Men's Ice Hockey

1984 NCAA National Champions | 16 NCAA Tournaments | 6 Conference Championships

Weekend Preview: No. 13 Men's Ice Hockey Set to Host New England College, Southern Maine

Weekend Preview: No. 13 Men's Ice Hockey Set to Host New England College, Southern Maine

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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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).

• 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.

• 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.

• 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.

• During its 12-game unbeaten streak, the Beavers have outscored their opponents 29-7 in the first and second periods.