Series Preview: Men's Ice Hockey Set for Home-and Home Series with New England College Starting Friday

Series Preview: Men's Ice Hockey Set for Home-and Home Series with New England College Starting Friday

Men's Ice Hockey vs. New England College
Friday, February 12 | 6:30 p.m. | Babson Skating Center | Babson Park, Mass.
Saturday, February 13 | 4 p.m. | Lee Clement Arena | Henniker, N.H.

THE SETUP
• Babson and New England College will play a home-and-home series beginning Friday night at the Babson Skating Center. The series wraps up on Saturday in Henniker, N.H.

SERIES HISTORY
• Babson is 42-22-8 all-time against New England College in a series that dates back to 1977.
• The teams split a pair of meetings last winter – the Pilgrims won 5-3 in Henniker on November 16, 2019, while the Beavers posted a 4-2 victory on January 24, 2020, in Babson Park.
• Babson and NEC have split their last 13 meetings with each team winning four times in addition to finishing in a tie five times.
• Going back to 2015, six of the last 15 games between the teams has gone to overtime.

LAST MEETING
• Junior Mike Egan scored twice and classmate Ryan Black added a goal and two assists in the Beavers' 4-2 win on January 24, 2020, inside the Babson Skating Center.
• Junior Matt Wiesner also scored for Babson, which got 22 saves from senior goaltender Brad Arvanitis.
• Patrick DeBlois finished with a goal and an assist, while Carlos Fornaris recorded two assists for the Pilgrims.

SCOUTING THE PILGRIMS
• New England College (0-0) returns 19 players from a team that finished 17-9-1 and reached the NEHC semifinals last winter.
• The Pilgrims bring back six of their top eight scorers, highlighted by junior Nikita Pintusov (25-16-41), who was second in goals and tied for seventh in Division III in points last year.
• Fellow junior Connor Inger (14-15-29) scored four times on the power play and classmate Trevor Momot (11-10-21) was third on the team in goals for the nation's 10th-ranked offense.
• Junior goaltender Spencer Kozlowski posted a 1.64 goals against average and a .941 save percentage in two games last season and is 4-0 with a 0.83 GAA and a .966 save percentage in six career appearances.

SCOUTING THE BEAVERS
• Babson (2-0) is coming off a 6-1 victory over Castleton last Saturday.
• Black had two goals, senior Nick Rosa recorded a goal and an assist, and Wiesner chipped in with two assists for the Beavers, who got a point from 11 different players.
• Wiesner (1-3-4) and senior Patrick Flynn (1-3-4) are tied for the team lead in points and assists, Black (3-0-3) is one of four players with a power play goal, and junior Cam Schmitt (1-2-3) and sophomore Chris Rooney (1-2-3) have both contributed points in each of the team's first two games.
• Arvanitis, who made 17 saves in his season debut against Castleton, posted a 1.33 goals against average and a .954 save percentage in 12 starts last winter, while sophomore Nolan Hildebrand recorded his first career shutout in a season-opening victory over the Spartans on January 30.

STRONG START ON SPECIAL TEAMS
• The Beavers, which ranked second on the power play and eighth in Division III on the penalty kill last season, have been sharp on special teams in their first two games.
• Babson scored three times on the power play last Saturday against Castleton and 4-for-13 (30.8 percent) over its first two contests.
• The Green and White also has killed off 8-of-9 minor penalties, which is tied for fifth among teams that have played at least two games.

DEFENSE PROVIDING OFFENSE
• Junior Cole Sanderson, who tallied the first of his career, and senior Brendan Casey both contributed goals in last Saturday's win over Castleton.
• Along with Schmitt (1-2-3) and junior John Corrigan (0-2-2), Babson's defensemen have combined for three goals and four assists for seven points in two games to start the year.

PRODUCING AGAINST THE PILGRIMS
• Over the last four games against New England College, the quartet of Black, Egan, Rosa and Wiesner has combined to score 11 goals to go along with eight assists for 19 points.
• Black (2-5-7) has at least a point in all four games, Egan (5-1-6) scored twice in both meetings last winter, Rosa (1-2-3) had an assist in both 2019-20 contests, and Wiesner has a goal in three of the four matchups.

NUMBER TO KNOW
• The Beavers have scored first in nine of their last 12 games against New England College going back to 2016.

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 Albertus Magnus inside the Babson Skating Center on Friday, February 19, at 4 p.m.

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