MVP Wiesner, Holland Score Two Goals Apiece as Beavers Extend Unbeaten Streak to Eight Games
MIDDLEBURY, Vt.—Sophomore Matt Wiesner (Newport Beach, Calif.) and first-year Andrew Holland (Winchester, Mass.) scored two goals apiece and 11 different players recorded at least one point as Babson College defeated Saint Michael's College, 6-2, in the championship game of the Middlebury Holiday Classic on Saturday inside Chip Kenyon '85 Arena.
With the win, Babson (9-3-1) has now won four straight games and is unbeaten over its last eight contests, while Saint Michael's slips to 7-4-1 on the season.
Sophomores Ryan Black (Pomfret, Conn.) and Zach Richterman (Canton, Ohio) each scored once, while junior Patrick Flynn (Framingham, Mass.) and sophomore Cam Schmitt (Andover, Mass.) both contributed two assists apiece. Seniors Connor Dahlman (Stamford, Conn.) and Ryan McDougall (Milton, Mass.), junior Christian Faggas (Norwood, Mass.), sophomore Mike Egan (Billerica, Mass.) and first-year Chris Rooney (Milton, Mass.) all picked up one assist in the win.
Sophomore netminder Aidan Murphy (Walpole, Mass.) stopped 23 of 25 shots to improve to 6-0-1 on the year for Babson.
Junior Paul McAuliffe (Newton, Mass.) and first-year Jeremy Routh (Hamden, Conn.) both scored for the Purple Knights, who got 27 saves from senior goaltender Tim Decker (Liverpool, N.Y.).
Wiesner scored his first goal of the game at 18:01 of the first to give the Green and White a 1-0 lead. Flynn held the puck in along the left boards and Dahlman's shot from the right point was redirected by Wiesner in the slot and trickled in off the pads of Decker for his fifth tally of the season.
Routh beat Murphy with a wrist shot through traffic from the left face-off dot on the power play 4:17 into the second to tie it, but Wiesner answered less than two minutes later to put the Beavers back in front for good. Flynn collected his second assist by intercepting a clearing pass along the right boards before finding Wiesner all along in front for the finish.
Holland was credited with the first of his two goals when he tipped Schmitt's wrister past Decker on the power play at 14:34 of the second to give Babson a 3-1 edge. Saint Michael's pulled within 3-2 when McAuliffe buried a centering feed on the power play just 1:37 into the third period, but Holland tipped home another shot from the point by Schmitt on the power play at the 6:36 mark as the Beavers regained a 4-2 lead.
Richterman buried a wrist shot from the right circle at 11:34 of the third and Black finished off a 2-on-1 pass from Egan with just under three minutes to play for the final margin.
Babson returns to conference play next Friday when it travels to eighth-ranked Hobart at 7 p.m., while Saint Michael's takes on Post on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 23-3-1 all-time against Saint Michael's.
• Wiesner was selected as the Middlebury Holiday Classic Most Valuable Player and was joined on the all-tournament team by Schmitt and junior goaltender Brad Arvanitis (Holliston, Mass.).
• Babson, which went 2-for-5 on Saturday, has at least one power play goal in each of its last six outings.
• The Beavers, who defeated Middlebury and Manhattanville at the 2012-13 tournament, have captured the title in each of their last two trips to the Middlebury Holiday Classic.