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Men's Ice Hockey Rallies Past UMass Boston, 4-2

Men's Ice Hockey Rallies Past UMass Boston, 4-2

BOSTON—Junior Charlie Ackerman (Bradenton, Fla.) scored twice, sophomore Bryan Botcher (Mequon, Wis.) made a career-high 40 saves and Babson College used four unanswered goals to rally past UMass Boston, 4-2, in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men's ice hockey action on Saturday afternoon.

With the win, Babson is now 9-7-1 overall and 6-4-0 in conference play, while UMass Boston dips to 9-6-2 overall and 4-5-1 in the NEHC.

Senior Dan Casey (Chatham, N.J.) and sophomore Tommy Munichiello (Weymouth, Mass.) each scored once for the Beavers. Seniors Tim Searles (Chesapeake, Va.) and Michael Phillips (Richmond Heights, Ohio), juniors Josh Casper (Lake Forest, Ill.) and Rob Devaney (Reading, Mass.), and sophomore Matt Brazel (Hingham, Mass.) all finished with one assist apiece.

Seniors Zach Lindsay (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) and Brett Mason (Rowley, Mass.) both scored for the Beacons, who got 34 saves from Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.).

Trailing 2-0 entering the second period, the Green and White exploded for three goals in the span of 3:43 to take the lead for good. Casey got the Beavers on the board at the 4:37 mark when he converted a feed from Devaney on a 2-on-1, and Ackerman scored the first of his two goals just eight seconds later with a shot from the top of the right face-off circle to tie the game at 2-2.

The Beacons were whistled for a cross-checking penalty at 7:52 of the second and Babson made them pay as Munichiello took a centering pass from Searles and ripped a blast from the slot over the left shoulder of MacBurnie just 28 seconds into the power play for a 3-2 advantage.

Botcher, who made 17 saves over each of the first two periods, made four of his six third-period stops on a UMass Boston power play just over three minutes into the stanza. The Green and White was unable to add it to its lead during a 5-on-3 advantage with less than five minutes to play, but Ackerman scored an empty net goal on the power play with 31 seconds remaining to seal the win.

The Beavers were outshot 42-38, but scored twice on the power play. The Beacons, who entered the game ranked second in Division III on the power play, finished 0-for-5 on the man advantage.

Both teams return to action on Friday at 7 p.m. as Babson visits Castleton, while UMass Boston travels to Skidmore.

GAME NOTES
•    The Beavers are now 44-17-6 all-time against UMass Boston and have won eight of the last 11 games between the teams.
•    Saturday's win snapped Babson's five-game road losing streak.
•    The Beavers are now 3-2-1 this season when trailing after the first period and have won five times this winter when allowing the first goal.
•    Babson is 7-0-1 this season and 25-1-2 going back to the start of last year when scoring three or more goals.

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