BABSON PARK, Mass.—After a completely even first 40 minutes, #3 Babson College struck for five third-period goals, to earn a 7-3 win over sixth-seeded UMass Boston men's hockey in the New England Hockey Conference Quarterfinals.
Babson College 7, UMass Boston 3
(UMass Boston 12-11-3)
(Babson College 15-8-3)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Babson broke the 2-2 tie 1:29 into the third and then tacked on two more goals in the opening 10 minutes of the period to put the game away.
Freshman Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) was charged with five goals allowed on 27 shots, before being pulled with 10:02 to play. Jordan Bustard (Flanders, N.J.) came on in relief and stopped two of the three shots he faced.
Rob Devaney and Ryan Gouveia both scored twice in the victory for the Beavers, with Devaney picking up the game-winning goal. Charlie Ackerman, Bill Seligman and Tommy Munichiello also found the back of the net for the Beavers who improved to 10-1-1 at the Babson Skating Center.
Sophomore Matt Pompa picked up his first career win against the Beacons, after stopping 27 of the 30 shots he faced.
Saturday's game was characterized by bounces over the first 40 minutes of the contest.
After an extremely tight opening 19:59, the Beavers struck with just 0.3 seconds left in the first. Ackerman, who was standing behind the goal line by the far boards, flung a centering feed off the back of the skate of a Beacons' defenseman and in for a shocking opening salvo.
UMass Boston answered back with two goals in a 44-second span of the second. On the first goal, the puck took an odd carom off the boards and fell directly into the path of Larkin. The junior raced in from the far circle and beat Pompa high for his 20th goal of the season and eighth career tally against Babson.
Chuckran scored the second-most surprising goal of the night at 8:58. The sophomore carried the puck out from his own zone to the red line where he appeared to send a harmless dump into the Babson zone. The puck took two short hops and then a high hop over Pompa's pads and in to give UMass Boston a 2-1 lead.
Gouveia responded back at 11:07 off the first of several costly Beacons' turnovers in their own end. Matt Brazel stole the puck below the goal line and fed it to Gouveia who walked in on MacBurnie, before roofing a back-hand shot for a 2-2 tie.
Babson scored the all-important, go-ahead goal just 1:29 into the third. MacBurnie stopped the initial shot off the rush from Matt McMorrow, but the rebound sat just below the circle and Seligman beat a Beacon to the puck, before unleashing a wrister for a 3-2 lead.
Devaney pushed the lead to 4-2 at 7:43 and then the Beavers scored short-handed at 9:58 of the period. Just 11 seconds into the Beacons power play, Devaney took the puck into the zone and scored for a 5-2 lead.
UMass Boston cut the deficit to 5-3 on a controversial power-play goal at 12:27. Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) fed the puck across the crease to Thomson who pushed the puck past Pompa. The referees initially waived the goal off due to a possible kicking motion, but eventually changed it to a goal after a long discussion.
The goal would go for naught though, as Munichiello scored at 16:15 and Devaney potted an empty-net tally at 18:34.
BY THE NUMBERS
- Saturday's game marks the final game of the careers of UMass Boston's four seniors: Albee Daley (Averill Park, N.Y.), Tyler Bishop (Ramsey, N.J.), Brett Mason (Rowley, Mass.) and Zach Lindsay (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.). The Class of 2017 finishes their career 74-26-11, which ranks second all-time in program history in wins.
- Bishop played in his program-record tying 107th game on Saturday. He tied former teammate Frankie DeAugustine ('16) who set the record last year. Bishop ends his career as the program's all-time leading point scorer for a defenseman with 88 points.
- The two teams finished even in shots (30-30). UMass Boston held a 39-37 edge in face-offs.
- UMass Boston went 1-for-3 on the power play and held Babson to an 0-for-1 showing.
- With the win, Babson College improves to 8-3 all-time against the Beacons in postseason play. Saturday's contest marked the fifth-straight year the two teams had met in the postseason.
UMass Boston will await any possible postseason awards on the regional and national level over the next month. The Beacons will bring back 27 players for the 2017-18 season.