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Men's Ice Hockey Opens NEHC Play with 5-2 Win at Southern Maine

Men's Ice Hockey Opens NEHC Play with 5-2 Win at Southern Maine

GORHAM, Mass.—Senior Ryan McDougall (Milton, Mass.) and sophomore Ryan Black (Pomfret, Conn.) both finished with a goal and an assist as visiting Babson College defeated the University of Southern Maine, 5-2, in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men's ice hockey action on Friday night inside the USM Ice Arena.

With its second consecutive victory, Babson improves to 2-1-0 overall and 1-0-0 in league play, while Southern Maine slips to 0-3-0 overall and in NEHC action.

Juniors Christian Faggas (Norwood, Mass.), Patrick Flynn (Framingham, Mass.) and Nick Rosa (Birmingham, Mich.) each scored once for the Beavers. Sophomore Mike Egan (Billerica, Mass.) led all players with two assists, while junior Brendan Casey (Glastonbury, Conn.) and sophomore Matt Wiesner (Newport Beach, Calif.) chipped in with an assist apiece.

Sophomore goaltender Aidan Murphy (Walpole, Mass.) finished with 18 saves to earn his second win of the season for Babson.

Senior Cody Braga (Middleboro, Mass.) and junior Maverick Lynes (Sherwood Park, Alberta) both scored, while sophomore Tyler Gardiner (Watertown, Mass.) picked up an assist for the Huskies. Junior netminder Anthony D'Alosio (Frisco, Texas) turned away 26 shots in a losing effort.

Flynn gave the Green and White a 1-0 lead at 9:11 of the first period when he scored just 23 seconds into the game's first power play. McDougall doubled the Beavers' lead 5:32 into the second when he took a pass from Casey and blasted a shot from the left point past D'Alosio for his first goal of the year.

Braga cut the Huskies' deficit to 2-1 with his second goal of the season off a face-off at 13:27 of the second, and Lynes followed with his first tally of the year just 1:59 later to make it 2-2. The momentum as short-lived however, as Rosa took advantage of an odd-man rush to put Babson back in front 3-2 with 2:21 to go in the second.

Black gave the Beavers some breathing room when he converted a feed from Egan at 14:31 of the third, and Faggas redirected a blast by MCDougall in the closing seconds to give Babson its second power play score.

The Beavers outshot Southern Maine 30-20 and killed off all three Husky power plays.

Both teams return to action on Saturday at 4 p.m. as Babson travels to New England College, while Southern Maine hosts UMass Boston.

GAME NOTES
• The Beavers are 31-8-1 all-time against Southern Maine and have won 17 in a row in the series since 2013.
• Head coach Jamie Rice '90 recorded the 246th victory of his career on Friday night to match Steve Stirling for the most wins in Babson history.
• Egan (3-5-8) and Rosa (3-4-7) have combined to produce 15 points over the last three games against the Huskies.
• Rosa and Flynn both recorded a point for the third game in a row to begin the season.

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