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No. 13/11 Men’s Ice Hockey Uses Second-Period Surge to Get Past Tufts, 4-1

No. 13/11 Men’s Ice Hockey Uses Second-Period Surge to Get Past Tufts, 4-1

BABSON PARK, Mass.—No. 13 USCHO.com/No. 11 D3hockey.com Babson College got goals from four different players and scored three times in the second period on its way to defeating visiting Tufts University, 4-1, in non-conference men's ice hockey action on Tuesday night at the Babson Skating Center.

Babson, which has won six consecutive games, improves to 7-0-1 on the year, while Tufts slips to 0-3-0.

Senior Tommy Munichiello (Weymouth, Mass.), juniors Ryan McDougall (Milton, Mass.) and Connor Dahlman (Stamford, Conn.), and first-year Matt Wiesner (Newport Beach, Calif.) each had a goal, while sophomore Patrick Flynn (Framingham, Mass.) and first-year Cole Sanderson (Basking Ridge, N.J.) contributed two assists apiece for the Beavers. Sophomore Nick Rosa (Birmingham, Mich.) and first-years John Corrigan (Stoneham, Mass.) and Mike Egan (Billerica, Mass.) all chipped in with one assist, and senior netminder Bryan Botcher (Mequon, Wis.) stopped 25-of-26 shots to earn his third victory over the season.

First-year Justin Brandt (Ann Arbor, Mich.) scored his first career goal for the Jumbos, who got assists from senior Clay Berger (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and junior Machlan Sawden (Old Lyme, Conn.). Sophomore goaltender Drew Hotte (Ambler, Pa.) finished with 27 saves in a losing effort.

Following a scoreless first period, Tufts got on the board on Brandt's wrist shot from the left face-off dot just 44 seconds into the second. The Green and White pulled even 49 seconds later on Wiesner's seventh goal of the year and then went in front for good on McDougall's power play tally at the 9:27 mark.

The Beavers came up empty on a 63-second 5-on-3 power play in the first period, but needed just 14 seconds of their second two-man advantage thanks to McDougall's blast from the right face-off circle. Dahlman extended the margin to 3-1 at 17:32 with a slap shot from the right point for his first goal of the season.

Botcher reached back to his left make a glove save on Tufts first-year Nick Schultze (San Diego, Calif.) less than a minute into the third period, and later made a sliding pad save on sophomore Peter Hatton (Double Oak, Texas) with a little more than 12 minutes to go to maintain Babson's two-goal margin. Munichiello capped the scoring with his empty netter from just over the center line with 2:12 to play.

The Beavers finished with a 33-26 edge in shots and scored twice on the power play while killing off all six of the Jumbos' man-advantage opportunities.

Babson returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Williams at 3 p.m., while Tufts travels to Saint Anselm on Friday at 4 p.m.

GAME NOTES
• The Beavers are now 15-2-0 all-time against Tufts.
• Babson has killed off 21 consecutive penalties since allowing a power play goal to Castleton in the second period of its win back on November 9.
• Rosa extended his points streak to six games with his second-period assist, while Munichiello and Wiesner have now produced at least in a point in four straight outings.
• With their win on Tuesday, the Beavers improve to 25-0-2 at home in the month of November going back to 2012.

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