Southern Maine Men Fall to #14/15 Babson 6-2

Freshman F Michael Green (file photo by Jason Johns).
Freshman F Michael Green (file photo by Jason Johns).

Southern Maine Falls to #14/15 Babson 6-2

            GORHAM, Maine -- The nationally-ranked Babson College Beavers scored six consecutive goals to skate past the University of Southern Maine Huskies 6-2 Friday evening in New England Hockey Conference men's action at the USM Ice Arena.

            The win extended the Beavers' winning streak to four games, and improved their record to 12-3-1 overall and 7-1-1 in league play.  The Huskies dropped their second game this week to slip to 2-11-2 overall and 2-7-1 in NEHC games.

            Rookie Mike Egan (Billerica, Mass.) combined with sophomore Nick Rosa (Birmingham, Mich.) and classmate Ryan Black (Pomfret, Conn.) for three goals and five assists to lead the Babson offense.  Egan had two goals, including the game winner, while Rosa added a goal and two assists and Black had three helpers.

            Southern Maine took a 1-0 lead at 5:20 of the opening period as senior Tyler Mathieu (Stillwater Lake, N.S.) jammed the puck past Babson senior goalie Bryan Botcher (Mequon, Wis.) for his sixth goal of the season.

            Babson went on the power play 21 seconds after the USM goal and needed less than a minute to tie the game.  Rosa converted from Black for his 11th marker of the season.  Later in the period, the Beavers needed just 28 seconds on power play to take the lead for good as Egan lit the lamp for his sixth of the season.

            The Beavers kept up the pressure in the second period outscoring the Huskies 4-0 to take a commanding 6-1 lead.  Egan and rookies Max Torrez (Framingham, Mass.) and Zach Richterman (Canton, Ohio) scored within a span of 4:43 before the period was seven minutes old to give the visitors a 5-1 lead.  Freshman Matt Wiesner (Newport Beach, Calif.) scored the final Babson goal with 3:12 left in the second.

            USM tallied the lone goal of the final period as rookie Michael Green (Baie d'Urfã, Que.) netted his third goal of the season at 6:27.  Green also had an assist on Mathieu's goal for a two-point night.

            Botcher earned his seven win of the season stopping 18 of 19 shots over the first two periods.  Freshman Aidan Murphy (Walpole, Mass.) came on to play the final period and stopped 14 shots.  USM junior Paul Léger (Blainville, Que.) made 22 saves.

            The Babson special teams played a major role in the decision as the Beavers converted on 3 of 4 power plays while killing off seven Husky man advantages.

            Southern Maine is back in action Saturday afternoon (4 p.m.) hosting nationally-ranked and NEHC leader University of Massachusetts Boston (12-4-0, 8-1-0).  Babson will travel to New England College (10-3-2, 5-3-2) on Saturday (4 p.m.).  Both games at NEHC contests.