WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.—First-year George Hunkele (West Haven, Conn.) had a goal and an assist, and junior Sean Dougherty (Smithtown, N.Y.) made 39 saves, helping ninth-ranked Williams College defeat seventh-ranked Babson College, 3-2, in a matchup of New England's last two unbeaten men's ice hockey teams on Sunday afternoon at Lansing Chapman Rink.
With its fourth straight victory, Williams moves to 4-0-1 on the season, while Babson, which had its season-opening eight-game winning streak snapped, falls to 8-1-0.
Junior Craig Kitto (Ashburn, Va.) and first-year Frankie Mork (Victoria, Minn.) also had goals for the Ephs, who scored three times over the first two periods and built a 3-0 lead late in the second period. James McNamara and Nick Anderson each tacked on an assist in the win.
Seniors Connor Berto (Lake Forest, Ill.) and Nik Tasiopoulos (Norwell, Mass.) both scored for the Beavers. Sophomores Max Franklin (Wrentham, Mass.) and Mike Vollmin (Wilmington, N.C.), as well as first-year Michael Phillips (Richmond Heights, Ohio) each recorded an assist.
Williams opened the scoring on Mork's second goal of the season at the 18:17 mark of the first period, as he converted a pass from Hunkele to go up 1-0. The power play score, which came just 59 seconds after Babson was called for a tripping penalty, was the first the Beavers had allowed this year.
Hunkele extended the Ephs' lead just 3:34 into the second period with this third goal of the season, converting a cross-ice pass from Anderson to make it 2-0. Kitto then gave the hosts its biggest lead of the game, making it 3-0 at 16:29 of the second period. The junior forward forced a turnover and beat Beavers' sophomore goalie Jamie Murray (Scituate, Mass.) with a wrist shot for his fourth tally of the season.
Berto got the Green and White on the board just under a minute and a half later, scoring his fourth goal of the season at 17:53 of the second period to trim the deficit to 3-1. Tasiopoulos followed with his team-leading fifth tally of the season on the power play, just 7:57 into the third period, to help Babson pull within a goal.
Unfortunately, the Beavers were unable to find the equalizer, despite outshooting Williams 16-4 over the final 20 minutes. Dougherty made 15 of his 39 saves in the third, including five stops over the final five minutes to secure the victory.
Murray stopped 27 shots in 57:17 of action for Babson, which held a 41-30 advantage in shots on goal.
The Beavers finished 1-for-2 on the power play, while Williams was 1-for-3 on its extra-man opportunities.
Both teams return to action on Friday night at 7 p.m. as Babson travels to Southern Maine, while Williams will be at Hamilton.
Note: Portions of this release courtesy of Williams College.