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Game Preview: Men's Ice Hockey at Skidmore

Game Preview: Men's Ice Hockey at Skidmore

Men's Ice Hockey at Skidmore
Saturday, January 13—4 p.m.
Saratoga City Rink—Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Babson and Skidmore will meet for the 36th time on Saturday in a series that dates back to 1999. The Beavers are 28-6-1 all-time against the Thoroughbreds and have won 11 straight games in the series.

Senior Rob Devaney scored twice in the third period and classmate Charlie Ackerman recorded a career-high three assists as the Beavers defeated Skidmore, 4-1, on November 17 in Babson Park. Fellow seniors Matt McMorrow and Ryan Gouveia also scored for the Green and White, while classmate Joe DePietto added a pair of assists in the victory.

Dave Dupuis scored on a power play 3:45 into the second period and Brad Schuler added his ninth goal of the season just over seven minutes later as the Thoroughbreds shut out Babson, 3-0, on February 2, 2013, in Saratoga Springs. Ben Freiberg made 21 saves for Skidmore, while Zeke Testa '13 stopped 17 shots for the Beavers.

Skidmore (2-13-1, 0-8-1 NEHC) returned to conference play with a 7-1 loss to No. 7/10 UMass Boston on Friday night. Sophomore Quincy Gregg gave the Thoroughbreds a 1-0 lead late in the first period before the Beacons responded with five second-period goals to seize control of the game. First-year Matt Muzyka (4-6-10) has scored twice on the power play, sophomore Tim Allen (3-5-8) has one game-winning goal, and junior Adam Moodie (4-3-7) has struck for all four of his goals in conference play. Sophomore Brandon Kasel has posted a 3.40 goals against average and a .908 save percentage in 14 starts on the year.

Babson (8-5-2, 6-2-1 NEHC) scored twice in the third period to rally for a 4-3 victory at No. 11/9 Hobart on Friday night. First-year Nick Rosa finished with a goal and an assist and Gouveia notched the game-winning goal at 13:35 of the third period for the Beavers, who led 2-0 entering the second period. Devaney (5-8-13) has produced 11 points in eight conference games, Rosa (6-5-11) has a goal in five of the last six contests, and Gouveia (5-5-10) leads the Green and White with three game-winning tallies. Junior goaltender Matt Pompa owns a 2.19 goals against average and a .929 save percentage in 13 starts this winter.

Junior goaltender Bryan Botcher made his first start since November 3 on Friday and stopped 35-of-38 shot to earn his second win of the season. After going 7-4-2 during the 2016-17 campaign, Botcher turned away 16-of-17 shots before suffering an injury at Castleton in the second game of the season.

The Green and White, which has played just two home games since the middle of November, will wrap up a four-game road trip on Saturday at Skidmore. Babson will play five straight and seven of its last nine regular season games at home beginning next Friday.

Nine different players recorded at least one point and each of the Beavers top three forward lines produced multiple points. In addition to Rosa scoring for the fifth time in six games, first-year Patrick Flynn extended his points streak to three games with an assist.

The Beavers are 8-1-1 this season when scoring three or more goals.