Mass. College Hockey: Friday Night Roundup (Scores/Highlights)

By NoontimeSports.com 

Despite the cold temperatures and snowy conditions, Friday was a busy afternoon and evening in the Division III college hockey world. Below is a roundup of the local contests, including scores from around New England.

Men’s Ice Hockey Results:

No. 1 Norwich 6, No. 11 Babson 1 – Entering the third period with a one-goal lead, the Cadets ballooned their advantage with four tallies to secure a season-sweep of the Beavers. Tim Searles netted the Beavers’ lone goal at 7:52 in the second period. Jamie Murray – Babson’s netminder – turned away 29 of 34 shots.

No. 6 UMass Boston 6, St. Michael’s 5 (OT): Mike Miller potted the game-winning goal at 3:42 in overtime to lift the Beacons to their 20th win of the season – 15th in ECAC East play. Matt Lemire netted a pair of goals, while Dan Cornell, Tyler Bishop and Stephen Buco recorded two assists, respectively.

Middlebury 2, Williams 0: Evan Neugold and Ronald Fishman each lit the lamp for the Panthers as Middlebury skated past Williams in Vermont. The Ephs recorded 22 shots, including 10 during the final stanza, and goalie Sean Dougherty deflected 34 of 36 shots.

Men’s Ice Hockey Local Scores/New England Scores:

No. 5 Trinity (Conn.) 5, Bowdoin 4

No. 12 Amherst 4, Conn. College 0

Tufts 3, Hamilton 3 (OT)

Wesleyan 2, Colby 1 (OT)

Saint Anselm 2, Southern Maine 1

Castleton State 4, Skidmore 1

New England Coll. 1, University of New England 0

Women’s Ice Hockey Roundup:

No. 3 Middlebury 2, Williams 1: Maddie Winslow’s power play goal at 9:12 in the second period proved to be the difference as the Panthers defeated the Ephs in Williamstown. Eliza Noyes netted Williams’ lone goal at 7:31 in the second period.

Holy Cross 5, UMass Boston 0: Francesca Panarelli recorded one goal and two assists, Erin Hall registered one goal and one assist as the Crusaders defeated the Beacons in Boston.

Women’s Ice Hockey Local Scores/New England Scores:

Castleton State 3, University of New England 2

Bowdoin 1, Hamilton 1 (OT)

Colby 2, Wesleyan 1 (OT)

Salve Regina 4, Nichols 0

Saint Anselm 3, St. Michael’s 0

Manhattanville 1, New England College 0

* Franklin Pierce 5, Plymouth State 1

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.

Mass. College Sports: News & Links From Across The Web

By Matt Noonan 

As the college sports season slowly winds down, there still remains some news to share, so below are a few links from across the web.

* Tufts University’s women’s lacrosse team will have a new coach next season as the athletic department announced on Wednesday the hiring of Courtney Farrell, who was the Associate Head Coach at SUNY Cortland. For more on the new coach — HOP HERE

* Williams College’s men’s and women’s tennis teams capped their seasons with a national championship. The men’s team claimed their first NCAA Division III crown since 2002, while the women’s team earned their sixth straight title.

* Stonehill College’s Dana Borges (Taunton, MA) and St. Michael’s Chris Moskal (Springfield, MA) are two of three male student-athletes that were selected as finalists for this year’s Northeast-10 Conference Man of the Year Award.

* MassLive.com has a piece on Westfield State baseball coach Ray Arra, who is “calling it quits after 50 years of coaching baseball.”