#13/14 Men's Hockey Earns Wild Comeback Victory Over #12/14 Babson College
WELLESLEY, Mass.—Cam Harvey (Bow, N.H.) skated coast-to-coast and buried a shot over Jamie Murray's pads to complete a wild 7-5 comeback #13/14 UMass Boston (14-3-1, 7-3-1 ECAC East) win over host #12/14 Babson College (10-5-3, 6-4-1) at the Babson Skating Center.
Harvey started with the puck in his own end and skated by four Beaver defenders, before lifting a shot over Murray's pads from the right circle to give the Beacons their first lead of the game at 6-5 with 1:26 to play in regulation.
Six other Beacons scored in the win, as UMass Boston overcame four separate deficits (1-0, 2-1, 4-2 and 5-4) to earn their fifth-straight victory.
Mark Grinhaus (Scarsdale, N.Y.) added a hard-fought empty-net goal with 38 seconds to go to cap the victory, and give UMB their fourth win on the road this season in five tries.
Senior defenseman Steve Weston (Henniker, N.H.) added the final tally, as he tied the game at 5-5 with 4:19 to play, on a hard shot from the point that wound it's way through traffic and into the twine.
Freshman Zach Andrews (Coral Springs, Fla.) earned his 12th win of the season with 32 saves on 37 shots. The victory moved Andrews up to second all-time in single- season victories, behind only Tom Corliss' 13-win 1983-84 season.
The Beavers freshman netminder Jamie Murray wouldn't fare quite as well, as he gave up 6 goals on 36 shots.
Babson College controlled the scoreboard for all but the final five minutes, as they jumped out to a 1-0 lead behind a goal from Ryan Smith. The senior captain would go on to record a hat trick in the first 30 minutes for the Beavers.
Colucci tied it up at 1-1 less than 90 seconds later, when he took a pass from Daniel just outside the Beavers zone, and sent a low shot from the left circle that just went through Murray's pads.
The Beavers would grab the lead right back with the first of their two power-play goals coming off the stick of Nik Tasiopolous.
UMass Boston tied the score 52 seconds into the second period, when a big Daniel rebound bounced out to MacIntyre, who rocketed a shot just under the crossbar.
Smith scored two quick tallies to make it 4-2 Babson at the 13:19 mark, but the lead would once again prove short-lived.
With 12 seconds left to go on their first power-play opportunity of the night, Richter took another big rebound, this time off of a Florentino shot, and beat Murray who was still sliding over and out of position.
The fourth goal would follow a similar pattern, as Finger followed up a rebound off of a Mike Kuhn (Holbrook, Mass.) and beat Murray from the left circle. Finger's goal tied the game at 4-4 and set up a dramatic third period.
Babson would take one final lead at 5-4 less than eight minutes into the third period, when Matt O'Neill scored off of a Conner Berto pass.
With the clock ticking down on two points in conference play, UMass Boston found the equalizer, on a shot from Weston from the point. Colucci won the faceoff back to Daniel, and Daniel found Weston just inside the blue-line on the left side for a shot through traffic, that Murray never saw at the 4:19 mark.
Harvey then lifted the Beacons to their first and only lead of the night. The junior defenseman took a pass behind his own net from Daniel and proceeded to skate by one Beaver in his own zone, two more at center ice, and a fourth at the Babson blue line, before burying his third goal of the season.
Grinhaus put the icing on the cake, when he blocked a shot at his own blue line, fought back-and-forth with a Babson defender for control at center ice, and dove and tipped the puck into the empty net from the Babson blue line, to put UMB up 7-5 with 38 seconds to go.
The Beacons three-goal third ended a tremendous ECAC East showdown that was very evenly matched. Both teams finished with 37 shots and the face-offs totals were nearly as tight.
UMass Boston and Babson College will be right back at it Saturday afternoon, when the two teams tilt off at the Clark Athletic Center Ice Arena at 4 p.m.