BABSON PARK, Mass. – UMass Dartmouth held a 4-3 advantage midway through the third period, but a late power play goal by No. 10/11 Babson with less than a minute and a half remaining gave the Beavers the final advantage for a 5-4 win over the Corsairs on Tuesday.
Score: Babson 5, UMass Dartmouth 4
Records: Babson (6-1-1, 3-0-0 NEHC) | UMass Dartmouth (3-4-0, 2-2-0 MASCAC)
How it Happened
The Beavers got the scoring started more than halfway through the first period, as Ryan Gouveia (Dartmouth, Mass.) connected on the power play opportunity to give Babson its first lead. UMass Dartmouth did not wait long before responding. Matt Baldino (Woburn, Mass.) tallied his sixth goal of the season, corralling the pass from Casey Shea (Woburn, Mass.) and Mike Sones (Waterdown, Ont.) for the first of four ties on the evening.
In the second period, the Corsairs would jump out of the gate quick as Brandon Berkley (Scottsdale, Ariz.) found the back of the net while short-handed. Connor Cooley (Simi Valley, Calif.) picked up his first collegiate assist on the play. Babson would eventually regain the lead with two consecutive goals within three minutes to close the stanza
Freshman Jeff Kirkwood (Ithaca, N.Y.) would tie the game up at three apiece two minutes later with his first career goal, receiving the pass from Brendan McDonough (Wilmington, Mass.) and scoring high blocker side. Later in the period, Patrick Wrenn (Charlestown, Mass.) intercepted a Beavers' pass in the neutral zone and slid the puck to a streaking Shea. The first line center found the back of the cage after beating the Babson goalie to the stick side on the backhand. Three minutes later, the Beavers would tie the game up for the fourth time when Tim Searles (Chesapeake, Va.) tips in the loose puck.
UMass Dartmouth would dictate play in the final five minutes in regulation, keeping the puck in the offensive zone. With 1:14 left in regulation on the power play, Rob Devaney (Reading, Mass.) used a drop pass to Charlie Ackerman (Bradenton, Fla.), who beat Drew Michals (Newton, Mass.) top glove side at 18:46.
Inside the Numbers
- Michals made 39 stops between the pipes for the Corsairs, but suffered the loss on the full 60 minutes of play.
- Sophomore Bryan Botcher (Mequon, Wis.) picked up the win after turning aside 21 Corsairs shots.
- Babson held the advantage in both shots (44-25) and in face-offs wins (35-30).
- The Corsairs went 1-2 on their power play chances, while Babson went 2-6.
- Tuesday marks the first outing since Feb. 5 of last season that Babson has allowed four or more goals.
UMass Dartmouth will participate this weekend in the Stove Pipe Classic hosted by Southern New Hampshire, as they take on Suffolk on Saturday with puck drop scheduled for 1:30 p.m.