Mass. College Hockey: No. 6 Babson Skates Past St. Michael’s, 8-3

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Babson College sports information department, here’s this evening’s release about the men’s ice hockey team, which is ranked No. 6 in the latest D3Hockey.com poll, that defeated St. Michael’s, 8-3:

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior Mike Driscoll (Milton, Mass.) scored a pair of goals and sophomore Max Franklin (Wrentham, Mass.) notched a career-high three assists as sixth-ranked Babson College powered past Saint Michael’s College, 8-3, in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East men’s ice hockey action on Friday night at the Babson Skating Center.

With the win, Babson is now 12-3-0 overall and 6-2-0 in the league, while Saint Michael’s drops to 1-10-1 overall and 0-7-1 in conference play.

First-year Tim Searles (Chesapeake, Va.) recorded a goal and two assists for the Beavers, while seniors Shayne Anderson (Dorchester, Mass.) and Matt O’Neill (Norwell, Mass.), as well junior Andrew Bonazza (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia), each chipped in with a goal and an assist for the Beavers. Senior Nik Tasiopoulos (Norwell, Mass.) scored once and first-year Michael Phillips (Richmond Heights, Ohio) added two assists in the win.

Junior AJ Pieprzak (Barrie, Ontario) led the Purple Knights with a goal and an assist, while classmate Wiliam Cote (Quebec City, Quebec) notched a pair of assists.

O’Neill got Babson on the board just 8:39 into the first period with his second goal of the season, converting a feed from Franklin for a 1-0 lead. Saint Michael’s pulled even late in the period, though, taking advantage of its first power play opportunity as Pieprzak scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season on a blast from the slot at 19:12.

The Beavers wasted little time regaining the lead as first-year Bill Seligman (Toronto, Ontario) scored his first collegiate goal just 2:47 into the second period. Driscoll gave the Green and White a two-goal lead with his fourth of the season on the power play at 10:51, and Bonazza converted a Phillips assist at 15:05 of the second period to make it 4-1.

Driscoll notched his second goal of the night just 56 seconds into the third period off an assist from senior Troy Starrett (Bellingham, Mass.), but the Purple Knights countered with a pair of goals just 1:51 apart to cut the 5-1 deficit in half. Junior Jeremy Wong (Montreal, Quebec) netted his fifth goal of the season at 5:02, and sophomore Kevin Altidor (Montreal, Quebec) followed with his fifth of the season to make it 5-3 at the 6:53 mark.

The Green and White finished strong, though, scoring three times in the final 5:09 of the final period to seal the win. Tasiopoulos scored his team-high seventh goal of the season at 14:51, Searles notched the first of his career at 15:57, and Anderson tallied on the power play in the closing seconds to cap the scoring.

Murray finished the night with 29 saves, 14 of which came in the second period, while junior Dave Donzanti (West Chester, Pa.) stopped 38 shots for Saint Michael’s.

The Beavers held a 46-32 edge in shots on goal, and converted two of its three chances on the power play.

Babson is now off until next Friday when it opens a weekend series on the road with a 7 p.m. faceoff at New England College. The Purple Knights wrap up their weekend on the road with a 3 p.m. start tomorrow afternoon at UMass-Boston.

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