Men's Ice Hockey vs. Johnson & Wales | Friday, December 6 | 7 p.m.
Men's Ice Hockey vs. Suffolk | Saturday, December 7 | 4 p.m.
Babson Skating Center | Babson Park, Mass.
WHAT TO KNOW
• After playing its last seven games on the road, Babson returns to home to wrap up the first semester against NEHC foes Johnson & Wales and Suffolk.
vs. Johnson & Wales
• Babson is 2-0-0 all-time against the Wildcats after sweeping the season series last winter.
• The Beavers won 5-1 in Providence on November 17, 2018, and followed it up with a 5-1 victory on home ice in January.
• The Beavers are 4-0-0 all-time against the Rams in a series that dates back to 2009.
• After rallying for a 2-1 road win on November 16, 2018, Babson scored five first period goals on the way to an 8-3 triumph over Suffolk last January inside the Babson Skating Center.
SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (5-3-1, 2-2-0 NEHC) is unbeaten over its last four games following Sunday's 1-1 OT tie at Amherst.
• Sophomore Ryan Black scored just over five minutes into the first period and classmate Aidan Murphy stopped a career-high 50 shots for the Beavers, who went 1-for-3 on the power play.
• Sophomore Mike Egan (3-5-8) had an assist in both games last weekend, junior Patrick Flynn (2-6-8) has produced five points over the last four contests, and the duo of Black (2-5-7) and junior Nick Rosa (4-1-5) have combined to score three times on the power play.
• Murphy is 4-0-1 with a 1.36 goals against average and a .956 save percentage in five starts, while junior Brad Arvanitis has gone 1-2-0 with a 2.02 goals against average and a .936 save percentage to go along with one shutout in three starts between the pipes for the Green and White.
SCOUTING THE WILDCATS
• Johnson & Wales (1-6-0, 0-4-0 NEHC) snapped its six-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over Western New England on Sunday.
• Sophomore Jake Glod had two goals and one assist, while classmate Austin Withycombe scored once and assisted on another goal for the Wildcats, who got a season-high 45 saves from junior goaltender Mike Rockwell.
• Senior Matt Bernot (2-3-5) and Glod (2-2-4) have combined for four goals, while senior Connor Bechtel (1-3-4) and junior Graham Day (1-3-4) are both tied for the team lead in assists.
• Rockwell has started six of seven games posting a 4.77 goals against average and a .897 save percentage while facing over 43 shots per outing.
SCOUTING THE RAMS
• Suffolk (3-6-0, 0-4-0 NEHC) has won two of its last three games after picking up a 5-2 victory at Becker on Sunday.
• First-years Alex Kolowrat, Griffin Clark and Max Rand all scored while combining for four assists for the Rams, who got the first of three unanswered goals at 7:33 of the second period to pull away.
• Junior Jack Kelly (4-3-7) has scored once on the power play, classmate Miller Rubin (0-6-6) leads the team in assists, and senior Brain Brooks (3-2-5) has a pair of goals in conference play.
• First-year netminders Nathan Pickett and Cal Wilcox have split time between the pipes posting a 4.43 goals against average and a .893 save percentage.
STANDING TALL BETWEEN THE PIPES
• In addition to Murphy's 50-save performance against Amherst, a feat that had not been achieved by a Babson netminder since 2000, Arvanitis stopped all 41 shots he faced to record his first collegiate shutout and win in a 5-0 triumph at Williams last Saturday.
• Murphy is tied for fifth in save percentage and ranks sixth among Division III goaltenders in goals against average, while Arvanitis, who was selected as the NEHC Goaltender of the Week on Monday, is tied for 20th nationally in save percentage.
SPECIAL TEAMS STANDOUTS
• Entering the weekend, Babson is the only Division III team in the country ranked in the top 10 on both the power play and the penalty kill.
• The Green and White has allowed just two power play goals and is tied for fifth with a 92.31 percent success rate killing off penalties (24-of-26), and ranks 10th scoring on 26.47 percent (9-of-34) of its own power play chances.
• Additionally, the Beavers average the fewest penalty minutes (6.00) in Division III.
• Flynn, Egan, senior Ryan McDougall and sophomores Max Torrez and Matt Wiesner all finished with two points apiece in the Beavers' 8-3 win over Suffolk last January, and Wiesner produced three goals in total in two games last year against the Rams.
• Black, Rosa, Egan and junior Christian Faggas combined for eight points (3 goals, 5 assists) in the first meeting between Babson and Johnson & Wales last November.
• Faggas scored twice in the Beavers' 5-1 win over the Wildcats inside the Babson Skating Center last January, while McDougal added a goal and an assist in the victory.
NUMBER TO KNOW
• During its current four-game unbeaten streak the Beavers have allowed just four goals.