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No. 13/11 Men's Ice Hockey Falls to Amherst, 3-2

No. 13/11 Men's Ice Hockey Falls to Amherst, 3-2

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Visiting Amherst College got goals from three different players on its way to defeating No. 13 USCHO.com/No. 11 D3hockey.com Babson College, 3-2, in non-conference men's ice hockey action on Sunday afternoon at the Babson Skating Center.

Babson, which has dropped two straight games, slips to 7-2-1 overall, while Amherst improves to 2-2-0 on the year.

Senior Stevie DeForge (Norwood, Mass.) and sophomore Christian Faggas (Norwood, Mass.) both scored for the Beavers. Senior Matt Brazel (Hingham, Mass.) had two assists and Zach Richterman (Canton, Ohio) added one assist in front of senior goaltender Bryan Botcher (Mequon, Wis.), who finished with 30 saves in the loss.

Senior Stephen Mallory (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.), junior Joey Lupo (St. Louis, Mo.) and sophomore Jack Lloyd (Herndon, Va.) all had a goal for the Mammoths, who got 31 saves from sophomore netminder Michael Cullen (Ottawa, Ontario).

The Green and White jumped on top midway through the first when Brazel gained control of the puck along the left boards and came flying into the zone before dishing it to his right for Faggas, who beat Cullen on the short side for a 1-0 advantage. Amherst pulled even at 11:25 of the second period when Mallory's wrist shot from the left face-off circle made it through a crowd in front for his first goal of the season.

The Mammoths took their first lead 41 seconds into the third period when junior Patrick Daly's (Hamilton, Mass.) pass from behind the net took a deflection and was finished by Lupo with a blast from the slot. Lloyd controlled a face-off and lifted a wrist shot over Botcher's shoulder six minutes later to make it 3-1.

Amherst was whistled for a tripping penalty with 8:34 to play and Babson pulled Botcher for a 6-on-4 advantage. Cullen made a pair of stops to kill the penalty, but DeForge took a cross-ice pass from Brazel and ripped a slap shot from the right face-off dot to cut the Beavers' deficit to 3-2 with 5:53 to play.

The Green and White pulled Botcher again with 2:16 to play, but was unable to pull even. Cullen stopped Faggas' slap shot with 1:59 to go and then made a blocker save sliding to the right post to deny first-year Ryan Black's (Pomfret, Conn.) attempt off a rebound with 33 seconds remaining.

Both teams return to action on Friday at 7 p.m. as Babson hosts Skidmore, while Amherst travels to Wesleyan.

GAME NOTES
• The Beavers are now 24-16-3 all-time against Amherst but have dropped each of the last two meetings at home.
• Prior to Sunday's loss, Botcher had gone 5-0-1 over his last six starts dating back to last February.
• Babson is 2-2 this season in games decided by a single goal.
• Despite Sunday's setback, the Beavers are 9-3 following a loss dating back to January 2016.

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