No. 13 Men's Ice Hockey vs. New England College | Friday, January 24 | 7 p.m.
No. 13 Men's Ice Hockey vs. Southern Maine | Saturday, January 25 | 4 p.m.
Babson Skating Center | Babson Park, Mass.
WHAT TO KNOW
• Babson, which re-entered the USCHO Division III rankings for the first time since early November on Monday, will continue its five-game home stand against New England College and Southern Maine this weekend at the Babson Skating Center.
vs. New England College
• Babson is 41-22-8 all-time against the Pilgrims in a series that dates back to 1977.
• Six of the last 14 matchups between the programs have been decided in OT, five of which have ended in a tie.
• New England College defeated the Beavers, 5-3, behind a hat trick from sophomore Nikita Pintusov back on November 16.
vs. Southern Maine
• Babson is 31-8-1 all-time against Southern Maine in a series that dates back to 1995.
• The Beavers have won their last 17 games against the Huskies since suffering a 2-1 ECAC East Tournament quarterfinal loss back in February 2012.
• The Green and White scored three unanswered goals on the way to defeating Southern Maine, 5-2, in the first meeting of the season back on November 15.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 13 Babson (12-3-1, 7-2-1 NEHC) finished off a series sweep of UMass Boston with a 6-3 victory on home ice last Saturday.
• First-year Andrew Holland had two goals and the Beavers scored four times in the span of 1:39 midway through the first period to build a 5-0 lead.
• Sophomore Ryan Black (7-12-19) has produced a team-high 13 points in 10 league contests, classmate Matt Wiesner (6-10-16) has a point in seven of the last eight games, and fellow sophomore Mike Egan (8-6-14) is tied for second on the team with three power play goals.
• Sophomore Aidan Murphy (8-0-1) and junior Brad Arvanitis (4-2-1) have combined to post a 1.23 goals against average and a .960 save percentage to go along with five shutouts in 16 starts this winter.
SCOUTING THE PILGRIMS
• New England College (11-5-1, 8-3-0 NEHC) saw its four-game winning streak come to an end with a 4-2 loss to No. 2 Norwich last Saturday.
• Goals by Hunter Hall and Connor Dunn gave the Pilgrims a 2-1 lead after 40 minutes before the Cadets rallied behind a three-goal third period.
• Senior Carlos Fornaris (3-23-26) is tied for third in Division III in assists, Pintusov (20-4-24) leads the country in goals, and senior Daniel Bergqvist (3-15-18) has recorded 10 assists in league play.
• Senior goaltender Anthony Pupplo has gone 11-5-1 with a 3.03 goals against average and a .897 save percentage in 17 starts this winter.
SCOUTING THE HUSKIES
• Southern Maine (5-9-3, 4-5-2 NEHC) picked up three points last weekend and is coming off a 2-0 win over Castleton on Saturday.
• Sophomores Tyler Gardiner and Bobby Kinsey netted goals for the Huskies, who got a 17-save shutout from junior netminder Anthony D'Aloisio.
• Sophomore Adam Withers (6-8-14) has produced nine points in 10 league games, junior Maverick Lynes (6-3-9) has scored twice on the power play, and senior Cody Braga has contributed five goals and four assists for nine points in 16 games.
• D'Aloisio (5-6-2) has started 13 of 17 contests this winter posting a 2.34 goals against average, a .921 save percentage and three shutouts, which is tied for fourth in Division III.
WHERE THINGS STAND
• The Green and White enters the weekend in third place in the NEHC with 15 points, which is just one point behind second-place New England College and four points in back of first-place Norwich. Both the Pilgrims and Cadets have played one more game than Babson.
• The Beavers open the weekend three points clear of Hobart and Skidmore, which are tied for fourth place, while Southern Maine sits in sixth place with 10 points.
STAYING SHARP BETWEEN THE PIPES
• Arvanitis was a repeat selection as the NEHC Goaltender of the Week after making 39 saves in Friday's 1-0 win at UMass Boston, and has now stopped 175 of 176 shots for a .994 save percentage over his last five starts.
• He ranks first in Division III in both goals against average (0.99) and save percentage (.961) in addition to being one of three netminders with four shutouts.
• Not to be outdone, Murphy ranks fourth in Division III in save percentage (.952) and fifth in goals against average (1.42).
SPECIAL TEAMS SPECTACULAR
• In addition to ranking third nationally in scoring defense, the Beavers are one of two Division III teams that own top-10 units on both the power play and the penalty kill along with Wisconsin-River Falls.
• The Green and White, which went 3-for-6 in last Saturday's win over UMass Boston, ranks second scoring on 34.78 percent (24-for-69) percent of its power plays, and is fourth on the penalty kill have allowed just four goals in 49 shorthanded situations (91.84 percent).
• Babson has killed off 11 consecutive penalties over its last four outings, but did give up two goals to New England College when they met back in November.
TAMING THE HUSKIES
• Egan recorded three assists against Southern Maine back in November and now has produced three goals and six assists for nine points in three career games against the Huskies.
• Junior Nick Rosa (3-4-7) and Wiesner (3-1-4) have combined for six goals and 11 points during the same stretch, while Black contributed a goal and two assists in November's 5-2 win.
PRODUCING AGAINST THE PILGRIMS
• Egan scored twice in November's 5-3 loss in Henniker, N.H., and has three goals over the last two games against New England College.
• Black registered two assists in the first meeting between the teams and has a goal and four assists for five points in three career outings versus the Pilgrims.
NUMBER TO KNOW
• During its 12-game unbeaten streak, the Beavers have outscored their opponents 29-7 in the first and second periods.