Babson Shuts Out #7/8 Men's Hockey, To Set Up Winner-Take-All Finish

Babson Shuts Out #7/8 Men's Hockey, To Set Up Winner-Take-All Finish

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Babson College scored once in each period and got 39 saves from senior goaltender Bryan Botcher to earn a key New England Hockey Conference win over #7/8 UMass Boston men's hockey Friday night at the Babson Skating Center. 

THE BASICS

#16/16 Babson College 2, #7/8 UMass Boston 0

(UMass Boston 17-6-1, NEHC 13-3-1) 

(Babson College 16-5-3, NEHC 11-3-3) 

HOW IT HAPPENED

With the loss, UMass Boston needs either a win or a tie on Saturday at home against the Beavers to clinch their NEHC Regular Season Title. The Beacons are sitting on 27 points going into their regular-season finale, while Babson and #7/8 Norwich both have 25 points apiece.

Sophomore Patrick Flynn and freshmen Mike Egan and Ryan Black each had a goal for the Beavers. Egan, senior Tommy Munichiello, junior Ryan McDougall and sophomore Nick Rosa all recorded one assist in the victory. 

Junior netminder Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) turned away 21 shots for the Beacons, who were blanked for just the second time this season.

The Beacons dominated the shot totals in the first and third periods and had a huge overall advantage in shots all night long, but couldn't find a way to break the Beavers defense.

Egan gave the Beavers a 1-0 lead just 3:06 into the contest when he gained control of a loose puck just inside the blue line and rifled a shot past MacBurnie from the right face-off circle for his 12th goal of the season. UMass Boston killed off a cross-checking minor midway through the first thanks to a pair of terrific saves by MacBurnie, but the Beavers doubled their advantage on a power play tally by Flynn 6:53 into the second period.

Flynn took a centering feed from Munichiello, eluded a defender, and ripped a low shot inside the left post for his eighth goal of the year. Babson had an opportunity extend the lead further less than three minutes from the second intermission, but MacBurnie stopped back-to-back shots by sophomore Christian Faggas to keep the margin at two.

The Beacons outshot the hosts 13-5 over the final 20 minutes but were unable to solve Botcher, who made a sprawling stop on freshman Ethan Nitkin (Miami Beach, Fla.) and followed it up with a pad save on the rebound less than two minutes into the third. The Green and White put the game away with 1:46 to go, when Black scored an empty netter from center ice after blocking a shot and taking a breakout pass from Egan.

BY THE NUMBERS

  • UMass Boston outshot the Beavers 39-24, including a 15-7 margin in the first and 13-5 in the third. 
  • Babson finished 1-4 on the power-play, while UMass Boston went 0-1. 
  • The win marked Babson's first shutout of the season and just the second time the Beacons had been shutout. 
  • With the win, Babson improves to 42-17-6 against the Beacons and improves to 6-5 over the last 11 meetings. 
  • Botcher, a senior goaltender, improved to 2-0 in two career starts against the Beacons. 
  • Junior Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) paced the Beacons with six shots in the loss. He saw his five-game points streak against the Beavers snapped in the contest. 

WHO'S NEXT 

#7/8 UMass Boston will host #16/16 Babson College on Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m. The Beacons will honor their 10 seniors prior to the contest. 

Parts of this release courtesy of Babson Sports Information Department