No. 14/13 Men's Ice Hockey Rallies Past Southern Maine, 4-2

No. 14/13 Men's Ice Hockey Rallies Past Southern Maine, 4-2

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore Tommy Munichiello (Weymouth, Mass.) had two goals and junior Rob Devaney (Reading, Mass.) had a pair of assists as No. 14 13 Babson College scored four times in the third period to defeat the University of Southern Maine, 4-2, in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men's ice hockey action on Friday night at the Babson Skating Center.

With its fourth straight win, Babson is now 4-1-1 overall and 3-0-0 in conference play, while Southern Maine falls to 2-3-0 overall and 1-2-0 in the NEHC.

Seniors Dan Casey (Chatham, N.J.) and Michael Phillips (Richmond Heights, Ohio) each scored once, while juniors Charlie Ackerman (Bradenton, Fla.) and Josh Casper (Lake Forest, Ill.) both contributed an assist for the Beavers, who trailed 2-0 entering the third period.

Junior Brett Norman (Dawson Creek, British Columbia) finished with a goal and an assist for the Huskies. First-year Johnny Kyte (Carp, Ontario) contributed a goal and classmate AJ Johnson (Newton, Mass.) chipped in with an assist.

Southern Maine killed off four and a half minutes of penalties, which included over a minute of a Babson 5-on-3, early in the first and then grabbed a 1-0 lead on Norman's team-leading third goal of the year at the 16:45 mark. The Huskies added to their lead when Kyte scored his first career goal just 13 seconds into the second period.

The Beavers were stymied on four second-period power play chances before finally breaking through early in the third. Huskies junior goaltender Kyle Shapiro (Ocean, N.J.) made back-to-back saves on Ackerman and Devaney before Phillips stuffed home the rebound to make it 2-1 at the 5:05 mark.

Casey tied the game at 13:50 of the third when he redirected Casper's wrister off the crossbar, and Munichiello struck 25 seconds later, beating Shapiro off the rebound of a Devaney shot to give Babson a 3-2 advantage. The Green and White, which outshot Southern Maine 18-4 over the final 20 minutes added an insurance goal when Munichiello scored on the power play with 50 seconds left.

Sophomore Matt Pompa (Palm City, Fla.) finished with 20 saves to earn his second win of the season, while Shapiro turned away 36 shots in a losing effort.

The Beavers held a 40-20 edge in shots and finished 2-for-8 on the power play.

Both teams return to action on Saturday at 4 p.m. as Babson hosts Daniel Webster, while the Huskies visit fourth-ranked UMass Boston.

•    The Beavers are 24-8-1 all-time against Southern Maine and have won 10 straight against the Huskies going back to 2013.
•    Babson is now 11-0-1 over its last 12 games at the Babson Skating Center going back to last season.
•    The Beavers have scored nine power play goals over their last four contests, seven of which have come in conference play.
•    Southern Maine, which had been shut out in six consecutive games by Babson, broke a 401 minute scoreless drought against the Beavers with its goal late in the first period.