BABSON PARK, Mass.—Behind a career-high 41 saves from Matt Pompa, Babson College earned a key New England Hockey conference win over #6/9 UMass Boston men's hockey in a battle for first-place on Friday night at the Babson Skating Center.
Babson College 4, #6/9 UMass Boston 3
(UMass Boston 9-2-1, NEHC 5-2-0)
(Babson 6-3-1, NEHC 5-1-1)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Bobby Hall and Christian Faggas each had three points apiece to lead the Beavers to a key win in the first game of the rivals' home-and-home series.
Hall had two goals and an assist in the win, while Faggas recorded a pair of assists in the first two periods, before tacking on the game-winning goal in the third.
Pompa was the story in the win, as he stopped 41 of 44 shots to improve to 5-3-1 on the season. The junior stopped 12 or more shots in each of the three periods, including 16 of 17 in the first period.
In net, Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) suffered his first loss of the year, after allowing four goals on 25 shots.
UMass Boston jumped out to a great start, as MacGregor gave the visitors the lead just 2:06 into the first period. MacGregor collected the rebound from Tyler Sifferlen's (North Andover, Mass.) shot and poked it past Pompa for a 1-0 lead.
Babson evened the score less than five minutes later, when Nick Rosa scored off a Connor Dahlman rebound at 6:19.
The Beavers took the lead for good at 11:35. Matt Brazel and Faggas passed the puck around, before setting up Hall for a one-timer.
Hall would double the advantage at 4:01 of the second, with Faggas earning his second assist of the day.
UMass Boston took some of the momentum back with a minute left in the period thanks to a Redler power-play goal. Freshman Nick Albano (Beverly, Mass.) found Colin Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) in the circle and Larkin fed Redler for his team-leading fifth power-play goal of the season.
Redler nearly tied the game before the second intermission, but Pompa made a diving save on a point-blank shot with under five seconds to go in the second.
Faggas gave the Beavers some breathing room early in the third, when he scored off a Hall pass to make it 4-2 at 5:27.
The Beacons had numerous chances to cut in the deficit but couldn't beat Pompa. UMass Boston had two power plays back-to-back in the middle of the period, and then Redler and Sifferlen both came in on breakaways, but both were stopped by the Babson netminder.
UMass Boston finally cut into the deficit with three seconds remaining. Off a scramble in front, Wickline slowly tipped the puck over the line with 3.8 seconds to go.
The Beacons won the ensuing face-off forward, but Babson was able to clear the puck and end the game.
BY THE NUMBERS
- UMass Boston outshot the Beavers 44-25 and held a slim 37-35 edge in face-offs.
- The Beavers earned their third-consecutive win over UMass Boston on Friday. The streak comes after UMass Boston had won a program record three-straight including last year's Frozen Fenway contest.
- Larkin extended his career point streak to 10-straight games against Babson. He has recorded a point in every career game against the Beavers and has posted 15 total points (8 G, 7 A).
- With the loss, UMass Boston falls into a tie for third place in the NEHC. The Beacons sit one point behind first-place Babson and Norwich University.
#6/9 UMass Boston will look to avenge Friday's loss on Saturday, when the stage moves to the Edward T. Barry Ice Rink at 4 p.m.