Game Preview: Men's Ice Hockey vs. Castleton

Game Preview: Men's Ice Hockey vs. Castleton

Men's Ice Hockey vs. Castleton
Saturday, February 6 | 2:30 p.m.
Babson Skating Center | Babson Park, Mass.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson is 21-5-4 all-time against Castleton in a series that dates back to 2004.
• The Beavers are unbeaten over their last 11 games (10-0-1) against the Spartans and have won seven consecutive meetings against Castleton inside the Babson Skating Center.

LAST MEETING
• Saturday's matchup will be the second in eight days between the Beavers and Spartans, who got the 2021 season underway last Saturday inside the Babson Skating Center.
• Babson got goals from six different players and sophomore goaltender Nolan Hildebrand finished with 25 saves in a 6-0 victory.
• Senior Patrick Flynn had a goal and two assists, while juniors Cam Schmitt and Matt Wiesner each contributed a goal and an assist for the Beavers, who scored twice in every period.

SCOUTING THE SPARTANS
• Castleton (0-1) returns 20 players from a team that finished 6-17-3 after falling to Norwich in the quarterfinals of the NEHC Tournament.
• The Spartans bring back five of their top six scorers, highlighted by junior Glenn Wiswell who finished with 13 goals and 13 assists for 26 points last winter.
• Moise (8-12-20) was second on the team in goals, senior Nick Gravina (6-10-16) scored three times on the power play, and junior Alex Manula (5-10-15) was one of six different players to record a game-winning goal.
• Sophomore Brandon Collett made 17 starts going 4-12-1 with a 4.52 goals against average and a .901 save percentage, while junior Kyle Alaverdy was 1-4-2 with a 4.48 goals against average and a .877 save percentage in seven starts between the pipes.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (1-0) returns 24 players from a team that finished the year at 18-6-2 overall after getting upset by Southern Maine in the quarterfinals of the NEHC Tournament.
• Junior Ryan Black (12-20-32) produced the program's highest point total since 2009 last winter, Wiesner (11-16-27) was second on the team in assists, and fellow junior Mike Egan (14-12-26) led the team in goals.
• Senior Nick Rosa (12-10-22) has totaled 70 points in 76 career games, while Flynn (6-15-21) set new career highs in both assists and points in 2019-20.
• The goaltending tandem of senior Brad Arvanitis and junior Aidan Murphy combined to post 1.48 goals against average and a .950 save percentage to go along with five shutouts last winter for Division III's third-ranked scoring defense.

OPENING STATEMENT
• Hildebrand, who was making just the second start of his career, became the first Babson goaltender to open the season with a shutout since Andrew Peabody '12 made 29 saves in a 2-0 win over Colby in the 2009-10 opener.

FIRST IN THE EAST
• Last Saturday's tilt between Babson and Castleton was the first played by Division III teams in the eastern half of the country this season.
• Becker and Division II Franklin Pierce will join the Beavers and Spartans when they get their respective seasons underway on Friday, Feb. 5.

PRODUCING AGAINST THE SPARTANS
• Last Saturday's three-point outing marked the fourth straight multi-point game for Flynn against Castleton.
• He produced two assists apiece in victories over the Spartans last winter and contributed a goal and an assist in a 7-2 win back on January 19, 2019.
• Overall, he has two goals and seven assists for nine points over the last four games in the series.

LIGHTING THE LAMP
• Black, junior Max Torrez and first-year Thomas Kramer all scored in last Saturday's victory over Castleton.
• Black and Wiesner, who scored the Beavers' lone power play goal of the contest, have both tallied in two straight games against the Spartans.

ONE-TWO PUNCH
• The Beavers' goaltending tandem of Arvanitis and Murphy put together two of the top seasons in program history last winter.
• Arvanitis, who earned ACHA All-America East third-team honors, went 8-3-1 and ranked second nationally in both goals against average (1.33) and save percentage (.954) to go along with four shutouts in 12 starts. His goals against average and save percentage both rank first in single-season program history.
• Murphy was nearly as good for the Green and White going 10-2-1 and ranking fourth in both goals against average (1.64) and save percentage (.942) to go along with one shutout in 13 starts.

NUMBER TO KNOW
• The six goals scored last Saturday are the most by the Beavers in a season opener since 2003 when they began the year with a 6-4 victory over Hamilton.

HOW TO TUNE IN
• While no spectators will be allowed inside the Babson Skating Center this season, all home games will be streamed on the Babson Sports Network.

UP NEXT
• Babson begins a home-and-home series with New England College inside the Babson Skating Center next Friday at 6:30 p.m.

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