Southern Maine Falls to #13 Babson 5-1

Sophomore Tyler Gardiner scored USM's lone goal in a 5-1 loss at Babson on Saturday (file photo by Jason Johns).
Sophomore Tyler Gardiner scored USM's lone goal in a 5-1 loss at Babson on Saturday (file photo by Jason Johns).

Southern Maine Falls to #13 Babson 5-1

            BABSON PARK, Mass. -- Senior defenseman Ryan McDougall (Milton, Mass.) scored two goals and had an assist as the 13th-ranked Babson College Beavers defeated the visiting University of Southern Maine Huskies 5-1 in a New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men's game Saturday at the Babson Skating Center.

            The Beavers extended their current nation's longest unbeaten streak in Division III to 14 games (12-0-2) with the win, and improved to 14-3-2 overall and 9-2-1 in NEHC play.  The Huskies dropped their second straight game to fall to 5-11-3 overall and 4-7-2 in conference play.

            McDougall scored a power-play goal at 1:14 of the second period to increase the Beavers' lead to 3-1, and later added an empty-net power-play marker with 1:06 remaining in regulation.  The two goals increased McDougall's season total to six.

            Freshman Andrew Holland (Winchester, Mass.) gave the home side the lead for good at 5:29 of the opening period with his ninth goal of the season.  McDougall and sophomore Cole Sanderson (Basking Ridge, N.J.) would set up sophomore Mike Egan (Billerica, Mass.) at 11:41 for Egan's team-leading 11th goal of the season.

            Southern Maine cut the deficit in half at 15:24 as sophomore Tyler Gardiner (Watertown, Mass.) put the puck past Babson sophomore goalie Aidan Murphy (Walpole, Mass.) for his third marker of the season.  Seniors Ethan Bassile (Scarborough, Maine) and Cody Braga (Middleboro, Mass.) picked up the assists.

            McDougall's first goal early in the second period restored the Beavers two-goal advantage.  Sophomore Matt Wiesner (Newport Beach, Calif.) made it 4-1 at the 15:08 mark.  Wiesner also had two assists in the game.

            Babson finished the game with a 38-24 edge in shots on goal, and converted on 2 of 6 power-play opportunities.  Southern Maine went 0 for 3 with the man advantage.

            Murphy remained unbeaten on the season at 9-0-1 stopping 23 shots.  Junior Anthony D'Aloisio (Frisco, Texas) started in net for USM and made 23 saves over the first two periods.  Senior Paul Léger (Blainville, Quebec) came on to play 19:40 of the third period without allowing a goal and making 10 saves.

            The Huskies are back in action on Tuesday (7 p.m.) traveling to Colby College for their final non-conference game of the season.  The Beavers will be at home next Friday (7 p.m.) hosting NEHC rival Castleton University.