Southern Maine Falls to Babson in Home Opener 5-2

D Maverick Lynes (file photo by Jason Johns).
D Maverick Lynes (file photo by Jason Johns).

Huskies Host UMass Boston on Saturday (4 p.m.)

            GORHAM, Maine -- Sophomore Ryan Black (Pomfret, Conn.) and senior Ryan McDougall (Milton, Mass.) each had a goal and an assist as the visiting Babson College Beavers spoiled the University of Southern Maine Huskies home opener pulling away for a 5-2 victory Friday evening in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men's game at the USM Ice Arena.

            The win was the second straight for the Beavers who improved to 2-1-0 overall and 1-0-0 in NEHC play.  The Huskies dropped their third straight to slide to 0-3-0 overall and in league play.

            Trailing 2-0, the Huskies scored twice in a span of 1:59 of the second period to tie the game.  Senior Cody Braga (Middleboro, Mass.) scored an unassisted goal at 13:27 when his shot was partially blocked and eluded Babson sophomore goalie Aidan Murphy (Walpole, Mass.).  Junior Maverick Lynes (Sherwood Park, Alberta) tallied his first career goal at 15:26 after an assist from sophomore Tyler Gardiner (Watertown, Mass.).

            The tie last just over two minutes.  Junior Nick Rosa (Birmingham, Mich.) finished off a nice play from line mates Mike Egan (Billerica, Mass.) and Black to break the tie at 17:39.

            Black's goal at 14:31 of the third period, set up by Egan, gave the visitors a two-goal advantage.  Junior Christian Faggas (Norwood, Mass.) added a power-play marker with five seconds remaining, tipping home a shot from McDougall.

            Babson tallied the only goal of the first period while on the power play.  Junior Patrick Flynn(Framingham, Mass.) scored from near the left post.  The Beavers held a 10-6 advantage in shots on goal during the frame.

            McDougall scored at 5:32 of the second period with a blast from the blue line after a set-up from junior Brendan Casey (Glastonbury, Conn.).

            Murphy provided the Beavers with steady goaltending stopping 18 shots to earn his second win in as many decisions.  USM junior Anthony D'Aloisio (Frisco, Texas) stopped 25 shots at the other end.

            Babson finished the night with a 30-20 edge in shots on goal and was successful on 2 of 3 power plays.  Southern Maine went 0 for 3 with the man advantage.

            The Huskies are back in action on Saturday (4 p.m.) when they host the University of Massachusetts Boston.  Babson travels to New England College for an NEHC game on Saturday (4 p.m.).