BABSON PARK, Mass.—Juniors Rob Devaney (Reading, Mass.) and Ryan Gouveia (Dartmouth, Mass.) each scored twice and third-seeded Babson College erupted for five third-period goals on its way to defeating sixth-seeded UMass Boston, 7-3, in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) Tournament quarterfinal on Saturday night at the Babson Skating Center.
Babson (15-8-3), which debuted at No. 5 in Wednesday's NCAA regional rankings, advances to the conference tournament semifinals for the 13th time in the last 15 years. UMass Boston, which reached the Division III Final Four last season, sees its season come to a close at 12-11-3.
Senior Bill Seligman (Toronto, Ontario), junior Charlie Ackerman (Bradenton, Fla.) and sophomore Tommy Munichiello (Weymouth, Mass.) all had a goal, while senior Michael Phillips (Richmond Heights, Ohio) and sophomore Matt Brazel (Hingham, Mass.) both recorded two assists apiece for the Beavers. Junior Matt McMorrow (Pearl River, N.Y.) also produced and assist and sophomore goaltender Matt Pompa (Palm City, Fla.) turned away 27 shots in his postseason debut.
Junior Colin Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) and sophomores Gabe Chuckran (Media, Pa.) and Mike Thomson (Reading, Mass.) each finished with a goal for the Beacons, who got 22 saves from first-year Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) before he was lifted with 10:02 to play in the third period.
Ackerman gave the Green and White a 1-0 lead with just 1.2 seconds left in the first period as his shot from below the goal line deflected off a UMass Boston defender and past MacBurnie. UMass Boston pulled even on Larkin's blast from the right face-off circle at 8:14 of the second period, and then took its only lead of the game 44 seconds later when Chuckran threw a puck on net from the neutral zone that slipped past Pompa.
Gouveia answered just over two minutes later with a blast from the slot off a pass from Brazel to make it 2-2 at 11:07 of the second. Pompa made a pair of saves late in the second period to keep the game deadlocked and the Beavers responded with five third-period tallies to break things open.
Seligman scored off a rebound just 1:29 into the stanza to give Babson the lead, Devaney notched the first of his two goals to make it 4-2 at the 7:43 mark, and Gouveia struck for a shorthanded marker to extend the margin to three at 9:58. Thomson pulled one back for UMass Boston, scoring on the power play at 12:27, but Munichiello and Devaney answered back with tallies just 2:19 apart for the final margin.
The Beavers will now travel to second-seeded New England College for a semifinal matchup next Saturday at 7 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 45-17-6 all-time against UMass Boston and 8-3 against the Beacons in the conference playoffs, which includes victories in four of the last five seasons.
• Babson is 9-2-0 this season when scoring first and 10-1-1 when scoring three or more goals.
• With two assists on Saturday, Brazel has now produced one goal and seven assists for eight points in four career NEHC Tournament games.
• Phillips and Searles both appeared in their 11th postseason game on Saturday night for the Beavers.
• Babson, which is 10-1-1 at home this season, has won seven consecutive conference tournament contests at the Babson Skating Center.