|Babson College||University of Southern Maine|
GORHAM, Maine — Junior Matt McMorrow (Pearl River, N.Y.) snapped a 1-1 tie midway through the second period and sophomore goalie Bryan Botcher (Mequon, Wis.) made 23 saves to give the visiting Babson College Beavers a 2-1 victory over the University of Southern Maine Huskies Saturday in New England Hockey Conference men’s action at the USM Ice Arena on Saturday.
The victory extended the Beavers unbeaten streak to five games (4-0-1), and improved their record to 12-7-2 overall and 9-4-1 in NEHC games. The Huskies had their three-game unbeaten string (1-0-2) snapped by the loss and fell to 7-11-2 overall and 4-9-1 in conference play.
McMorrow’s goal spoiled a record-setting day for USM junior goalie Kyle Shapiro (Ocean, N.J.) who became the Huskies’ all-time save leader. Shapiro, who finished the game with 27 saves, surpassed Chris Buck (1774 saves, 1986-90) for the all-time career saves mark midway through the first period. Shapiro now has 1,797 saves in 63 career games at USM.
Southern Maine grabbed a 1-0 lead in the latter stages of the opening period as junior Alex Pantalone (Hudson, Mass.) took advantage of a Babson turnover in the neutral zone. Pantalone went in alone on Botcher and beat the goaltender with a shot to the top right corner at 14:49 for his fourth goal of the season.
Babson went on the power play just over two minutes later and got an equalizing goal from senior Michael Phillips(Richmond Heights, Ohio) at 17:58.
The visitors turned up the pressure in the second period outshooting the home side 13-5. McMorrow would break the tie at 12:03 after taking a pass from senior Bill Seligman (Toronto, Ontario) in the high slot area and whipping a 25-foot shot over Shapiro’s shoulder for his second goal of the season.
Botcher protected the lead throughout the third period stopping 12 USM shots. The Huskies pulled Shapiro with 49 seconds to play, but were unable to net a tying goal to force the game into overtime.