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Game Preview: Men's Ice Hockey at Lake Forest

Game Preview: Men's Ice Hockey at Lake Forest

Men's Ice Hockey at Lake Forest
Sunday, December 30 | 5 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse | Lake Forest, Ill.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Lake Forest will meet for the second year in a row and fourth time overall in a series that dates back to 1995. The Beavers are 3-0 all-time against the Foresters, which includes a pair of one-goal victories.

LAST MEETING
• Zach Phelps '18 finished with two goals and one assist as the Beavers defeated Lake Forest, 4-1, on December 30, 2017, in Babson Park.
• Junior Josh Beck and sophomore Nick Rosa also scored, while classmate Cooper Norton chipped in with two assists for Babson. Sophomore Joe Sardina scored late in the third period for the Foresters.

SCOUTING THE FORESTERS
• Lake Forest (5-4-3) had its six-game unbeaten streak stopped in a 4-2 loss to No. 1 Wisconsin-Stevens Point back on December 8.
• Sardina and junior Austin Aksoy both scored on the power play and classmate Zach Feldman and sophomore Mark DerManulian each registered a pair of assists for the Foresters, who gave up three first-period goals.
• Sardina (6-7-13) has a point in eight consecutive outings, DerManulian (1-8-9) leads the team in assists and senior Cody Guidorzi (5-3-8) is one of seven players on the team with a power play goal.
• Senior goaltender Louis-Philippe De Courcy has gone 4-4-2 with a 2.39 goals against average and a .925 save percentage in 10 starts.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (9-3-1) returned to action for the first time since December 1 and rallied for a 4-3 win at the Milwaukee School of Engineering on Saturday.
• Sophomore Patrick Flynn scored twice and senior Tommy Munichiello added a goal and two assists for the Beavers, who got a season-high 38 saves from senior Bryan Botcher.
• Rosa (9-7-16) leads the team with three game-winning goals, Munichiello (4-10-14) leads the squad in assists, and first-year Matt Wiesner (9-4-13) has a point in seven of his last nine outings.
• Botcher (5-1-1) and fellow senior Matt Pompa have combined to post a 2.51 goals against average and a .919 save percentage this season.

UNCHARTED TERRITORY
• Saturday's game at MSOE and Sunday's contest at Lake Forest 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
• The Beavers, who played nine of their first 12 games at home inside the Babson Skating Center, improved to 4-0-0 on the year with Saturday's win at MSOE. Sunday's game at Lake Forest will be the second of a seven-game road trip to begin the second half of the year.
• 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 a 90 percent success rate on the penalty kill, which includes holding its last nine foes to just two goals in 33 power play chances.
• Babson also has been whistled for the fifth fewest penalty minutes (8.38) in the country behind Colby, Williams, Wesleyan and Plattsburgh.

SENIOR SCORING PUNCH
• Munichiello has five points over the last three games (1 goal, 3 assists), while classmate Matt Brazel has scored in back-to-back contests and has recorded a point in each of his last four outings going back to November 25.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• The Beavers are 5-0-0 this season and have won 17 straight games since the start of last year when carrying a lead into the third period.

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