Bonazza, Driscoll Push No. 5/6 Men's Ice Hockey Past Southern Maine, 5-2
GORHAM, Maine—Junior Andrew Bonazza (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia) scored twice, and junior Mike Driscoll (Milton, Mass.) added a career-high three assists as visiting Babson College (No. 5 D3hockey.com/No. 6 USCHO.com) defeated the University of Southern Maine, 5-2, in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East men's hockey action on Friday night at the USM Ice Arena.
With the victory, Babson moves to 9-1-0 overall and 5-0-0 in conference play, while Southern Maine drops to 4-4-0 overall and 3-3-0 in the league.
Bonazza scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the opening minute of the second period when he fired home the rebound of a shot taken by senior Matt Furey (Quincy, Mass.). He also capped the scoring late in the third period with an empty-net goal after some hard work along the boards by senior Connor Berto (Lake Forest, Ill.).
Berto and classmate Matt O'Neill (Norwell, Mass.) each had a goal and an assist, while senior Nik Tasiopoulos (Norwell, Mass.) added his team-leading sixth goal of the year. Furey and senior Ryan Heavey (Andover, Mass.) each had two assists for the Beavers.
Huskies' rookie winger Todd Bannerman (Georgetown, Ont.) scored twice for the home side. Sophomore Alex Pompeo (Hingham, Mass.) picked up an assist on both goals.
Sophomore goalie Jamie Murray (Scituate, Mass.) earned the win for Babson stopping 21 shots. Rookie Dylan Wells (Nashville, Tenn.) made 26 saves for USM before being lifted with 1:37 to go in favor of the extra attacker.
The Beavers took the lead just 44 seconds into the game as O'Neill jammed in a close-range shot after taking a feed from Driscoll.
Bannerman tied the game at 18:38 when he deflected a Pompeo shot past Murray for his third goal of the season. Sophomore Daniel Mattsson (Uppsala, Sweden) picked up the other assist.
The tie lasted only 54 seconds as Berto regained the lead for the Beavers with a shot from 30 feet out. Heavey and freshman Michael Phillips (Richmond Heights, Ohio) earned assists for the Green and White, which led 2-1 at the first intermission.
After Bonazza staked the Beavers to a 3-1 lead 50 seconds into the middle period, the play settled down until the 14:30 mark when Tasiopoulos ripped a shot from the left-wing circle past Wells for his fourth power-play score of the year.
Bannerman got one back for the home side at 15:55 when he found himself 20 feet out in front of an empty net, but that is as close as the Huskies would get. Pompeo and rookie Kelby Lorenz (Mississauga, Ont.) picked up the assists.
Both teams return to action on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. when Babson looks for a weekend sweep at the University of New England, while Southern Maine plays host to UMass-Boston.
GAME NOTES: The Beavers are now 17-8-1 all-time against Southern Maine and have won three straight meetings against the Huskies…Babson is 5-0-0 in the ECAC East for the first time since the 1994-95 season…The Beavers have won seven of their last nine road games and are now 7-0-0 on the year when allowing two goals or less...Babson has outscored its opponents 9-3 in the third period this season, and have not conceded a goal over the final 20 minutes in four consecutive games.
Note: Portions of this release courtesy of the University of Southern Maine.