Babson Downs Men's Hockey 4-2

Babson Downs Men's Hockey 4-2

BOSTON, Mass.—Babson College scored three goals in a four-minute span of the second period to take control and held on for a 4-2 win over UMass Boston men's hockey Saturday afternoon at the Edward T. Barry Ice Rink.

THE BASICS

Babson College 4, UMass Boston 2

(UMass Boston 9-6-2, 4-5-1 NEHC)

(Babson College 9-6-1, 6-4-0 NEHC)

HOW IT HAPPENED

With the Beacons leading 2-0 after 20 minutes, Babson scored three goals in a 3:43 span to turn the tide and earn a weekend split against the Beacons.

Sophomore Charlie Ackerman led the Beavers with a pair of goals and an assist, while Dan Casey and Tommy Munichiello tacked on a goal apiece.

In net, Bryan Botcher earned the start and put together the best performance of his young career. The sophomore stopped a career-high 40 shots, including 23 over the final two periods. 

UMass Boston seniors Zach Lindsay (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) and Brett Mason (Rowley, Mass.) both scored for the Beacons in the loss.

Freshman Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) made 34 saves on 37 shots to fall to 2-2-0 on the year.

After Babson came out firing in the opening five minutes, Lindsay and the Beacons took control on the scoreboard at 10:20. Gabe Chuckran (Media, Pa.) sent a lead pass for Albee Daley (Averill Park, N.Y.) who dropped it off to Lindsay at the blue line. The senior skated in on Botcher and squeezed a wrist shot through Botcher's pads that barely slid over the goal line.

UMass Boston doubled the lead at 17:48. Junior Colin Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) found an on-rushing Mason and Mason blasted a slap shot just underneath the crossbar for a 2-0 lead.

Babson turned the game on it's head in an eight-second span of the second. Rob Devaney chipped a pass in front of the crease to Dan Casey on a 2-on-1 and Casey got just enough on the puck to slide it inside the far post.

The Beavers tied the game at 2-2 just eight seconds after the ensuing face off. Ackerman took a pass at the edge of the near circle and rifled a shot just over MacBurnie's glove to tie the game at 4:45.

Babson took the lead for good at 8:20 of the period. Tim Searles skated the puck into the zone and found Munichiello, who blasted a shot top shelf for a power-play goal.

Lindsay had two great chances to tie the game late in the second, but his turnaround shot went right into Botcher's pads, after the goalie was scrambling to get back in position. Later in the period, Lindsay and Parker Wood (Rochester, Mich.) were in on a 2-on-0, but Lindsay's forehand shot bounced up off Botcher's pads and over the goal.

UMass Boston's comebacks efforts were cut down by a slew of penalties called against them in the third. In the final seven minutes of the game, UMass Boston was whistled for seven-straight penalties and had to kill off a full 5-on-3 penalty.

BY THE NUMBERS 

  • UMass Boston outshot the Beavers 42-38 and earned a 43-34 edge in face-offs.
  • The Beacons finished 0-for-5 on the power play. While Babson College ended the day 2-for-8. UMass Boston is now 0-for-11 on the power play in their last four games and one for their last 19 overall.
  • With the win, Babson improved to 39-16-6 all-time against the Beacons. The win marked the Beavers third-straight, regular-season road win.
  • Larkin extended his point-streak to eight games against the Beavers. He now has recorded seven goals and six points against Babson.

WHO'S NEXT

UMass Boston will look to get back on track Friday night, when they travel to Skidmore College for a 7 p.m. start.