CHARLESTOWN, Mass.—No. 14 USCHO.com/No. 15 D3hockey.com Babson College scored twice over the final 12 minutes and got a season-high 33 saves from senior goaltender Bryan Botcher (Mequon, Wis.) on its way to defeating Suffolk University, 2-1, in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men's ice hockey action on Friday night at Emmons Horrigan O'Neil Memorial Rink.
Babson, which has won four straight games, improves to 5-0-1 overall and 4-0-1 in conference play, while Suffolk slips to 2-4-0 overall and 0-3-0 in the NEHC.
First-years Matt Wiesner (Newport Beach, Calif.) and John Corrigan (Stoneham, Mass.) both scored for the Beavers. Sophomore Nick Rosa (Birmingham, Mich.) and first-year Zach Richterman (Canton, Ohio) each picked up an assist in the win. Botcher stopped 13 third-period shots to record his second victory of the year.
First-year Joe Feeney (Foxboro, Mass.) had a goal and classmate Sean Montgomery (Natick, Mass.) added an assist for the Rams, who got 24 saves from senior netminder Michael Levine (Clarendon Hill, Ill.).
Down 1-0 entering the third period, the Green and White pulled even when Wiesner cleaned up his own rebound for his fifth goal of the season at the 8:03 mark. The Beavers killed off a Suffolk power play following at hooking call at 12:24, and then took their first lead thanks to Corrigan's first career goal with 3:13 left in regulation.
The Rams pulled Levine with 1:19 to go and had a 6-on-4 advantage for the final 66 seconds following an elbowing call on Babson. Botcher stood tall though, making three saves over the final 20 seconds to preserve the win.
After a scoreless first period, Suffolk jumped ahead 1-0 when Feeney's jammed home a rebound for his first career goal just 1:46 into the second. Levine made three saves to kill off a penalty at 11:19 and the Rams held the Green and White without a shot on goal during a power play that spanned parts of both the second and third periods to maintain their one-goal margin.
The Beavers, who were outshot 34-26, finished 0-for-2 on the power play, while Suffolk was 0-for-3 on the night.
Both teams return to action on Saturday at 4 p.m. as Babson travels to Johnson & Wales, while the Rams host UMass Boston.
• The Beavers are now 3-0-0 all-time against Suffolk and Friday's meeting was the first between the programs since 2010.
• Babson is 2-0-0 on the road and has won four times this season when trailing entering the third period.
• Since the start of last year, the Beavers are 7-3-1 on the road against conference foes.
• Both Rosa and Wiesner have produced at least one point in five of six games this season.