Babson Edges No. 6/9 UMass Boston in Series Opener, 4-3

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Bobby Hall (Westwood, Mass.) and first-year Christian Faggas (Norwood, Mass.) finished with three points apiece and junior goaltender Matt Pompa (Palm City, Fla.) tied his career high with 41 saves to help Babson College defeat No. 6 USCHO.com/No. 9 D3hockey.com UMass Boston, 4-3, in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) action on Friday night at the Babson Skating Center.

With the win, Babson improves to 6-3-1 overall and moves into a tie for first place at 5-1-1 in the league standings. UMass Boston, which had its seven-game winning streak snapped, drops to 9-2-0 overall and 5-2-0 in the NEHC.

Hall had two goals and one assist and Faggas scored once to go along with two assists to lead the Beavers. Junior line mate Matt Brazel (Hingham, Mass.) also chipped in with a pair of assists, while first-year Nick Rosa (Birmingham, Mich.) chipped in with a goal in the victory.

Junior David MacGregor (Azusa, Calif.) and sophomores Nolan Redler (Winchester, Mass.) and Cody Wickline (Flower Mound, Texas) all scored once for the Beacons. Sophomore netminder Bailey MacBurnie (Beverly, Mass.) turned away 21 shots while suffering his first loss of the season.

UMass Boston took a 1-0 lead when MacGregor notched his second goal of the season on a 2-on-1 with sophomore Tyler Sifferlen (North Andover, Mass.) just 2:06 into the contest. The Green and White pulled even when Rosa tipped home sophomore Connor Dahlman's (Stamford, Conn.) blast from the point at the 6:19 mark, and then went in front 2-1 when Hall beat MacBurnie with a wrist shot on an odd-man rush at 11:35 of the opening period.

The Beavers were unable to score on a power play early in the second, but Hall put away a feed from Brazel for his second tally of the game to extend the lead to 3-1 just 4:01 into the stanza. MacBurnie kept the Beacons within striking distance by making a pair of saves during a Babson shorthanded flurry midway through the frame, and Redler buried a cross-ice feed from Larkin on the power play to cut the deficit in half just 59.7 seconds before intermission.

Babson regained its two-goal advantage when Hall gained possession of the puck in the neutral zone and carried it down the left wing before hitting Faggas, who beat MacBurnie with a one-timer for his second goal of the year 5:27 into the third. Pompa, who made a sprawling save on Redler to end the second period, made a right-pad stop on Sifferlen's breakaway attempt with just under five minutes to go as part of a 12-save performance over the final 20 minutes.

Wickline beat Pompa for his third goal of the year with 3.8 seconds to go, but the Green and White won the ensuing face-off following a timeout to closeout its first one-goal win of the year.

The Beacons finished with a 44-25 edge in shots, while the teams combined to kill off 8-of-9 penalties in the contest.

Babson and UMass Boston will complete their home-and-home series in Boston on Saturday at 4 p.m.

GAME NOTES
• The Beavers are 46-17-6 all-time against UMass Boston and have won three straight in the series going back to last January.
• The Green and White is 2-0-1 on the year at home and improves to 19-1-3 inside the Babson Skating Center dating back to January 22, 2016.
• Brazel now has one goal and six assists for seven points in seven career games against the Beacons.
• Babson's is now 6-0-1 this season and has lost just twice over its last 39 games when scoring at least three goals.

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