MILTON, Mass.—Sophomore Michael Phillips (Richmond Heights, Ohio) and first-year Charlie Ackerman (Bradenton, Fla.) each had a goal and an assist as visiting Babson College (No. 8 USCHO.com/No. 11 D3hockey.com) defeated Curry College, 4-1, in the season opener for both teams on Saturday at Max Ulin Rink.
Senior Andrew Bonazza (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia) and junior Max Franklin (Wrentham, Mass.) each scored once for the Beavers, while senior Joe DiPietro (Pembroke, Mass.) contributed a career-high two assists. First-year Joe DePietto (Westbury, N.Y.) also added an assist in his collegiate debut.
Babson outshot the Colonels 13-9 in the first period and took the lead just 4:45 into the stanza. Bonazza took a pass from Phillips and one-timed the puck over the shoulder of Colonels' senior goaltender Derek Mohney (Amherst, N.Y.) to make it 1-0. Beavers' junior netminder Jamie Murray (Scituate, Mass.) stopped nine shots over the opening 20 minutes to take a one-goal lead into the first intermission.
Curry got on the board early in the second period, as first-year Adam Valadao (Ajax, Ontario) converted a feed from senior Jordan Reed (Ajax, Ontario) at the 4:07 mark to tie the game at 1-1. The Green and White was unable to take advantage of a power play midway through the period but went ahead for good as Franklin took a pass from Ackerman and beat Mohney with 1:33 left in the middle period.
Murray made four of his 10 third-period stops to help kill off a four-minute Colonels' power play at the 6:27 mark, and Babson took advantage by scoring a pair of insurance goals. Phillips notched his first of the season, collecting a loose puck in front of the net at the 10:53 mark, and Ackerman added an empty net goal, the first of his career, to finish off the win with 32 seconds remaining in the game.
Murray stopped 26 of 27 shots on the night for the Beavers, while Mohney finished with 29 saves for Curry.
The Green and White held a 33-27 edge in shots on goal and won 36-of-66 faceoffs. The teams combined to go 0-for-9 on the power play.
Babson returns to action on Friday when it travels to Saint Anselm College for its ECAC East opener at 7 p.m., while Curry hosts UMass-Boston on Sunday at 4:40 p.m.
GAME NOTES: Babson is now 8-3-0 all-time against Curry and has defeated them in the season opener in back-to-back seasons...the Beavers are now 10-3-1 in their last 14 games away from home going back to last season...Babson has now won nine straight games in the month of November...the Beavers have also won nine consecutive games when leading after the first period going back to 2013-14.
Note: Portions of this release courtesy of Curry College.