EYES ON THE GAME
EYES ON THE GAME
BOSTON – Suffolk men's hockey takes the ice against NEHC foes for the last time in 2019 this weekend when it visits UMass Boston and Babson. The Rams will first battle the Beacons Friday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m., before stopping by the Beavers the next day, Saturday, Dec. 7 at 4 p.m.
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LAST TIME OUT
An underclassmen contingent paced Suffolk men's hockey to a 5-2 victory over Becker in the consolation contest of the Steve Hoar Invitational Sunday night at Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center.
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Suffolk has won two of its last three games to move to 3-6 on the year.
The Rams' 20-goal offense has been well-balanced with 17 different skaters producing at least one point and 14 with multiple points. Jack Kelly's seven points lead the way with four goals and three assists. Miller Rubin's six assists put his second on the squad in points with Brian Brooks five points on three markers and two helpers good for third.
Nathan Pickett and Cal Wilcox split time in between the pipes. Pickett has two wins to his credit with a 3.75 GAA and a .915 save percentage in five appearances, all starts. Wilcox, meanwhile, holds a 5.12 GAA and .869 save percentage in five games played, four starts.
UMass Boston split acting at the Bowdoin-Colby Classic with a win over Colby (6-3) and a setback to Bowdoin (2-1) to move to 4-4-0 on the season. Against conference competition, the Beacons hold a 2-2-0 record.
Nolan Redler and Daniel Nachbaur have each eclipsed the double-digit point plateau this season to pace the Beacons' 37-goal offense. Redler's team-high 14 points are divided in half between goals (7) and assists (7), while Nachbaur's 10 points come off a team-best eight helpers and two markers.
UMass uses three different gloves in net. Bailey MacBurnie has seen the most action and has assembled a stat line of 3.07 GAA and .893 save percentage over four starts. Nolan Egbert holds a 2.34 GAA and .899 save percentage over three games. Sam Best rounds out the threesome with a 4.54 GAA and .700 save percentage.
INSIDE THE SERIES
- Suffolk's and UMass Boston's series began in 1980 and the foes will meet for the 18th time overall Friday night.
- The Rams trail the all-time series with the Beacons, 2-15-0, and look for their first win over UMass since Dec. 30, 2019, a 2-1 decision.
- Suffolk's only wins versus Boston have come under Chris Glionna's guidance.
Babson took a break from NEHC action over Thanksgiving break as well with its latest outing at Amherst ending in a 1-1 overtime stalemate to put the Beavers at 5-3-1 on the season. Babson has split its NEHC action to hold a 2-2-0 league ledger.
Mike Egan (3g, 5a) and Patrick Flynn (2g, 6a) each supply eight points to the Beavers' 24-goal offense. Ryan Black adds sigh points on two goals and four helpers and Nick Rosa has a team-best four strikes to go along with one helper.
Aidan Murphy is the usual starter in between the pipes. He holds a 1.36 GAA and a .956 save percentage. Brand Arvanitis (2.02 GAA, .936 save percentage) and Nolan Hildebrand (4.09 GAA, .875 save percentage) have seen time in net for Babson as well.
INSIDE THE SERIES
- Suffolk and Babson will meet for the fifth time overall. The Rams have yet to take down the Beavers, trailing the series, 0-4-0.
- Babson has outscored Suffolk, 17-8, in the four meetings.
Suffolk concludes first semester play Tuesday, Dec. 10 when it entertains Salem State at 7 p.m. at Emmons Horrigan O'Neil Memorial Rink.