BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Junior Jared Melman (San Jose, Calif.) scored midway through the second period to break a 1-1 tie and propel the University of New England to a 3-1 victory over nationally-ranked Babson College in an ECAC East men's ice hockey game played Saturday afternoon at the Harold Alfond Forum.
The win was UNE's first-ever over Babson, which is ranked fifth in the most recent D3hockey.com poll, and sixth in the USCHO poll. The Nor'easters improved to 4-7-1 overall, 2-5 in ECAC East games. The Beavers dropped to 9-2-0 overall and 5-1-0 in the league.
Babson grabbed a 1-0 lead at 9:25 of the first when sophomore Mike Vollmin (Wilmington, N.C.) directed a shot from the right boards through traffic in front of the UNE goal and into the cage. Senior Pat Guerriero (New York, N.Y.) and first-year Bill Seligman (Toronto, Ontario) were credited with assists on the play.
UNE knotted the score on the power play just before the close of the period. First-year Blaise Healy (Melrose, Mass.) knocked home a rebound after a Cassidy April (San Diego, Calif.) slap-shot from the point was turned away. Healy's goal came with 29 seconds on the clock.
Melman would notch the game-winner at 10:03 of the second frame, converting a rebound off a save of his own shot after the Nor'easters had an odd-man rush out of their defensive zone. Junior Nick Kolb (Virginia Beach, Va.) and first-year Dustin Walsh (Concord, N.H.) set-up Melman's goal.
That would be all the scoring until Big Blue lit the lamp again late in the contest.
The Beavers pulled sophomore goaltender Jamie Murray (Scituate, Mass.) for an extra skater with just under three minutes remaining, and UNE capitalized right away as junior Chris Healy (Melrose, Mass.) scored from the Nor'easters' defensive zone. Healy was trying to clear the puck, and his outlet slid the length of the ice and trickled over the goal line.
Junior goalie Colby Drost (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) recorded a career-high 41 saves between the pipes for the Nor'easters, including a total of 32 over the final two periods.
Murray had 25 stops for the Beavers, who led 42-28 in shots on goal.
Babson will break for final exams and return to action on Thursday, January 2, when it travels to Salem State for a 6 p.m. faceoff. UNE is off until Saturday, January 4 when it hosts Morrisville State at 2 p.m.
Note: Release courtesy of the University of New England.