Mass. College Hockey: No. 3/5 Babson Ties St. Michael’s, Earns Share of ECAC East Regular-Season Title

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 concluded its regular season slate with a 1-1 overtime tie to St. Michael’s, along with a share of the ECAC East Regular-Crown:

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt.—Junior Andrew Bonazza (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia) gave visiting Babson College the lead midway through the second period, but Saint Michael’s junior Jeremy Wong (Montreal, Quebec) scored with 2:34 left in the third period as the teams skated to a 1-1 overtime tie in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East men’s ice hockey action on Saturday afternoon.

With the tie, Babson (No. 3 D3hockey.com/No. 5 USCHO.com) claimed a share of the conference regular-season title, and is now 19-4-2 overall and 13-3-2 in the ECAC East. Saint Michael’s closes its regular season at 6-16-3 and 3-12-3 in league play.

Sophomore Max Franklin (Wrentham, Mass.) and first-year Michael Phillips (Richmond Heights, Ohio) each notched an assist for the Beavers. Sophomore goaltender Jamie Murray (Scituate, Mass.) turned away 17 shots.

Sophomore Nick Potter (Stoneham, Mass.) recorded an assist for the Purple Knights, who got 40 saves from junior goaltender Dave Donzanti (West Chester, Pa.) for the second consecutive night.

Babson held a 15-8 edge in shots on goal over the first 20 minutes but were unable to break through before Bonazza’s power play goal at 10:21 of the second. Phillips fed Bonazza with a cross-ice pass and he ripped a shot past Donzanti for his fourth power play tally of the season.

First-year Dan Casey (Chatham, N.J.) had a chance to extend the lead for the Beavers but was robbed by Donzanti, who made a tremendous save on his bid from just below the left face-off circle later in the period.

Murray, who made 14 of his saves over the first two periods, denied Purple Knights’ junior William Cote’s (Quebec City, Quebec) breakaway chance at 4:55 of the third period, and Babson killed off a tripping penalty at 13:33 of the final period to remain in front. Saint Michael’s finally broke through late though, as Wong’s 12th goal of the season, off a dump pass from Potter, forced overtime.

The Purple Knights blocked four shots during the extra stanza that saw neither team register a shot on goal.

Babson, which earned the second seed in the upcoming ECAC East Tournament, returns to action next Saturday night when it hosts seventh-seeded University of Southern Maine in a quarterfinal at 7 p.m.

GAME NOTES: The Beavers 19 regular-season victories are the most since 1987-88…Babson is now 9-3-2 on the year in games decided by one goal or less…The Beavers are 8-0-1 this winter when leading after the second period and 15-2-1 when allowing two goals or less.

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