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No. 10/11 Men’s Ice Hockey Has Win Streak Halted in 4-1 Loss at Amherst

No. 10/11 Men’s Ice Hockey Has Win Streak Halted in 4-1 Loss at Amherst

AMHERST, Mass.—Amherst College scored three times in the first 10 minutes of the second period on its way to defeating No. 10 USCHO.com/No. 11 D3hockey.com Babson College, 4-1, in non-conference men's ice hockey action on Sunday at Orr Rink.

Babson, which saw its seven-game winning streak and eight-game unbeaten streaks come to an end, is now 7-2-1 on the year, while Amherst improves to 3-0-1.

Sophomore Matt Brazel (Hingham, Mass.) scored his first goal of the season for the Beavers, while junior Jake Donahue (Groveland, Mass.) and first-year Josh Beck (Scituate, Mass.) both contributed an assist. Sophomore Matt Pompa (Palm City, Fla.) started and made 13 saves before being replaced by classmate Bryan Botcher (Mequon, Wis.), who turned away all 15 shots he faced over the final two periods.

Junior Thomas Lindstrom (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) and Will Vosejpka (Midland, Mich.), sophomore Phil Johansson (Saint-Zotique, Quebec) and senior Austin Ho (Chino Hills, Calif.) all scored for Amherst, which got 25 saves from netminder junior Connor Girard (Bloomington, Minn.).

Following a scoreless first period, Amherst got on the board just 56 seconds after the intermission on Johansson's first goal of the season. Lindstrom made it 2-0 with a power play tally following a roughing penalty at 2:26 of the second period, and Ho struck for a shorthanded goal to make it 3-0 at the 9:40 mark.

The Green and White got on the board just 2:27 into the third period when Brazel put the rebound of a shot by Beck past the sprawling Girard to cut the deficit to 3-1. Amherst took back-to-back penalties just 38 seconds apart and the Beavers pulled Botcher at the 6:35 mark to give themselves a 6-on-3 advantage, but Girard made a huge save on junior Charlie Ackerman (Bradenton, Fla.) to keep the margin at two.

Babson came up empty on its third power play of the period following a tripping call on Amherst at 8:44, and the hosts tacked on an insurance goal when Vosejpka scored an empty netter with 2:36 left to put the game away.

Amherst held a 32-26 edge in shots and went 1-for-4 on the power play while holding the Beavers scoreless on eight power play opportunities.

Both teams return to the ice on Friday at 7 p.m. as Babson travels to Saint Michael's, while Amherst visits Wesleyan.

GAME NOTES
•    The Beavers are 24-14-3 all-time against Amherst with the teams having split the last four matchups.
•    Sunday's loss was the first this season for Babson when allowing the first goal as well as its first when trailing after the second period.
•    The Beavers were held without a power play goal for just the second time in the last nine games on Sunday.
•    Senior Michael Phillips (Richmond Heights, Ohio) had his streak of 94 straight games played snapped on Sunday when he missed the first contest of his career.

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