Maine Hockey Journal

Huskies slip in ECAC East with loss to Babson

BABSON PARK, Mass. — Host Babson College scored three unanswered goals in the second period to overcome an early 1-0 deficit en route to an eventual 4-2 victory over the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies in an ECAC East men’s ice hockey matchup at the Babson Skating Center on Friday night.

With the win, the Beavers improved to 6-7-1 overall and 5-5-0 in the conference, while the Huskies dipped to 7-9-0 overall and 4-6 in the ECAC East.

After a scoreless and penalty-riddled first period, Southern Maine struck first when senior Eric Morgani (Reading, Mass.) converted a breakaway feed from classmate Dan Gordon (Springfield, Mass.) at 5:38 of the second. The lead would be short-lived, however, as junior Gabriel Chenard-Poirier (St. Augustin, Quebec) sent a laser into the upper right corner from the left point on a Babson
power play at 7:30.

The Beavers would tack on two more goals in the final 5:05 of the second to take a 3-1 advantage into the second intermission. Senior JT Balben (Wayland, Mass.) scored the first off a centering pass from senior co-captain Brad
Baldelli (Northboro, Mass.) at 14:55 and first-year Mike Hoban (Medfield, Mass.) netted the second when his wrist shot found the upper right corner off a pass from senior Alex DiPietro (Winthrop, Mass.) at 18:58.

Babson continued its attack early in the third, as first-year Cody Carlson (Peterborough, N.H.) scored his first collegiate goal on a wrap-around just over four minutes in.

Southern Maine would get one goal back when sophomore Paul Conter (Woodbridge, Ontario) scored at 9:07 of the third, but that would be all the Beavers’ defense would allow as the hosts claimed the 4-2 victory.

Babson first-year goalie Andrew Peabody (Marblehead, Mass.) made 23 saves in the first 54 minutes in net before being forced to leave with an equipment problem. Senior Skylar Nipps (Orlando, Fla.) came on to blank the Huskies over
the final six minutes, making four stops. Freshman Koray Celik (Ile-bizzard, Quebec) played all but one minute in goal for USM, finishing with 31 saves.

Southern Maine travels to the University of Massachusetts Boston on Saturday (3:00 p.m.). Babson will entertain Salem State College on Saturday.

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