NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – After falling behind 2-0, #7 Babson College fired off four unanswered goals to defeat the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth men's ice hockey team on Tuesday evening at the Hetland Arena.
In their six prior wins, Babson (7-0) only trailed in a game for a 53 second time span, but UMass Dartmouth (2-4) was not intimidated. Corsair freshman Tanner Zacharewicz (Ludlow, Mass.) stole the puck in front of the visiting net and ripped his first goal of the season with 11:43 left in the first. Five minutes later junior Shaun Walters (Plymouth, Mich.) followed his teammate's lead and scored his team-leading 7th mark of year to give the Corsairs a 2-0 advantage. Assists on the Walter's score were awarded to Mark Restuccia (Malden, Mass.) and Jonathan Houk (Richboro, Pa.).
With minutes remaining in the first period, the Beavers cut the deficit in half when Ryan Heavey (Andover, Mass.) blasted home a goal off a pass from teammates Matt O'Neil (Norwell, Mass.) and Mike Driscoll (Milton, Mass.).
Babson upped their energy in the second stanza to take a 3-2 lead. Just two minutes into the period Max Franklin (Wrentham, Mass.) beat the UMass Dartmouth keeper off a helper from Ben Kravitz (Huntington, N.Y.). A few minutes later, the Beavers took advantage of a power play opportunity when Conner Berto (Lake Forest, Ill.) notched his third marker of the campaign.
A power play score by Babson forward Nik Tasiopoulos (Norwell, Mass.) with 14:39 left to in the final period increased the lead to 4-2 and proved to be too much for the Corsairs to overcome.
The Beavers dominated the possession throughout the game and fired off 55 shots, compared to UMass Dartmouth's 22.
Babson goalkeeper Jamie Murray (Scituate, Mass.) made 22 saves in his sixth win between the pipes. Freshman JJ Solloway (Derry, N.H.) turned away 51 shots in his first collegiate start for the Corsairs.
UMass Dartmouth returns to action this weekend when they take on Colby College in the Colby-Bowdoin Faceoff on Saturday at 4 p.m.