BIDDEFORD, Maine -- Junior Jared Melman scored midway through the second period to break a 1-1 tie and propel the University of New England to a 3-1 victory over nationally-ranked Babson College in an ECAC East men's ice hockey game played Saturday afternoon (Dec. 7) at the Harold Alfond Forum.
The win was UNE's first-ever over Babson, which is ranked sixth in the most recent United States College Hockey Online (USCHO) Division III poll. The Nor'easters improved to 4-7-1 overall, 2-5 in ECAC East games. The Beavers dropped to 9-2 overall and suffered their first league loss (5-1).
Babson grabbed a 1-0 lead at 9:25 of the first when sophomore Mike Vollmin directed a shot from the right boards through traffic in front of the UNE goal and into the cage. Senior Pat Guerriero and first-year Bill Seligman were credited with assists on the play.
UNE knotted the score on the power play just before the close of the period. First-year Blaise Healy knocked home a rebound after a Cassidy April slap-shot from the point was turned away. Healy's goal came with 29 seconds on the clock.
Melman would notch the game-winner at 10:03 of the second frame, converting a rebound off a save of his own shot after the Nor'easters had an odd-man rush out of their defensive zone. Junior Nick Kolb and first-year Dustin Walsh set-up Melman's goal.
That would be all the scoring until Big Blue lit the lamp again late in the contest.
The Beavers pulled sophomore goaltender Jamie Murray for an extra skater with just under three minutes remaining, and UNE capitalized right away as junior Chris Healy scored from the Nor'easters' defensive zone. Healy was trying to clear the puck, and his outlet slid the length of the ice and trickled over the goal line.
Junior goalie Colby Drost recorded a career-high 41 saves between the pipes for the Nor'easters, including a total of 32 over the final two periods.
Murray had 25 stops for Babson, which led 42-28 in shots on goal.
The Nor'easters are idle until after the holidays. They host Morrisville State College on Jan. 4 at the Harold Alfond Forum. Start time is slated for 2 p.m.