Mass. College Hockey: No. 8 Babson Skates Past No. 10 UMass Boston, 4-2

By NoontimeSports.com

Courtesy of the Babson College Athletics communication office, here’s this evening’s release from the Beavers’ 4-2 win over UMass Boston:

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore Bill Seligman (Toronto, Ontario) had two goals and one assist, and junior goaltender Jamie Murray (Scituate, Mass.) stopped 39 shots as No. 7 USCHO.com/No. 8 D3hockey.com Babson College defeated No. 10 USCHO.com/No. 10 D3hockey.com UMass-Boston, 4-2, in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East men’s ice hockey action on Friday night at the Babson Skating Center.

With its second consecutive victory, Babson is now 14-2-2 overall and 9-1-1 in conference play. UMass-Boston, which saw its four-game winning streak come to an end, drops to 14-3-1 overall and 9-2-0 in the ECAC East.

Junior Max Franklin (Wrentham, Mass.) and sophomore Michael Phillips (Richmond Heights, Ohio) both scored for the Beavers, who struck for three goals in the span of 4:54 early in the second period to build a four-goal lead. Senior Joe DiPietro (Pembroke, Mass.), junior Mike Vollmin (Wilmington, N.C.), and sophomore Dan Casey (Chatham, N.J.) all had one assist apiece in the win.

Senior Stephen Buco (North Providence, R.I.) and first-year Mike Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) each scored once for the Beacons. Senior Mike Kuhn (Holbrook, Mass.) and junior Matt Lemire (Townsend, Mass.) both chipped in with an assist.

UMass-Boston held a 15-11 edge in shots over the opening 20 minutes, but the Green and White went into the first intermission with a 1-0 lead on the strength of Seligman’s power play tally at the 9:41 mark. DiPietro ripped a slapshot from the point after a cross-ice feed from Vollmin, and Seligman redirected the puck past Beacons’ junior goaltender Zach Andrews (Carol Springs, Fla.) from the top of the crease for his ninth goal of the year.

Murray made eight of his 15 first-period saves over the first 6:19 of the stanza, and stopped three shots after Babson took an interference penalty at the 12:56 mark.

The Beavers took command of the game with a three-goal explosion early in the second period. Phillips converted a feed from Casey 2:39 after intermission when he beat Andrews from between the face-off circles for his ninth goal of the year, and fourth on the power play, to make it 2-0. Murray made four consecutive saves to keep UMass-Boston off the board, and Seligman made it a three-goal margin at the 5:41 mark with his team-leding 10th goal of the year. Franklin then extended the lead to 4-0 with his eighth goal of the year, beating Beacons’ junior goaltender Billy Faust (Alta Loma, Calif.), who came on in relief of Andrews, up high at 7:33.

Larkin got UMass-Boston on the board with his sixth tally of the year just 27 seconds later to cut its deficit to 4-1, but Murray stopped the final seven shots he faced in the period, and the Beavers’ defense blocked four others to take a three-goal lead into the intermission.

The Beacons made it a two-goal game when Lemire won a face-off back to Buco, who ripped a slapshot past Murray for his 12th goal of the year at 5:53 of the third period. The Green and White took then took a pair of penalties, but its defense stood tall protecting the lead, allowing just two shots on goal and blocking another to kill both penalties. Murray finished with 11 third-period saves for Babson, including a sprawling save with his shoulder on UMass-Boston junior Peter MacIntyre’s (Norfolk, Mass.) effort from the slot with 3:49 remaining.

Andrews stopped 11 shots and allowed three goals over the first 25:41 for the Beacons, while Faust made 19 saves over the final 33:33.

The Beavers, who were outshot 39-34 on the night, went 2-for-4 on the power play and killed off all four of the Beacons’ extra-man opportunities.

Babson and UMass-Boston will wrap up their home-and-home series on Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Beacons Ice Arena.

GAME NOTES: Babson is now 41-13-6 all-time against UMass-Boston and has won five straight in the series going back to 2013…the Beavers are 12-0-1 when scoring first this season…Babson, which is now 10-0-1 at home this season, is unbeaten in its last 20 conference home games going back to the 2013 season…the Beavers are 13-1-1 on the year when allowing two goals or less…with a goal in the victory, Franklin (3-2-5) has at least one point in four of the last five games…Seligman’s three points matched his career high set back on January 9 in a 7-1 win over Saint Michael’s…Phillips (4-4-8) has contributed at least one point in four of the last five games and has scored on the power play in back-to-back contests…Vollmin, the nation’s top-scoring defenseman, has six assists over the last five games.

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