No. 7 men’s hockey holds Tufts out, 3-2

MALDEN, Mass.—Junior Thomas Kramer (Bridgewater, Mass.) had a goal and an assist in a three-goal second half, and No. 7 Babson College won 3-2 over Tufts University in non-conference men’s hockey at the Malden Valley Forum on Tuesday night.

With the win, Babson extended his unbeaten streak to six games (5-0-1) and improved to 6-1-1 overall, while Tufts fell to 0-3-0 in the season, including two losses to national teams.

second grader Wyatt George (Mount Lebanon, Pa.) and first year Ryan Murphy (Grosse Point Farms, Mich.) scored for Babson and Senior Jacob Perullo (Revere, Mass.) racked up two assists. Senior Andrew Holland (Winchester, Mass.) and first graders Ian Driscoll (Middleton, Mass.) and mike stevens (Massapequa, NY) also racked up assists for the Beavers and Senior Nolan Hildebrand (Penticton, British Columbia) scored the win with 26 saves.

Junior Sam Miller (Milwaukee, Wisc.) and second-round Tyler Sedlak (Wyckoff, NJ) scored in the third half on a comeback attempt for the Jumbos, and second-rounders Sami Hakkarainen (Los Gatos, Calif.) and Clark Bolin (Fond du Lac, Wisc.) notched assists. Junior Peyton Durand (Newport, RI) ended up in defeat with 31 saves.

After a scoreless first half with a power-play attempt for each team, the Beavers drew first blood with a power-play goal two minutes into the second frame. Perullo sent a pass from the left point to Kramer below the left circle and Kramer redirected the puck to Murphy on the right and he sank a shot into the open net for a 1-0 lead.

Babson increased the lead to 3-0 with two goals separated just 22 seconds later in the second period. Kramer fired a wrist shot from the right circle at 11:54 a.m. with assists from Stevens and Perullo. Driscoll then sent Perullo into a 1-on-1 break against a Tufts defender, and Wyatt rushed to join the break, taking a pass from Perullo and defeating Durand from the right circle to go 12-16 with 3: 0 to take the lead.

Tufts came on the scoreboard three minutes into the third half after conceding a rally from Babson behind his own net. The puck got forward to Bolin, who dropped a pass back to Miller, and Miller shot past Hildebrand to make it 3-1.

At 10:25 the Jumbos reduced the deficit to one goal when Sedlak was awarded a penalty and he converted a shot under Hildebrand’s cushion in what turned out to be the last goal of the game. In the last six minutes, every team had a power play opportunity, but neither could capitalize on it.

The Beavers ended the game with a 34-27 lead on shots on goal. The green-whites went 1-6 on the power play and killed all three jumbo attempts with man advantage.

Babson will be away for two more games against NESCAC schools over the weekend, visiting Williams on Saturday and Amherst on Sunday. Tufts plays this weekend’s stovepipe tournament hosted by Southern New Hampshire, which also includes New England College and UMass Dartmouth.

• Babson has won six straight games against Tufts and leads the all-time streak 18-2.
• The Beavers are 6-0-1 if they score at least three goals this season and have won 47 of their last 53 games (47-4-2) by scoring at least three goals in the last four seasons.
• Green and White are 4-1-1 this season if they score at least one power play goal.