January 25, 2014

No. 6/6 Babson Edges No. 9/12 Men’s Hockey, 3-2

BABSON PARK, Mass.Babson College's Nik Tasiopoulos scored the go-ahead goal at 11:21 of the second period and goalie Jamie Murray made 16 of his 36 saves over the final 20 minutes, to lead the sixth ranked Beavers past No. 9/12 men's ice hockey by the final of 3-2 Saturday afternoon in an ECAC East conference showdown at the Babson Skating Center.

The loss, which is the third straight for the Beacons dropped their overall record to 13-4-2, 6-4-2 in the conference.  The Beacons winners of their last five improved to 16-3-0, 10-2-0 in the ECAC East.

Junior Nathan Milam (Westland, Mich.) and sophomore Peter MacIntyre (Norfolk, Mass.), who entered the game ranked second nationally in scoring, both had a goal for the Beacons. Junior Stephen Buco (North Providence, R.I.) added a pair of assists while MacIntyre and senior Travis Daniel (North Brunswick, N.J.) each had one.

Mike Driscoll and freshman Michael Phillips each scored for the Beavers, who got three assists from sophomore Mike Vollmin.  Tasiopoulos, senior Troy Starrett and Jon Mleczko all chipped in with an assist in the win.

Babson jumped on top 1-0 just 5:14 into the game as Phillips scored his fourth power play goal of the season, converting a feed from Tasiopoulos, following a UMass-Boston cross check. The Beavers then doubled their advantage just 4:15 later when Driscoll scored his second goal of the weekend series and team-leading ninth of the season at the 9:19 mark.

MacIntyre cut the Beaver's lead in half just moments later, notching his 16th goal of the season, just 16 seconds after a Babson penalty to make it 2-1 at 11:44 of the first. The Beavers were unable to convert a power play opportunity late in the opening period, and the Beacons took advantage, knotting the game at 2-2 just 5:28 into the second.

Babson was whistled for its second penalty of the game at the 4:14 mark and Milam scored his 10th goal of the season off assists from MacIntyre and Buco 1:14 later. Tasiopoulos broke the tie just under six minutes later though, scoring his ninth goal of the season on a shot from the slot at the 11:21 mark.

UMass Boston outshot the Beavers 16-10 in the third period and had a trio of power play opportunities, two of which came in the game's final three minutes. Murray stopped a point-blank shot by sophomore Frankie DeAugustine (Pittsburgh, Pa.) with just under three minutes left and then denied a pair of deflections by Milam and MacIntyre with a minute and a half remaining.

The Beacons pulled sophomore goaltender Billy Faust (Alta Loma, Calif.) for the final 1:14, but Babson was able to kill off 52 seconds of their two-man advantage to secure the victory.

Faust finished with 33 saves for the Beacons, who also held a 38-36 advantage in shots on goal and won one more face off than the Beavers.

Beacons return to action next Friday when they host Skidmore College at 7 p.m.

Information for this release provided by Babson College Sports Information Department