and White visited Alabama-Huntsville for games on January 2-3 against the Chargers, who captured a Division II championship in 1998 before moving back to Division I prior to the '98-'99 campaign.
ROAD LESS TRAVELED
• After opening the season with nine of its first 12 games inside the friendly confines of the Babson Skating Center, the Beavers will play the first of seven consecutive road games at MSOE on Saturday.
• Babson also played seven straight road games early in the 2015-16 season, going 5-1-1 during the stretch.
AMONG THE NATION'S BEST
• The Green and White ranks ninth in Division III with an 88.9 percent success rate on the penalty kill, which includes holding its last eight foes to just two goals in 28 power play chances.
• Babson also has been whistled for the fourth fewest penalty minutes (8.25) in the country behind just Colby, Williams and Wesleyan.
STREAKING IN TO THE SECOND HALF
• Brazel and sophomore Christian Faggas both closed the first half of the season with points in three consecutive games.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are unbeaten this season (4-0-1) when scoring on the power play.