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Men's Ice Hockey Explodes for Four Third-Period Goals, Downs Curry 4-2

Men's Ice Hockey Explodes for Four Third-Period Goals, Downs Curry 4-2

MILTON, Mass.—Visiting Babson College erupted for four answered goals in the third period and overcame a two-goal deficit for the second game in a row, defeating Curry College, 4-2, in non-conference men's ice hockey action on Saturday afternoon at Max Ulin Rink.

With its third consecutive win, Babson improves to 11-3-1 overall. Curry, which saw its three-game winning streak come to an end, slips to 6-5-2 on the year.

Senior Tommy Munichiello (Weymouth, Mass.), sophomore Patrick Flynn (Framingham, Mass.) and first-years Mike Egan (Billerica, Mass.) and Max Torrez (Framingham, Mass.), who was making his collegiate debut, all scored for the Beavers. Rookie Ryan Black (Pomfret, Conn.) tied for game-high honors with two assists, while senior Stevie DeForge (Norwood, Mass.), sophomores Brendan Casey (Glastonbury, Conn.), Cooper Norton (Williston, Vt.) and Nick Rosa (Birmingham, Mich.), and first-years John Corrigan (Stoneham, Mass.) and Matt Wiesner (Newport Beach, Calif.) all contributed one assist apiece.

Junior Billy Vizzo (Shelton, Conn.) had a goal and an assist, first-year Mic Curran (Arlington, Mass.) scored once, and sophomore Joseph Thielen (Huntington Beach, Calif.) had two assists for the Colonels.

After being blanked over the first two periods, the Green and White scored four times on just seven shots over the final 20 minutes. Egan started a breakout and took a return pass from Black to notch his fifth goal of the season to pull Babson within 2-1 just over two minutes in the stanza. Munichiello tied the game three minutes later when he buried Wiesner's feed from behind the net.

Seniro goaltender Bryan Botcher (Mequon, Wis.) made six of his 10 third-period saves over the next seven minutes, and the Beavers went in front for good on the first career goal by Torrez with 8:00 to play. DeForge carried the puck into the zone on a 3-on-2 and left it off for Torrez, who beat Curry junior netminder Justin Ketola (Cloquet, Minn.) up high for a 3-2 edge.

Flynn put the game away with his fifth goal of the year at the 16:36 mark when he cleaned up the rebound of Black's shot to make it 4-2.

The Colonels outshot Babson 17-15 over the first two periods and scored once in each frame to build a 2-0 advantage. Curran's wrist shot on the power play at 10:59 of the first made it 1-0, and sophomore Kasper Kjellkvist (Vaxjo, Sweden) used a fortuitous bounce in the neutral zone following a line change to find Vizzo for his first goal of the year 54 seconds into the second period.

Botcher made 23 saves to pick up his sixth win of the year for Beavers. Ketola stopped 20 shots for Curry, which finished with a 25-24 edge in shots on goal.

Babson returns to action on Friday when it travels to Southern Maine at 7 p.m., while Curry hosts Plymouth State on Tuesday at 6:50 p.m.

• The Beavers are now 10-4-0 all-time against Curry and have won five of the last six meetings in the series.
• Babson is now 6-0-0 on the road this season despite allowing its foes to score first five times.
• Egan and Black have combined for two goals and five assists over the last two games, while Corrigan and Cooper have both contributed a point in three straight outings.
• The Beavers' 11-3-1 start is their best through 15 games since 2014-15 when they were 12-2-1.