Beavers Record Third Straight OT Win Against Thoroughbreds, Remain Unbeaten in NEHC
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Babson College erased three different one-goal deficits and first-year Matt Wiesner (Newport Beach, Calif.) scored 2:26 into overtime to help the Beavers defeat visiting Skidmore College, 4-3, in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men's ice hockey action on Friday night inside the Babson Skating Center.
With the win, Babson snapped a two-game skid to improve to 8-2-1 overall and 6-0-1 in league play. Skidmore, which has dropped two straight games, dips to 4-4-1 overall and 2-2-1 in the NEHC.
Wiesner also added an assist, while sophomores Christian Faggas (Norwood, Mass.), Patrick Flynn (Framingham, Mass.) and Nick Rosa (Birmingham, Mich.) all scored a goal for the Beavers. Seniors Matt Brazel (Hingham, Mass.) and Tommy Munichiello (Weymouth, Mass.), junior Connor Dahlman (Stamford, Conn.) and first-years Ryan Black (Pomfret, Conn.) and John Corrigan (Stoneham, Mass.) all registered an assist in the win.
Senior goaltender Bryan Botcher (Mequon, Wis.) finished with 19 saves to earn his fourth win of the year for Babson.
Sophomore Matt Muzyka (Cheshire, Conn.) finished with a goal and an assist, while junior Tim Allen (Smithfield, R.I.) and first-year Avery Steele (Colchester, Vt.) both scored for the Thoroughbreds. Junior goaltender Brandon Kasel (Ithaca, N.Y.) turned away 35 shots in defeat.
Trailing 3-2 late in the third period, the Green and White pulled even when Faggas put away the rebound of Corrigan's shot off the Pipe at the 14:02 mark. Skidmore was able to kill off a delay of game penalty late in regulation, but Black intercepted an errant in the neutral zone and drove the net before spinning to find Wiesner with a centering feed for the game winner midway through the extra session.
Both teams killed off a pair of first-period penalties, which included Kasel making four saves after Skidmore was whistled for cross-checking at the 16:16 mark. The Thoroughbreds jumped in front 1-0 just 2:37 into the second when Steele tucked home the rebound of a shot by Morgan from the left point for his first career goal.
Flynn responded to tie the game for the Green and White at the 7:10 mark when ripped a shot past Kasel and under the crossbar for his second tally of the year. Skidmore went back in front less than six minutes later though, as Muzyka regained control of the puck and slid a pass across the slot for Steele, who slipped a shot inside the post to make it 2-1.
Rosa notched his eighth goal of the season 40 seconds into the third period to pull Babson even, only to see Muzyka shovel a backhand shot past Botcher following two terrific saves by Kasel to put the Thoroughbreds back in front 3-2 with 12:23 to go in regulation.
The Beavers, who went 0-for-3 on the power play, outshot the visitors 39-22 on the night.
Both teams return to action on Saturday at 4 p.m. as Babson hosts No. 12/12 Hobart, while Skidmore travels to No. 9/9 UMass Boston.
• The Beavers are now 32-6-1 all-time against Skidmore and have won 15 straight in the series, including each of the last three in overtime.
• At 6-0-1 in league play, Babson is off to its best start in conference play since 2015-16.
• In nine career games against Skidmore, Munichiello has produced three goals and six assists for nine points.
• The Beavers are now 4-1-1 on the year when trailing after the second period. From 2015-16 through 2017-18, Babson won a total of just four games when facing a deficit after 40 minutes.