Mass. College Hockey: Late Goal Lifts UMass Boston Over Babson, 4-3

By NoontimeSports.com 

An overtime goal by freshman Colin Larkin – his first collegiate goal – lifted No. 10 UMass Boston over No. 8 Babson College 4-3, on Saturday afternoon in ECAC East conference action.

Courtesy of the UMass Boston Athletics Sports Information Department, here’s this afternoon’s release:

BOSTON, Mass.—Freshman Colin Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) scored his first collegiate game-winning goal 1:47 into overtime to lift #10 UMass Boston Men’s Hockey (15-3-1, 10-2-0) past #7/8 Babson College 4-3 Saturday afternoon at the Beacons Ice Arena.

Larkin scored the game-tying goal 7:05 into the third period and slipped a rebound past Babson All-American goalie Jamie Murray less than two minutes into overtime, to help the Beacons’ snap a six-game winless streak (0-5-1) against the Beavers.  The freshman forward finished the weekend with three goals and now has eight goals and 10 assists.

Senior forward Stephen Buco (North Providence, R.I.) finished with a goal and an assist and sophomore defenseman Brett Mason (Rowley, Mass.) recorded his second goal of the year, to help the Beacons jump Babson and move into second-place in the ECAC East Conference.

Junior goalie Billy Faust (Alta Loma, Calif.) went toe-to-toe with Murray all weekend long, as the junior stopped a season-high 41 shots in the victory. For the weekend, Faust went 1-0 by making 60 saves on 64 shots to improve to 6-0-1 on the season.

Bill Seligman led the Beavers with a goal and assist to cap off a 4-point weekend for the sophomore (three goals and one assist). Jimmy Magrath and Michael Phillips also scored for the Beavers who dropped their third contest in seven games, after starting the season 11-0-1.

Murray took the loss after allowing four or more goals for just the second time this season. The junior netminder stopped 34 of 48 shots to fall to 14-3-2 on the year.

Babson outshot the Beacons 44-38, after earning a 23-6 shot advantage in the first stanza.

A night after controlling the play in two of the three periods before ultimately falling short, UMass Boston overcame a sluggish first period to knock off the Beacons for the first time since 2013.

The Beavers jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 1:06 into the contest when Seligman slipped a shot through Faust’s five-hole. Jared Wiedemann forced a turnover at the Beacons’ blue line and dumped a shot off the boards behind Faust, only to have the puck slip out past Faust, to an on-rushing Seligman who scored his team-leading 11th goal of the season.

After giving up the early goal, UMass Boston upped the intensity, as the Beacons started increasing the physicality with each shift.

Faust kept the game at 1-0 just under five minutes in, when he robbed Billy Hall from just outside the crease. The junior weathered the storm in the first period, as he made 22 of his 41 stops in the opening 20 minutes.

UMass Boston evened the game at 1-1 at 1:34 of the second period. Sixteen seconds after Peter MacIntyre (Norfolk, Mass.) forced a Babson penalty, Buco ripped a shot from the blue line through traffic that found the twine. Sophomore defenseman Tyler Bishop (Ramsey, N.J.) picked up the first of his two assists on the play.

Mason gave the Beacons their first lead of the weekend at 4:07, when the sophomore’s hard shot from the point deflected off a defender and past Murray for a 2-1 advantage. Buco and Bishop were credited with assists.

The Beacons would carry their momentum throughout most of the period, before Babson equalized with just 3:04 to play in the second. Tim Searles and Jimmy Magrath came in on a 2-on-1 and Magrath sent a slap shot past Faust off of a perfect stretch pass from Searles. Jake Donahue also picked up an assist on the goal.

UMass Boston added to the Babson momentum when they were whistled for a pair of minor penalties bookending the intermission. The second of the two penalties led to a 5-on-3 Babson power-play for just 11 seconds. Phillips made sure the Beacons would pay for their mistakes, as he rifled home a shot just under the bar with two seconds to go on the 5-on-3 and 19 minutes remaining in regulation.

Babson handed the Beacons a power-play chance of their own at 4:53 of the period. UMass Boston nearly capitalized mid-way through the man-advantage, but Bishop’s shot caromed off the post. The Beacons finally came through 12 seconds after the power-play ended, off some tremendous play in front of the net.

Senior Dan Cornell (Abington, Mass.) sent a shot towards net that Larkin tipped on goal and it fell off the back of Murray and just shy of the goal line. Three Beacons swarmed around the puck before Larkin snuck the puck inside the near post. Junior Mike Miller (Wrentham, Mass.) recorded his first of two assists on the play.

Faust continued to stand on his head, as the junior rushed out of net and made a huge save to deny a wide-open Tim Searles’s with 6:55 to play.

Senior captain Mike Kuhn (Holbrook, Mass.) came within inches of giving the Beacons a late lead with a minute to play, but his shot dinged off the inside of the post, to the dismay of a rowdy Beacons Ice Arena.

For the period, UMass Boston outshot Babson 17-9.

The Beacons would carry the momentum of their late chances in the third into the extra session, as the Beacons’ top line of MacIntyre, Buco and Miller created three great chances on the second shift of the extra session.

After pinning the Beavers in their own end for over 30 seconds, Miller sent a hard shot from down low that Larkin tipped into Murray. With Murray struggling to find the puck, Larkin was able to tuck it past the goalie into the far side of the netting. Junior Jeremy Finger (Orlando, Fla.) also registered an assist on the play.

The Beacons will look to carry their momentum into next weekend, when the Beacons travel to Skidmore College Friday at 7 p.m. and Castleton State College Saturday at 4 p.m.

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.

Mass. College Hockey: Rice, Babson Ready For NCAA Quarterfinals

By Matt Noonan 

BABSON PARK, Mass. – Sunday will be a special day for Babson College’s men’s ice hockey team, which will host its first NCAA quarterfinal matchup since 1992.

The Beavers will welcome Oswego State to the Babson Skating Center for a 3 p.m. face-off, with the winner advancing to next weekend’s semifinals.

“We’re thrilled to be in the tournament,” said Babson head coach Jamie Rice, who guided the Beavers to a 22-4-2 overall record this season, as well as their second straight ECAC East crown.

“To be one of the teams still standing is really – the best description is really proud.”

Babson has advanced to the NCAA tournament prior to this season, but hasn’t claimed some hardware since winning the inaugural Division 3 Championship in 1984 against Union College. Since that particular contest, the Beavers have come up short in either the semifinals, quarterfinals or first-round.

The Beavers appeared in the quarterfinals last season, but fell short to ECAC East rival Norwich University, 4-0. Babson could see the Cadets next weekend, but they’d have to win Sunday’s meeting against the Lakers followed by a semifinal contest against the winner of St. Thomas (Minn.) vs. Wisconsin Stevens-Point.

“We kind of have tunnel focus for this week,” said Rice when asked about the possibility of advancing to the semifinals.

Focusing on Sunday’s opponent will be the main objective for Rice’s squad this week. They’ll spend the next few days preparing for a team they haven’t seen this season, but did face in the 1990-91 NCAA tournament first-round. Babson won both contests before falling to UW-Stevens Point in the quarterfinals.

Rice does recall playing against Oswego State when he competed with the Beavers as a student-athlete, so he certainly knows the Lakers will be a tough challenge.

“(Oswego) has been very good, along with Plattsburgh State and the other SUNYAC (teams),” said Rice. “I probably have a little more familiarity with these programs, but they’re all in the national tournament, so they’re all really good.”

The Lakers earned a trip to Babson Park following a 4-3 first-round victory this afternoon against Bowdoin College. Prior to their meeting with the Polar Bears, Oswego State won five straight contests, including three tournament games against Fredonia, Geneseo and Plattsburgh State. The Lakers won each tournament contest by one goal.

Matt Galati leads the Lakers with 34 points. He’s recorded 23 goals and 11 assists this season, while Alex Botten has recorded 33 points (10 goals and 23 assists). Bobby Gertsakis leads the squad with 25 assists.

Matt Zawadzki, who picked up his 14th win between the pipes this afternoon, has logged a little over 1,000 minutes in net and has turned away 455 of 496 shots. He’s played in 21 games this season and has posted three shutouts.

Babson’s Mike Driscoll leads the Green and White in points (25). He and Nik Tasiopoulos each recorded a team-best 12 goals, while Michael Phillips finished with 16 assists, which is a team-high.

Jamie Murray, who was named the conference’s goaltender and player of the year, turned away 735 of 774 shots. He appeared in 27 games and owns a 21-4-2 record.

“We’ve played three really hard games leading into this tournament, but a hard season, too,” said Rice.

With a few months of competitive hockey in the books, along with some great memories on and off the ice, Rice is excited for his team to compete on Sunday afternoon. He certainly doesn’t want this season to conclude because he wants to return to the team’s home ice the following day for practice, an event he looks forward to each day.

“(Our team) is a family,” said Rice. “I love coming to the rink. My family and Babson hockey is the only two things that live in my world, but at the end of the day, I have joked and said, ‘I just want to have another week of practice’ because I enjoy being around these guys so much and they (provide me) with so much happiness and so much joy and it’s a thrill to do this with these kids.”

Monday’s practice time hasn’t been announced, but Rice will certainly let his team know when to report. In the meantime, practice will be held tomorrow and Saturday followed by a quarterfinal matchup in Babson’s backyard.

“Again, we’re thrilled to be in the tournament and to have the opportunity to keep playing and have a shot at what every team’s goal is from the start of their season,” said Rice. “It’s exciting to be sitting here and knowing that come (late Sunday afternoon) we’ll have the chance to be one of four teams left.”

Mass. College Hockey: Babson’s Rice Named Coach Of The Year, Murray ECAC East Player & Goaltender Of The Year

By NoontimeSports.com 

Courtesy of the Babson College sports information department, here’s this afternoon’s release about the Beavers’ men’s ice hockey team. Head coach Jamie Rice was selected as the league’s (ECAC East) Coach of the Year, while sophomore Jamie Murray was tabbed both the conference’s Player of the Year and Goaltender of the Year. Below is the entire release:

CENTERVILLE, Mass.—After wrapping up the regular season with 19 victories and a share of the conference title, the Babson College men’s ice hockey team had six members of the program honored when the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East announced its postseason award winners on Thursday afternoon. Head coach Jamie Rice was selected as the league’s coach of the year, while sophomore Jamie Murray (Scituate, Mass.) was selected as both the ECAC East Player of the Year and Goaltender of the Year.

Additionally, Senior Ryan Heavey (Andover, Mass.) and junior Mike Driscoll (Milton, Mass.) both earned first-team All-ECAC East accolades. Sophomore Mike Vollmin (Wilmington, N.C.) garnered honorable mention all-conference accolades, while first-year Michael Phillips (Richmond Heights, Ohio) was named to the league’s all-rookie team.

Rice, who was also selected as the ECAC East Coach of the Year following the 2005-06 season, has led the Green and White to a 19-4-2 record this season and its most regular-season wins since 1987-88, when he was a sophomore forward for the Beavers. Rice has now won 17 or more games six times during his 10-year tenure at Babson, where he has an overall record of 156-95-24.

Murray is the first player in program history to be selected as the ECAC East Player of the Year, and first goaltender since the 1997-98 season to win the award. After garnering a spot on the All-Rookie team last season, Murray has been sensational this winter, posting a 1.49 goals against average and a .948 save percentage while going 18-4-2 in 24 starts. He currently leads the nation in victories, save percentage and minutes played, and his goals against average is fourth nationally.

Murray, who set a new single-season record with four shutouts this winter, is just the third net minder in program history to be named as the conference’s top goaltender. Craig Weiner ’06 won the award in 2005 and current assistant coach Zeke Testa ’13 was tabbed as the ECAC East Goalie of the Year last season.

A two-time second-team all-league honoree, Heavey was a first-team selection after helping to anchor the conference’s top defensive unit. He has started all 25 games this winter, scoring one goal and adding eight assists, while holding opponents to just 1.58 goals per game to rank third nationally in scoring defense.

Driscoll, who earned an ECAC East All-Rookie Team nod in 2012, has been a major force offensively for the Beavers. The team’s leading scorer with 11 goals and 12 assists for 23 points, Driscoll notched nine goals and 16 points against conference foes, and has three power play tallies and two game-winning scores on the year.

Vollmin was selected to the all-conference honorable mention squad for the first time after scoring three goals to go along with eight assists for 11 points this winter. The Green and White’s highest-scoring defenseman, Vollmin appeared in all 25 games notching a pair of power play goals and one game-winning tally.

Phillips had a terrific first season for the Beavers, scoring six goals and recording a team-high 15 assists to finish second on the team with 21 points. He played in all 25 games and scored four times on the power play and was second on the squad with three game-winning goals.

Second-seeded Babson, which is ranked eighth nationally in both the USCHO.com and D3hockey.com polls, hosts seventh-seeded University of Southern Maine in a ECAC East Tournament quarterfinal on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Babson Skating Center.

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.