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Botcher, Men's Ice Hockey Blank Skidmore, 1-0

Botcher, Men's Ice Hockey Blank Skidmore, 1-0

SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.—Junior Charlie Ackerman (Bradenton, Fla.) scored the game's only goal at 14:33 of the second period and sophomore Bryan Botcher (Mequon, Wis.) stopped 26 shots to earn his first career shutout as visiting Babson College blanked Skidmore College, 1-0, in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men's ice hockey action on Saturday afternoon.

Babson, which is unbeaten over its last three games, improves to 10-7-2 overall and 7-4-1 in conference play, while Skidmore slips to 7-10-2 overall and 6-5-1 in the NEHC.

Junior Rob Devaney (Reading, Mass.) and sophomore Tommy Munichiello (Weymouth, Mass.) both recorded assists for the Beavers, who have now held seven of their last eight opponents to two goals or less.

First-year Brandon Kasel (Ithaca, N.Y.) finished with 30 saves for the Thoroughbreds, who were shutout for the first time in 26 games going back to a 3-0 loss at Babson on January 23, 2016.

Both teams killed off one penalty in a scoreless first period and Babson killed off two more early in the second before taking advantage of its fourth power play to score the go-ahead goal. Kasel made two saves during 63 seconds of a Beavers' 5-on-3 advantage, but the visitors broke through when Ackerman took a feed from Devaney along the goal line and ripped a one-time past Kasel from the slot with 5:27 left in the stanza.

The goal held up for the Green and White, which allowed its fewest shots since a 1-0 loss at Curry back on December 8. Botcher denied a shorthanded breakaway attempt by Skidmore senior Anthony Bird (Central Square, N.Y.) midway through the third, and put only one shot on goal over the final seven minutes despite pulling Kasel for an extra skate with 2:30 left.

The Beavers, who finished with a 32-26 edge in shots, went 1-for-7 on the power play, while the Thoroughbreds finished 0-for-5.

Both teams return to action next Friday as Babson visits Daniel Webster in a 7:35 p.m. start, while Skidmore travels to Saint Michael's at 7 p.m.

•    The Beavers are now 27-6-1 all-time against Skidmore and have won 10 consecutive games against the Thoroughbreds.
•    Saturday's victory marked the first 1-0 shutout for Babson since a November 14, 2015, win over Castleton.  
•    Botcher, who lowered his goals against average to 1.82 on Saturday, is 2-0 with a .970 save percentage in his last two starts.
•    The Beavers are now 5-1-0 this season when scoring the first goal of the game.