BABSON PARK, Mass.—Babson College scored twice early in the third period and junior goaltender Bryan Botcher (Mequon, Wis.) made 33 saves to record his first shutout of the season in the Beavers' 2-0 win over the University of Southern Maine in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) action on Saturday afternoon at the Babson Skating Center.
With the win, Babson improves to 10-6-2 overall and 8-3-1 in conference play, while Southern Maine slips to 3-10-4 overall and 3-6-3 in the NEHC.
Seniors Rob Devaney (Reading, Mass.) and Ryan Gouveia (Dartmouth, Mass.) both scored, while classmates Matt McMorrow (Pearl River, N.Y.) and Josh Casper (Lake Forest, Ill.) added assists for the Beavers. Junior Matt Brazel (Hingham, Mass.) and sophomore Ryan McDougall (Milton, Mass.) also recorded an assist apiece in the victory.
First-year Anthony D'Aloisio (Frisco, Texas) finished with 25 saves for the Huskies.
Following two scoreless periods, Devaney got the Green and White on the board with his sixth goal of the year just 2:49 into the third. McDougall held the puck in the zone at the blue line along the left side boards and threw a puck on net that was tipped in by Devaney.
The Beavers doubled their advantage just under four minutes later when Gouveia cleaned up a rebound for his team-leading ninth goal of the season at the 6:44 mark. Casper's shot from the left point sent D'Aloisio sprawling to the ice and Gouveia was on the doorstep to poke home the loose puck to extend his points streak to four games.
Southern Maine, which outshot Babson 33-27, went 0-for-3 on the power play over the first two periods. The Huskies pulled D'Aloisio with 2:28 to go in the third and had 62 seconds of a 6-on-4 power play, which was followed by 58 seconds of a 6-on-3 advantage, but were unable to solve Botcher. He made 16 of his 33 saves over the final 20 minutes to win for the third time in as many starts this winter.
Both teams return to action on Tuesday at 7 p.m. as Babson hosts Amherst in its final non-conference game of the season, while Southern Maine travels to Bowdoin.
• The Beavers are now 27-8-1 all-time against the Huskies and have won 13 straight games in the series going back to the 2012-13 campaign.
• Babson has recorded eight shutouts over the last 10 games against Southern Maine.
• Since returning from break on December 30, the Beavers have killed off 21-of-23 penalties.
• Babson is now 1-2-0 this season when scoring two goals or less.