BABSON PARK, Mass. – Host Babson College erased three separate one-goal deficits en route to a 3-3 overtime tie with visiting Williams College in a non-conference battle between nationally-ranked men's ice hockey teams at the Babson Skating Center on Tuesday night. As a result of the deadlock, the Beavers, ranked 14th in the country by U.S. College Hockey Online and 11th by D3hockey.com, move to 9-3-3 on the season, while the Ephs (#12 USCHO, #14 D3H) are now 8-3-2.
Williams took its third lead of the night when sophomore Peter Mistretta (New Canaan, Conn.) scored off a Babson turnover on the powerplay at 9:12 of the third, but the Beavers quickly erased that deficit with a powerplay score of their own. Sophomore Joe DiPietro (Pembroke, Mass.) fired the puck from the Babson Blue line toward the net, where it glanced off junior Nik Tasiopoulos (Norwell, Mass.) and drifted to the right side of the slot. Sophomore Mike Driscoll (Milton, Mass.) then stuffed it home for his second goal of the night at 10:15, tying the game at 3-3.
Neither team scored in the overtime session, with Babson senior captain Zeke Testa (Wellesley, Mass.) stopping both shots that he faced. At the other end, sophomore Andrew Bonazza (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia) was denied by Ephs' goalie Noah Klag (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) on the Beavers' lone shot of the extra session.
Babson trailed 2-1 after one, as Williams sandwiched a pair of goals around Driscoll's first of the night at 11:27. The Beavers then evened the score at 2-2 when senior assistant captain Matt Leer (Edina, Minn.) potted a goal at 11:38 of the second.
Testa finished with 24 saves for Babson, while Klag made 22 stops for Williams.
NOTES: This was only the third tie in 39 meetings between these two teams, with Williams now holding a 19-17-3 all-time advantage in the series… This was the third time the Beavers faced off against U.S. College Hockey Online's 12th-ranked team this winter. Babson defeated Middlebury and Manhattanville at the end of December when each was ranked number 12 in the national poll… This week marks the first time since November 17, 2008 that Babson has appeared in USCHO's national poll. This is also the first time the Beavers have been ranked in the top 15 by D3hockey.com since the site began its poll at the start of the 2011-12 season.