Men's Ice Hockey at No. 6 Hobart
Friday, January 10 | 7 p.m.
The Cooler | Geneva, N.Y.
Men's Ice Hockey at Skidmore
Saturday, January 11 | 4 p.m.
Saratoga City Rink | Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
WHAT TO KNOW
• The Babson men's ice hockey team returns to league action when it travels to Hobart on Friday night and Skidmore on Saturday afternoon.
• Babson is 10-5-3 all-time against Hobart in a series that dates back to the 1987-88 season.
• The Beavers have dropped their last three matchups against the Statesmen, which includes two straight losses in Geneva.
• Babson has gone 1-3-2 in six meetings since Hobart joined the NEHC prior to the 2017-18 campaign.
• Babson is 33-6-2 all-time against Skidmore in a series that dates back to 1999.
• The Beavers are unbeaten over their last 17 meetings against the Thoroughbreds going back to the 2013 ECAC East Tournament.
• Each of Babson's last four wins over Skidmore have come by a single goal.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (9-3-1, 4-2-0 NEHC) has won four straight games and is unbeaten over its last eight outings following a 6-2 victory over Saint Michael's last Saturday.
• Sophomore Matt Wiesner finished with two goals and two assists, while classmate Cam Schmitt added a goal and an assist for the Beavers, who pulled away with three third-period tallies.
• Sophomore Ryan Black (5-10-15) leads the team in assists, classmate Mike Egan (8-6-14) has scored three times on the power play, and Wiesner (5-7-12) produced five points over two games at last weekend's Middlebury Holiday Classic.
• Sophomore Aidan Murphy (6-0-1) and junior Brad Arvanitis (3-2-0) have combined to post a 1.32 goals against average and a .953 save percentage to go along with three shutouts in 12 starts this winter.
SCOUTING THE STATESMEN
• No. 6 Hobart (9-3-1, 3-3-0 NEHC) has won its last three games and is coming off a 5-4 victory over Bryn Athyn in the Boston Landing Invitational championship game last Sunday.
• Senior Will Harrison, junior Andrew Longo and sophomore Pierre-Anthony Martineau all recorded a goal and an assist for the Statesmen, which led 4-1 after the first period.
• Senior Lawson MacDougall (5-8-13) has nine points in six conference games, junior Alec Robitaille (6-5-11) leads the team in goals, and senior Zach Sternbach (4-6-10) has produced four multi-point games.
• Sophomore netminder Joe Halstrom has started all 13 games and owns a 2.22 goals against average, a .911 save percentage and one shutout.
SCOUTING THE THOROUGHBREDS
• Skidmore (7-2-4, 3-1-2 NEHC) is unbeaten over its last seven contests and tied both ends of a home-and-home series with Hamilton last weekend, 2-2 and 0-0.
• First-year David Poirier tied the opening game of the series that 17:30 of the third period and senior goaltender Brandon Kasel made 30 saves in each game for the Thoroughbreds, who have not lost since November 22.
• Poirier (5-5-10) has scored twice on the power play, sophomore Austin Rook (3-7-10) leads the squad in assists, and junior Matt Muzyka (6-3-9) has scored three times over the team's first six NEHC contests.
• Kasel is 6-2-4 in 12 starts this season and ranks eighth in Division III in goals against average (1.71) and ninth in save percentage (.942) to go along with two shutouts.
• Entering the second half of the league season, six teams are currently within five points of Norwich and New England College, which sit atop the standings.
• Just three points separates the third through eighth place teams in the standings, a group that includes Babson and Skidmore tied for third with eight points and Hobart, which is currently seventh with six points.
CONFERENCE RECOGNITION FOR HOLLAND
• After scoring once in each game, which includes the eventual game-winning tally in Friday's 6-1 win over Manhattanville, first-year Andrew Holland was selected as the NEHC Rookie of the Week for the first time in his career on Monday.
• Black (4-6-10) and Egan (4-3-7) have both produced at least one point in six consecutive games going back to the Beavers' November 30 win at Williams.
• In addition to his five-point weekend at Middlebury, Wiesner has four goals and three assists for seven points during his current four-game points streak.
BLUE LINE PRODUCTION
• Schmitt scored in both wins last weekend at the Middlebury Holiday Classic, while senior defensemen Ryan McDougall and Connor Dahlman have both registered at least one point in each of Babson's last four games.
• McDougall (3-8-11), who ranks second among NEHC defensemen in scoring, has a goal and six assists for seven points during this stretch, while Dahlman has picked up five assists during the winning streak.
STRONG BETWEEN THE PIPES
• The goaltending duo of Murphy and Arvanitis have allowed just five goals over the last seven games to help Babson rise all the way to fourth in Division III in scoring defense.
• Murphy ranks third in Division III in both goals against average (1.26) and save percentage (.955), while Arvanitis (1.41 GAA, .951 save pct.) is fourth nationally in both statistical categories.
NUMBER TO KNOW
• During its current eight-game unbeaten streak, the Beavers have outscored their opponents 12-2 in the first period.