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Weekend Preview: No. 6 Men's Ice Hockey Hosts Skidmore, No. 5 Hobart to Close Out Regular Season

Weekend Preview: No. 6 Men's Ice Hockey Hosts Skidmore, No. 5 Hobart to Close Out Regular Season

No. 6 Men's Ice Hockey vs. Skidmore | Friday, February 14 | 7 p.m.
No. 6 Men's Ice Hockey vs. No. 5 Hobart | Saturday, February 15 | 4 p.m.
Babson Skating Center | Babson Park, Mass.

WHAT TO KNOW
• Sixth-ranked Babson will conclude the 2019-20 regular season with games against Skidmore on Friday night and fifth-ranked Hobart on Saturday afternoon inside the Babson Skating Center.

SERIES HISTORY
vs. Skidmore
• Babson is 34-6-2 all-time against the Thoroughbreds in a series that dates back to 1999.
• The Beavers are unbeaten over their last 18 games against Skidmore dating back to the 2013 ECAC East Tournament.
• Babson has also won 10 in a row at home against Skidmore, which includes three one-goal victories since 2016.
• Sophomores Ryan Black and Matt Wiesner combined for a goal and four assists in the Beavers' 4-1 win at Skidmore on January 11.

vs. Hobart
• Babson is 10-5-4 all-time against the Statesmen in a series that dates back to the 1987-88 season.
• The Beavers are 1-3-3 in seven meetings since Hobart joined the NEHC prior to the 2017-18 campaign.
• Each team owns a one-goal win in addition to tying three times over the last seven meetings.
• Junior goaltender Brad Arvanitis made a career-high 47 saves in the Beavers' 0-0 OT tie at Hobart back on January 10.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• No. 6 Babson (17-4-2, 12-3-1 NEHC) has won its last two games following Monday's 4-1 victory over Suffolk.
• Wiesner, juniors Christian Faggas and Nick Rosa and sophomore Mike Egan each scored for the Beavers, who had 10 different players contribute at least one point against the Rams.
• Black (10-20-30) ranks third in the conference in scoring, Wiesner (11-15-26) is tied for seventh in the league in goals, and Egan (13-10-23) leads Division III with six game-winning tallies.
• Arvanitis (7-2-1) and sophomore goaltender Aidan Murphy (10-1-1) have been superb between the pipes combining to post a 1.37 goals against average, a .952 save percentage and five shutouts in 22 starts.

SCOUTING THE THOROUGHBREDS
• Skidmore (11-8-4, 7-7-2 NEHC) snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-1 win over Southern Maine last Saturday.
• First-year Nicolas Stuckless scored twice and classmate Matthew Rutigliano and senior John Litscher added two assists apiece for the Thoroughbreds, who put the game away with two goals in the opening 2:37 of the third period.
• Sophomore Austin Rook (6-15-21) ranks second among NEHC defensemen in scoring, sophomore Reid Russell (4-10-14) is second on the team in assists, and junior Matt Muzyka (7-5-12) is one of seven players with at least four goals in league play.
• Senior goaltender Brandon Kasel is 10-8-4 with a 2.35 goals against average, a .927 save percentage and two shutouts in 22 starts this winter.

SCOUTING THE STATESMEN
• No. 5 Hobart (16-4-3, 10-4-2 NEHC) has won its last four games and is coming off a 3-2 victory over New England College last Saturday.
• Sophomore Zach Tyson and junior Phil Satin scored in the first period and sophomore Blake Coffey netted the game winner midway through the third for the Statesmen, which went just 1-for-7 on the power play.
• Junior Alec Robitaille (11-8-19) has scored eight times in conference play, senior Zach Sternbach (10-8-18) has two power play goals, and classmate Lawson MacDougall (5-13-18) is second on the squad in assists.
• Sophomores goaltenders Joe Halstrom (12-3-3) and Liam Lascelle (4-1-0) have combined to post a 2.23 goals against average and a .908 save percentage with two shutouts on the year.

CHASING HOME ICE
• Entering the final weekend of regular season play seven of eight teams have clinched NEHC Tournament spots although only top-ranked and first-place Norwich is locked into its position.
• Babson is currently three points clear of Hobart and New England College and will be either the second or third seed in the league playoffs. The Beavers can clinch the No. 2 spot with two points from this weekend's contests.Additionally, should the Green and White sweep the weekend while Norwich loses both its game the teams would share the NEHC regular season crown. 

Place  School Points  Record   2/14-15 Opponents 
1. Norwich 29 14-1-1 JWU, SUF
2. Babson 25 12-3-1 SKD, HOB
3. Hobart  22 10-4-2 at UMB, at BAB
  New England College  22 11-6-0 USM
5. UMass Boston 19 9-6-1 HOB, SKD
6. Skidmore 16 7-7-2 at BAB, at UMB
7. Southern Maine 14 6-9-2 at NEC
8. Castleton 7 3-12-1 SUF, JWU
  Suffolk 6 2-12-2 at CST, at NOR

 

POWER PLAY PROWESS
• The Green and White owns Division III's top-ranked power play having converted 31-of-87 chances for a 35.63 percent success rate. The 31 goals are the Beavers' most since 2014 and tied for the fifth most during head coach Jamie Rice's '90 16-year tenure.
• Black, Egan, Rosa, senior Ryan McDougall and first-year Andrew Holland are tied for the team lead with four goals apiece on the power play, while Wiesner is just behind them with three tallies.

DISTINGUISHED GROUP
• With his third-period assist in Monday's win over Suffolk, Black became just the third Babson player since 2009-10 to reach the 30-point mark.
• Rosa, who has played on the top line all season with Black, produced 14 goals and 16 assists for 30 points last winter, while Terry Woods '11 recorded 14 goals and 16 points for 30 points during the 2009-10 campaign.

TWO-HEADED MONSTER
• Now unbeaten over his last eight starts, Arvanitis continues to rank first in Division III with a .963 save percentage and second nationally with a 1.09 goals against average. He is also tied for third in the country with four shutouts.
• The Division III leader in winning percentage (.875), Murphy is tied for third in the country in save percentage (.943) and fifth in goals against average (1.61).

TOURNAMENT IMPLICATIONS
• For the second consecutive year the four at-large bids to March's NCAA Tournament will be awarded to the top four squads in the PairWise Rankings after the eight automatic bids have been decided.
• The NEHC, which has Norwich (1), Hobart (6) and Babson (7), is one of just two conference with three teams in the top 10 entering the weekend.

MULTI-POINT PRODUCTION
• Egan finished with a goal and an assist in both games last weekend, while seven other players finished with at least two points in Friday's 11-2 rout of Johnson & Wales.
• Junior Patrick Flynn recorded his first career hat trick, Black and Wiesner each had a goal and three assists for four points, and Rosa added two goals and one assist for three points.
• Sophomore Max Torrez also registered the first two-goal game of his career in the victory.

POINTS FROM THE POINT
• McDougall (7-12-19), who ranks fourth among NEHC defensemen in scoring, senior Connor Dahlman (1-12-13) and sophomore John Corrigan (1-10-11) give the Beavers three defensemen with double-digit points for the first time since the 2013-14 campaign.

NUMBER TO KNOW
• The Beavers are 15-1-0 this winter when scoring at least three goals.

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