BABSON PARK, Mass.—First-years Matt Brazel (Hingham, Mass.) and Tommy Munichiello (Weymouth, Mass.) both finished with a goal and two assists, and second-seeded Babson College scored four times on the power play to defeat seventh-seeded Skidmore College, 5-2, in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) quarterfinal contest on Saturday night at the Babson Skating Center.
No. 9 USCHO.com/No. 10 D3hockey.com Babson, which is 12-2 in its last 14 conference tournament quarterfinal appearances, moves to 18-5-3 on the year, while Skidmore sees its season come to a close at 5-17-4.
Senior Jared Wiedemann (Pembroke, Mass.) finished with a goal and an assist, and classmate Max Franklin (Wrentham, Mass.) and junior Bill Seligman (Toronto, Ontario) each scored once for the Beavers. Junior Matt McMorrow (Pearl River, N.Y.) recorded two assists, while senior Mike Vollmin (Wilmington, N.C.) and juniors Michael Phillips (Richmond Heights, Ohio) and Tim Searles (Chesapeake, Va.) all contributed one apiece in the win.
Senior Ondrej Krajnak (Presov, Slovakia) and sophomore Christian Leahy (Scituate, Mass.) both scored once, while sophomores Luke Alletzhauser (Cicero, N.Y.) and Mickey Foley (Longmeadow, Mass.) each contributed an assist for the Thoroughbreds.
Skidmore took a penalty 5:09 into the first period and Wiedemann made them pay with his third career postseason goal just 40 seconds into the power play. Phillips hit McMorrow along the end line and he sent a diagonal feed to Wiedemann, who stepped in from the left point and sent a blast inside the left post for a 1-0 lead.
The Beavers extended their advantage just under nine minutes later on Brazel's eighth tally of the season. Vollmin fed the puck down low to Munichiello, who found Brazel with a centering feed at the left post for his first career postseason goal.
The Green and White, which outshot the Thoroughbreds 39-11 over the first two periods, killed off a penalty early in the second and then scored on its third consecutive power play to make it a three-goal game. Munichiello took a pass in the slot and stuffed home his own rebound after having his first shot denied by junior Jack McDonald (King City, Ontario) at the 15:13 mark of the middle period for his ninth goal of the year.
Krajnak got Skidmore on the board with his fourth tally of the year on a blast from the left wing at 3:23 of the third to cut the deficit to 3-1. Babson responded with back-to-back goals, though as Seligman buried a centering feed from Munichiello at the 5:45 mark, and Franklin notched his fifth career playoff goal from the slot on the power play a little over four minutes later to extend the lead to 5-1.
The Thoroughbreds pulled McDonald for much of the final eight minutes and took advantage of the extra skater when Leahy poked home a loose puck in front of the net with 5:07 remaining for the final margin.
Senior Jamie Murray (Scituate, Mass.) made 19 of his 30 saves over the final 20 minutes for the Beavers to move to 13-4-3 on the season.
McDonald finished with 44 stops for Skidmore, which was outshot 49-32 on the night.
The Green and White, which entered the game with four power play goals over its last 14 games, went 4-for-4 with a man advantage and killed off three Thoroughbred power plays.
Babson returns to action next Saturday when it hosts third-seeded Norwich at 7 p.m.
• The Beavers are 25-6-1 all-time against Skidmore and have won seven in a row in the series.
• Babson is now 8-0 all-time against the Thoroughbreds in the conference playoffs.
• The Beavers have now won nine of their last 10 conference tournament games, including all five played at the Babson Skating Center.
• The Green and White is 17-0-2 this season when scoring first and 11-0-0 on the year when leading after the first period.