MARSHFIELD, Mass. – Number one seed University of Massachusetts Boston claimed the New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) title after defeating two seed Babson College 3-2 in overtime. With the win the Beacons receive automatic-qualification to the NCAA Division III men's ice hockey championship.
Sophomore forward Colin Larkin (Waterford, Mich.) knocked home the game-winner with 12 minutes gone in overtime to seal the deal for the Beacons and claimed NEHC Tournament Most Valuable Player honors for his efforts.
The Beacons will learn their first round opponent on Monday during the NCAA selection show while Babson has the opportunity to claim an at-large bid to the tournament.
Babson got the scoring going with time winding down in the first period when senior defenseman Mike Vollmin (Wilmington, N.C.) found Ryan Gouveia (Dartmouth, Mass.) in front of the net for the one-timer as the Beavers jumped out to a 1-0 lead.
The Beacons tied the game with just over ten to play in the second period when Andrew Crawford (Medford, Mass.) beat Babson goaltender Jamie Murray (Scituate, Mass.) with a blast from the point. The score was Crawford's first-ever collegiate goal. Moments later the Beavers answered right back as Bobby Hall (Westwood, Mass.) netted his second goal of the season to put Babson back on top 2-1.
Through the rest of the second period and into the third the Beacons continued to pepper the net for the equalizer. With six minutes gone in the third it was Alex Demchuk (Calgary, Alta.) from David MacGregor (Azusa, Calif.) with the tally to tie the game at two.
As regulation continued both attacks saw their opportunities stymied by key defensive blocks and saves from both goaltenders. When regulation came to an end Murray had accumulated 35 saves while Billy Faust (Alta Loma, Calif.) had recorded 26 for UMass Boston.
Overtime was much of the same as each goaltender came up big notching seven saves each. With almost 13 minutes gone in overtime it was a familiar trio of scorers as Tyler Bishop (Ramsey, N.J.) and Matt Lemire (Townsend, Mass.) set up Larkin for the game-winning goal for the Beacons.
Larkin was joined on the All-Tournament team by teammates Crawford and junior captain Albee Daley (Averill Park, N.Y.). Murray, Vollmin and Matt Brazel (Hingham, Mass.) represented Babson.
2016 NEHC All-Tournament Team
|Colin Larkin||Forward||University of Massachusetts Boston|
|Albee Daley||Forward||University of Massachusetts Boston|
|Matt Brazel||Forward||Babson College|
|Andrew Crawford||Defense||University of Massachusetts Boston|
|Mike Vollmin||Defense||Babson College|
|Jamie Murray||Goaltender||Babson College|
|Most Valuable Player: Colin Larkin, University of Massachusetts Boston|