Beavers Score Three Times on Power Play, Extend Division III's Longest Winning Streak to Seven with Rout of Huskies
GORHAM, Maine—First-year Mike Egan (Billerica, Mass.) scored twice and classmate Ryan Black (Pomfret, Conn.) recorded a career-high three assists to help No. 15 USCHO.com/No. 14 D3hockey.com Babson College defeat the University of Southern Maine, 6-2, in New England Hockey Conference men's ice hockey action on Friday night.
With its fourth straight win, Babson improves to 12-3-1 overall and 7-1-1 in league play, while Southern Maine slips to 2-11-2 overall and 2-7-1 in the NEHC.
Sophomore Nick Rosa (Birmingham, Mich.) had a goal and two assists, while first-years Zach Richterman (Canton, Ohio), Max Torrez (Framingham, Mass.) and Matt Wiesner (Newport Beach, Calif.) all scored once for the Beavers. Seniors Matt Brazel (Hingham, Mass.) and Tommy Munichiello (Weymouth, Mass.), junior Ryan McDougall (Milton, Mass.), sophomore Christian Faggas (Norwood, Mass.) and first-year Jack Nisbet (Scituate, Mass.) all registered an assist in the win.
Senior Bryan Botcher (Mequon, Wis.) improved to 7-1-1 on the year with 18 saves on 19 shots over the first two periods before first-year Aidan Murphy (Walpole, Mass.) came on to turn away 14 shots over the final 20 minutes for Babson.
First-year Michael Green (Baie d'Urfã, Quebec) finished with a goal and an assist for the Huskies, who got 22 saves from Paul Léger (Blainville, Quebec).
Senior Tyler Mathieu (Stillwater Lake, Nova Scotia) gave Southern Maine a 1-0 lead 5:20 into the contest when he stuffed a loose puck in at right post. Rosa tied the game with a backhand shot on the power play 70 seconds later, and Egan gave the Green and White a 2-1 lead at the 14:59 mark of the first when he put away a rebound 28 seconds into another power play.
The Beavers broke the game open with four second-period tallies, beginning with Egan's second goal of the night just 2:13 into the stanza. Torrez extended the lead to 4-1 by jamming home a rebound at the 5:58 mark, and Richterman followed with his second goal of the season just 58 seconds later to make it 5-1. Wiesner capped the flurry when he notched his 10th tally of the season on the power play with just over three minutes to go in the period for a 6-1 advantage.
The Huskies outshot Babson 15-3 in the third period and got a goal from Green, his third of the year, to get within 6-2 at 6:27.
The Beavers were outshot 34-28 but went 3-for-4 on the power play while holding Southern Maine scoreless on seven extra-man opportunities.
Both teams return to action on Saturday at 4 p.m. as Babson travels to New England College, while the Huskies host nationally-ranked UMass Boston.
• The Beavers are now 30-8-1 all-time against Southern Maine and have won 16 straight in the series going back to 2013.
• Babson matched its season high with six goals, and its three power play tallies are the most since going 4-for-6 on the power play in a 7-3 win over Southern Maine on February 9, 2018.
• The Green and White is now 7-0-0 on the road this season and currently owns Division III's longest active road winning streak.
• The Beavers are 8-0-1 this winter when allowing two goals or less.