Spartans Face Off with Ranked Conference Opponents This Weekend

Spartans Face Off with Ranked Conference Opponents This Weekend

CASTLETON, Vt. – The Castleton men's hockey team hits the road this weekend for a pair of contests against nationally ranked New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) opponents in UMass-Boston and Babson.

The Spartans take on No. 2 UMass-Boston on Friday night at 7 p.m. before facing off with No. 13/15 Babson on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. Castleton enters the weekend with an overall record of 2-1-1, most recently splitting a pair of NEHC contests against Saint Anselm and New England College.

Bart Moran has helped power the offense thus far, having a hand in four of the team's nine goals so far. The senior captain has scored a pair of goals this season, while assisting on two more through four games. Both of his goals have come on the power play, ranking him second in the nation in power-play scores this season. Henning Dahlberg ranks second on the team with three points, scoring the game-winner against Saint Anselm and assisting on a pair of goals through four contests. Kevin Rosset is tied for the team lead in goals, with two, while three others have one goal and one assist.

Ryan Mulder has started all four times in goal for the Spartans, posting a 2-1-1 record in his four appearances. The junior has stopped 104 total shots so far this year, good for a .945 save percentage and a 1.49 goals-against average. His goals-against average ranks him 11th in the nation, while his save percentage is 15th best in all of Division III.

UMass-Boston comes into the weekend after moving up one spot, to No. 2 in the nation, in both the D3hockey.com and USCHO national polls following a convincing, 6-0 win over UMass-Dartmouth last weekend. The Beacons are 2-0 on the year, outscoring opponents 11-1 to date.

Defenseman Tyler Bishop has four assists through the first two games of the season, tied for the Division III lead with 2.0 assists per game, while ranking second in the nation among all defenseman in points per game. Zach Lindsay and Tyler Sifferlen each have one goal and two assists this season, while Drew Gannon, Colin Larkin and Ryan Cusin each have two points to date.

Jordan Bustard has a perfect 2-0 mark in goal, stopping 42 of the 43 shots he has seen between the pipes this season. Bustard has a .977 save percentage to go along with a 0.50 goals-against average and one shutout. The rookie ranks among the top five in the nation in goals-against average, save percentage, win percentage and shutouts this season.

UMass-Boston holds a 9-7-2 edge over Castleton all time, and has won each of the last four matchups between the two teams. The Beacons collected a pair of 5-1 wins over the Spartans a season ago, and has won each of the last three matchups on their home ice.

Babson comes into the weekend at 1-1-1 overall and No. 13/15 in the nation, going 0-1-1 against Hobart on the opening weekend before beating Plymouth St., 4-3. The Beavers are allowing three goals per game to date, while scoring just less than three goals per game, on average.

Michael Phillips, Bill Seligman and Rob Devaney have each tallied a goal and two assists this season for three points apiece, while Ryan Gouveia leads the team with two goals. Tim Searles, Tommy Munichiello and Dan Casey all have two points each as well to date.

Matt Pompa has started twice, allowing five goals in less than 100 minutes of play for a record of 0-1-0. The sophomore has a 3.01 goals-against average and a .926 save percentage to date. Bryan Botcher has a mark of 1-0-1, allowing three goals in two appearances for a .909 save percentage and 2.12 goals-against average.

Babson is 13-5-3 all time against Castleton, most recently taking two contests from the Spartans a season ago. Castleton's last win against the Beavers came during the 2014-15 season, as it defeated the Beavers 3-1 at Spartan Arena.