Flynn Scores Twice, Botcher Makes Season-High 38 Saves in Homecoming for Beavers
MILWAUKEE, Wis.—Sophomore Patrick Flynn (Framingham, Mass.) scored twice and senior Bryan Botcher (Mequon, Wis.) stopped a season-high 38 shots to lift visiting Babson College to a 4-3 win over the Milwaukee School of Engineering in non-conference men's ice hockey action on Saturday afternoon inside the Kern Center.
Babson, which was playing for the first time since December 1, improves to 9-3-1 overall, while MSOE slips to 4-7-2 on the year.
Senior Tommy Munichiello (Weymouth, Mass.) had a goal and two assists for three points, while classmate Matt Brazel (Hingham, Mass.) also scored for the Beavers. Sophomore Cooper Norton (Williston, Vt.) and first-years John Corrigan (Stoneham, Mass.), Cam Schmitt (Andover, Mass.) and Matt Wiesner (Newport Beach, Calif.) each recorded an assist in the victory.
Junior Evan Kearns (Farmington Hills, Mich.) scored twice, first-year Jack Nickels (Carol Stream, Ill.) added a goal, and sophomore Garrett Gintoli (Shelton, Conn.) chipped in with three assists for the Engineers. Fellow sophomore Rock Boynton (Lomita, Calif.) made 23 saves in defeat.
Brazel gave the Green and White a 1-0 lead just 2:09 into the contest when he controlled a pass from Schmitt at the point and flipped a backhand shot past Boynton. Kearns put away his first goal on an odd-man rush to tie it up 44 seconds later and then gave MSOE a 2-1 lead with just over four minutes to go in the opening period.
The Beavers took a pair of penalties in the second period but killed off both and followed each with a goal to go back in front for good. Munichiello stole the puck at the blue line and tied the game just 15 seconds after the first MSOE power play at the 12:44 mark. Flynn notched the first of his two goals less than three minutes later when he buried Corrigan's pass from the point at the left post to make it 3-2 with 4:32 to go in the stanza.
The Engineers outshot Babson 16-9 in the third period, but Flynn gave the Green and White a two-goal advantage with a one-timer from the right face-off circle after Munichiello won a battle for the puck along the boards with 7:53 to play. Nickels cut the hosts' deficit to one less than two minutes later, but Botcher made five of his 15 third-period saves over the final five minutes to secure the win.
The Beavers were outshot 41-27 but killed off all five of the Engineers' power play opportunities in the game.
Babson returns to action on Sunday when it travels to Chicago to take on Lake Forest at 5 p.m. ET.
• The Beavers are now 1-1-0 all-time against MSOE. The only other meeting between the programs came back in 2005.
• Babson, which started a seven-game road trip on Saturday, improved to 4-0-0 away from home this season with the win.
• Brazel has scored in back-to-back contests and extended his points streak to four consecutive games on Saturday.
• The Beavers are now 7-0-0 this season and improve to 47-1-1 over their last 49 games when scoring at least four goals.