Men’s Ice Hockey Scores First Before Falling 4-1 at Babson College

BABSON PARK, Mass. - The #13 ranked Babson College men's hockey team got goals from four different players and scored three times in the second period on its way to defeating visiting Tufts University, 4-1, in non-conference action on Tuesday night at the Babson Skating Center.

Justin Brandt scored his first collegiate goal early in the second period

Babson, which has won six consecutive games, improves to 7-0-1 on the year, while Tufts slips to 0-3-0.

First-year Justin Brandt scored his first career goal for the Jumbos, who got assists from senior Clay Berger and junior Machlan Sawden. Sophomore goaltender Drew Hotte finished with 27 saves in a losing effort.

Senior Tommy Munichiello, juniors Ryan McDougall and Connor Dahlman, and first-year Matt Wiesner each had a goal, while sophomore Patrick Flynn and first-year Cole Sanderson contributed two assists apiece for the Beavers. Senior netminder Bryan Botcher stopped 25 of 26 shots to earn his third victory over the season.

Following a scoreless first period, Tufts got on the board on Brandt's wrist shot from the left face-off dot just 44 seconds into the second. The Green and White pulled even 49 seconds later on Wiesner's seventh goal of the year and then went in front for good on McDougall's power play tally at the 9:27 mark.

The Beavers came up empty on a 63-second 5-on-3 power play in the first period, but needed just 14 seconds of their second two-man advantage thanks to McDougall's blast from the right face-off circle. Dahlman extended the margin to 3-1 at 17:32 with a slap shot from the right point for his first goal of the season.

Botcher reached back to his left make a glove save on Tufts first-year Nick Schultze less than a minute into the third period, and later made a sliding pad save on sophomore Peter Hatton with a little more than 12 minutes to go to maintain Babson's two-goal margin. Munichiello capped the scoring with his empty netter from just over the center line with 2:12 to play.

The Beavers finished with a 33-26 edge in shots and scored twice on the power play while killing off all six of the Jumbos' man-advantage opportunities.

Babson returns to action on Saturday when it hosts Amherst at 3 p.m., while Tufts travels to Saint Anselm on Friday at 4 p.m.

Recap courtesy of Babson College