BOSTON—Seniors Rob Devaney (Reading, Mass.), Ryan Gouveia (Dartmouth, Mass.) and Matt McMorrow (Pearl River, N.Y.) finished with three points apiece, but visiting Babson College was unable to rally from an early deficit and fell 7-5 to No. 6 USCHO.com/No. 9 D3hockey.com UMass Boston in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) action on Saturday afternoon at Edward T. Barry Ice Rink.
Babson, which won the series opener on Friday night, slips to 6-4-1 overall and 5-2-1 in league play, while UMass Boston improves to 10-2-0 overall and 6-2-0 in the NEHC.
Devaney, Gouveia and McMorrow all produced a goal and two assists for the Beavers. Fellow senior Charlie Ackerman (Bradenton, Fla.) and first-year Nick Rosa (Birmingham, Mich.) both scored once, while senior Joe DePietto (Westbury, N.Y.) and sophomores Connor Dahlman (Stamford, Conn.) and Ryan McDougall (Milton, Mass.) each chipped in with an assist in the loss.
Sophomore Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) had two goals and one assist as six different players produced a goal for the Beacons. Junior John Bonno (Kennesaw, Ga.) recorded a team-high two assists in the victory.
Trailing 1-0 just past the midway point of the first period, Gouveia tucked home the rebound of a wraparound attempt by McMorrow for his fourth goal of the year at the 11:43 mark. Redler put UMass Boston back in front less than four minutes later when he tipped a blast by Bonno past Babson junior goaltender Matt Pompa (Palm City, Fla.), and senior Colin Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) followed with his 11th goal of the year 21 seconds before intermission to make it 3-1.
Beacons' first-year Zack Bross (St. Louis, Mo.) made it a three-goal game with his tally 24 seconds into the second period, but the Beavers responded with goals by Devaney and Ackerman just 50 seconds apart to cut their deficit to 4-3 just 4:05 into the stanza. Juniors Garrett Gallagher (Aston, Pa.) and Gabe Chuckran (Media, Pa.) pushed the UMass Boston lead back to 6-3 at the 10:05 mark, but McMorrow's power play goal at 16:31 got Babson back within 6-4 going to the third period.
The Green and White got off seven shots, including a blast that hit the pipe by junior Matt Brazel (Hingham, Mass.), but came up empty on a power play midway through the third. The Beavers successfully killed off a high sticking penalty at the 11:21 mark, and then pulled within one on Rosa's third goal of the season at 14:23.
Pompa came out for an extra skater with 2:20 remaining, but Redler put the game away with an empty net goal with 61 seconds to go.
Pompa turned away 24 shots while his counterpart, Beacons' sophomore Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.), made 25 saves.
UMass Boston finished with a 31-30 edge in shots and was 1-for-5 on the power play. The Green and White scored twice on seven extra-man opportunities.
Babson is off until December 30 when it hosts Lake Forest at 4 p.m., while the Beacons travel to UMass Dartmouth next Saturday at 7 p.m.
• The Beavers are 46-18-6 all-time against UMass Boston although the teams have split their last eight meetings.
• The 12 combined goals between the teams on Saturday are tied for the most since a 10-6 Babson victory back on December 11, 2002.
• With a three-point game on Saturday, Devaney has now produced three goals and seven assists for 10 points against the Beacons over the last eight contests.
• Saturday's loss snapped the Beavers' 38 game unbeaten streak when scoring four or more goals.