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Weekend Preview: Men's Ice Hockey Travels to Vermont to Face No. 1 Norwich and Castleton

Weekend Preview: Men's Ice Hockey Travels to Vermont to Face No. 1 Norwich and Castleton

Men's Ice Hockey at No. 1 Norwich
Friday, November 22 | 7 p.m.
Kreitzberg Arena | Northfield, Vt.

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Men's Ice Hockey at Castleton
Saturday, November 23 | 4 p.m.
Spartan Arena | Rutland, Vt.

WHAT TO KNOW
• The Babson men's ice hockey team will be on the road in NEHC play for the second weekend in a row when it travels to top-ranked Norwich on Friday night and Castleton on Saturday afternoon.

SERIES HISTORY
vs. Norwich
• Babson is 25-43-7 all-time against Norwich in a series that dates back to the 1975-76 campaign.
• The teams split a pair of regular season meetings on home ice last year, and the Cadets defeated the Beavers 5-3 in the semifinals of the NEHC Tournament inside Kreitzberg Arena in February.
• Norwich has won four of the last five games between the programs and Babson is looking for its first victory at Kreitzberg Arena since the 2014 ECAC East Tournament final.

vs. Castleton
• Babson is 18-5-4 all-time against Castleton in a series that dates back to 2004.
• The Beavers are unbeaten over their last eight matchups (7-0-1) against the Spartans, which includes three wins and a tie in their last four visits to Spartan Arena.
• Babson defeated Castleton 2-1 at home last November and swept the season season with a 7-2 victory in Rutland in January.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (2-2-0, 1-1-0 NEHC) enters the weekend coming off a 5-3 loss at New England College last Saturday.
• Sophomore Mike Egan scored twice and classmate Ryan Black finished with two assists for the Beavers, who got 28 saves from first-year Nolan Hildebrand in his collegiate debut.
• Egan (2-3-5) and Black (1-4-5) combined for 10 points in two games last weekend, junior Nick Rosa (3-1-4) has produced a point in every game this season, and classmate Patrick Flynn (1-2-3) has scored once on the power play.
• Sophomore goaltender Aidan Murphy has won both his starts posting a 1.50 goals against average and a .943 save percentage for the Green and White.

SCOUTING THE CADETS
• No. 1 Norwich (5-0-0, 4-0-0 NEHC) stayed unbeaten with a 2-0 victory at Skidmore on Saturday.
• Junior Ryan Boucher scored midway through the second period and classmate Felix Brassard added an insurance tally at 18:50 of the third for the Cadets, who got 24 saves from senior Tom Aubrun.
• Brassard (6-4-10) is tied for third in the league in points, Boucher (4-1-5) has scored three times in four conference games, and sophomore Maxime Borduas (1-3-4) has scored once on the power play.
• Aubrun has started all five games and boasts a 0.20 goals against average and has stopped 123 of 124 shots over five starts.

SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
• Castleton (1-3-1, 1-2-1 NEHC) is winless in its last three games entering the weekend following last Saturday's 8-3 loss to fifth-ranked Hobart.
• Junior Glenn Wiswell scored twice in the first 90 seconds and first-year Calvin Moise added a goal at 12:54 of the first period as the Spartans built a 3-0 lead only to see the Statesman follow with eight unanswered goals.
• Wiswell (4-2-6) has scored three times on the power play, Moise (2-4-6) is tied for second on the team in assists, and junior Nick Gravina (1-4-5) has recorded a point in three consecutive games.
• Sophomore Kyle Alaverdy and first-year Brandon Collett, who made 51 saves against Hobart, have split time between the pipes posting a 5.05 goals against average and a .872 save percentage.

THROWBACK THREADS
• As part of the Centennial Celebration at Babson, the Beavers will be wearing 1984 throwback jerseys throughout the 2019-20 campaign.
• The throwbacks honor the Beavers' 1983-84 squad, which went 27-5-1 on the way to capturing the program's first national championship.

RICE RISES ON WINS LIST
• Babson head coach Jamie Rice '90 recorded his 246th career win last Friday at Southern Maine tying him with Steve Stirling for the most victories in program history.
• Rice currently ranks 14th among active Division III coach in wins entering this weekend's games at Norwich and Castleton.

PACKING A PUNCH
• Rosa (2-1-3), Black (2-1-3) and sophomore Matt Wiesner (2-0-2) combined for six goals and two assists in three games against Norwich last season.

SPARTAN RACE
• Rosa has produced four goals and four assists for eight points in four career games against Castleton, while Flynn has chipped in with a goal and three assists during the same stretch.
• Egan had two goals and two assists in two meetings last winter against the Spartans, and sophomore Jack Nisbet scored the first two goals of his collegiate career in Babson's 7-2 victory over Castleton last January.

NUMBER TO KNOW
• The Beavers have scored at least once on the power in six consecutive NEHC games going back to last year.

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