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Game Preview: Men's Ice Hockey at Curry

Game Preview: Men's Ice Hockey at Curry

Men's Ice Hockey at Curry
Saturday, January 5 | 4:50 p.m.
Max Ulin Rink | Milton, Mass.

THE SERIES
• Babson and Curry will meet for the 14th time on Saturday in a series that dates back to 2004. The Beavers are 9-4-0 all-time against the Colonels but had their four-game winning series winning streak snapped back in 2016.

LAST MEETING
• Jake Heisenger scored 41 seconds into overtime to lift Curry to a 1-0 win over Babson on December 9, 2016, in Milton.
• Senior Matt Pompa made 19 saves for the Beavers, while Brett Sinclair stopped 21 shots for the Colonels.

LAST BABSON WIN
• Mike Vollmin '16, Tim Searles '17 and senior Tommy Munichiello all scored as the Beavers defeated Curry, 3-1, on October 31, 2015, in Babson Park.
• Vollmin also added an assist for Babson, while Sean Nelson scored the lone goal for the Colonels.

SCOUTING THE COLONELS
• Curry (6-4-2) returns from break riding a three-game winning streak after posting a 4-2 win over then-No. 4/5 UMass Boston back on December 8.
• Senior Zachary White scored twice, sophomore Michael Snow contributed two assists and junior Justin Ketola made 25 saves for the Colonels, who took the lead for good midway through the second period.
• White (9-10-19) and senior Lionel Mauron (5-12-17) lead the team with three power play goals apiece, while Snow (9-8-17) has scored twice on the power play and is first on the team with a pair of game-winning goals.
• Ketola (3-2-1) and sophomore Cody Murch (2-1-1) have combined to post 3.06 goals against average and a .900 save percentage in 10 starts.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (10-3-1) has won two straight games after rallying for a 3-2 victory at Lake Forest last Sunday.
• Sophomores Cooper Norton and Nick Rosa and first-year Ryan Black all scored for the Beavers, who trailed 2-0 early in the second period.
• Rosa (10-7-17) ranks 10th in Division III in goals, Munichiello (4-10-14) and first-year Mike Egan (4-10-14) are tied for the team lead in assists, and rookie Matt Wiesner (9-4-13) is tied for first nationally in goals by a first-year player.
• Pompa, who made 31 saves at Lake Forest, and fellow senior Bryan Botcher have combined to post a 2.48 goals against average and a .920 save percentage.

ALWAYS BE CLOSING
• Despite conceding the opening goal 10 times in its first 14 games, Babson has outscored its opponents 38-22 over final two periods.
• Included in this is a 23-10 scoring margin in the third period.

ROAD DOGS
• The Green and White improved to 5-0-0 away from home this season with its two-goal comeback at Lake Forest last Sunday.
• The Beavers, who have recorded three one-goal wins away from home, own Division III's third longest road winning streak behind Colby (8) and Geneseo (7).

SUCCESSFUL HOMECOMING
• Playing less than 20 miles from his hometown in Mequon, Wis., Botcher came up with a season-high 38 saves to help Babson defeat the Milwaukee School of Engineering last Saturday.
• After giving up a pair of first-period goals, he turned aside 26 of the Engineers' final 27 shots.

SPREADING OUT THE SCORING
• The Green and White had 10 different players register at least a point in last weekend's midwest road trip.
• Junior Patrick Flynn registered the first two-goal game of his career MSOE, Egan produced his third two-assist game of the year at Lake Forest, and first-year Ryan Campbell notched the first assist of his career in the second period against the Foresters.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Saturday's 4-3 win at MSOE was the 800th in program history.

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