Beavers Extend Winning Streak to Six, Unbeaten Streak to Seven With Third Period Rally
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Dan Casey (Chatham, N.J.) scored twice and junior Charlie Ackerman (Bradenton, Fla.) scored the go-ahead goal at 18:42 of the third period as No. 10 USCHO.com/No. 11 D3hockey.com Babson College edged visiting UMass Dartmouth, 5-4, in non-conference men's ice hockey action on Tuesday night at the Babson Skating Center.
With its sixth consecutive victory, Babson is now 6-1-1 on the year, while UMass Dartmouth falls to 3-4-0.
Ackerman, senior Tim Searles (Chesapeake, Va.) and sophomore Tommy Munichiello (Weymouth, Mass.) all had a goal and an assist for the Beavers. Casey, who finished the night with three points, and juniors Ryan Gouveia (Dartmouth, Mass.), Paul Wagner (Walpole, Mass.), Rob Devaney (Reading, Mass.) and Matt McMorrow (Pearl River, N.Y.) all contributed one assist apiece. Sophomore Bryan Botcher (Mequon, Wis.) made 21 saves to improve to 4-0-1 on the year.
Junior Casey Shea (Woburn, Mass.) had a goal and an assist, while senior Matt Baldino (Woburn, Mass.), junior Brandon Berkley (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and first-year Jeff Kirkwood (Ithaca, N.Y.) all scored once for the Corsairs. Junior goaltender Drew Michals (Newton, Mass.) turned away 39 shots in the loss.
The Green and White jumped on top 1-0 when Casey took a feed from McMorrow and ripped a shot past Michals from the left point for a power play goal at 12:48 of the first period. UMass Dartmouth struck back just 45 seconds later though, as Baldino notched his team-leading sixth tally of the year to tie the game.
The Corsairs took their first lead of the night just 1:34 into the second period with a shorthanded goal as Berkley beat Botcher over his left shoulder on a breakaway. The Beavers tied it on Munichiello's blast from the slot at the 8:16 mark, and then went back in front 3-2 on Casey's second goal of the night at 11:30 of the second period. UMass Dartmouth responded just over two minutes later with a power play goal of its own as Kirkwood ripped a shot past Botcher for the first goal of his career at 13:48 of the stanza.
Shea put the Corsairs in front 9:33 into the third period when he broke in on Botcher following a turnover in the neutral zone and tucked his shot inside the left post for a 4-3 edge. This time Babson answered back as Searles stuffed home the rebound of a slap shot by Ackerman to make it 4-4 with 7:32 remaining in the contest.
Both netminders came up with a pair of saves over the next six minutes before the Green and White went in front to stay on Ackerman's first goal of the year off a drop pass from Devaney on the power play with 1:14 to go in the game.
The Beavers finished with a 44-25 edge in shots and went 2-for-6 on the power play. The Corsairs scored on one of their two power play opportunities.
Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson wraps up a seven-game home stand against Williams at 4 p.m., while UMass Dartmouth takes on Suffolk at 1:30 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 10-6-3 all-time against UMass Dartmouth and have won the last five meetings between the teams.
• Babson has won eight straight games at home and is 13-0-1 at the Babson Skating Center going back to last January.
• The Beavers are 4-0-1 this season when trailing or tied entering the third period.
• Babson is unbeaten (29-0-1) over its last 30 games when scoring four or more goals.