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