BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sixth-ranked Babson College rallied from an early two-goal deficit, but Castleton State sophomore Derek Gingera (Winnipeg, Manitoba) tied the game with 30.6 seconds left to go in the third period as the teams skated to a 3-3 overtime tie in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East men's ice hockey action on Friday night at the Babson Skating Center.
With the tie, Babson is now 16-3-1 overall and 10-2-1 in the ECAC East, while Castleton moves to 10-9-2 overall and 6-6-2 in conference play.
Junior Mike Driscoll (Milton, Mass.) had a goal and an assist for the Beavers and has now scored in four consecutive games. Classmates Andrew Bonazza (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia) and Joe DiPietro (Pembroke, Mass.) also scored for the Green and White.
First-year Nick Kovalchik (Brownstown, Mich.) had a goal and an assist for the Spartans, and classmate Kevin Rosset (Crans-Montana, Switzerland) scored his first career goal.
Rosset opened the scoring at 8:40 of the first period, corralling the loose puck just inside the blue line following a defensive miscue by Babson and ripping a shot from the left faceoff circle past Beavers' sophomore goaltender Jamie Murray (Scituate, Mass.) for a 1-0 lead.
Kovalchik made it 2-0 just over six minutes later with a blast over Murray's left shoulder and inside the post for his second career goal.
The Green and White rallied, though getting a pair of goals early in the second period to tie the game. Driscoll won the opening faceoff of the stanza and senior Shayne Anderson (Dorchester, Mass.) found him streaking down the ice where he beat Spartans' junior goalie Thomas Shelley (Waterford, Ontario) to cut the deficit in half just eight seconds after intermission. DiPietro then knotted the game at 2-2 with a wrist shot from the slot off a feed from senior Troy Starrett (Bellingham, Mass.) at the 8:07 mark.
Both Murray and Shelley made big saves late in the second period to keep the game tied heading into the second intermission. Shelley made three key stops on a Babson power play early in the third, and Murray made a pad save on first-year Brock Labelle (Holland, Ohio) following a centering pass with just under eight minutes left.
Bonazza gave the Beavers their first lead of the night at 13:20 of the third period, knocking home the rebound of a shot by senior Nik Tasiopoulos (Norwell, Mass.) from the slot. Babson was able to kill off a Castleton State power play after being called for a tripping penalty with 6:29 to go, but Gingera's notched his seventh goal of the year late in regulation to force overtime.
The Spartans pulled Shelley with 1:06 left in regulation for an extra skater, and following a back-to-back saves by Murray, Gingera was able to deflect the puck into the net following a scramble in front of the crease to tie the game at 3-3.
Both teams had a power play opportunity during the five-minute overtime period, which saw Castleton State outshoot the Green and White 6-1, but neither team could find a game winner.
Murray finished with 26 saves for Babson, while Shelley made 29 stops for the Spartans.
The Beavers went 0-for-3 on the power play and killed off all four of Castleton State's power play chances.
Both teams return to action on Saturday afternoon as Babson will host Skidmore at 4 p.m., while Castleton State will be at nationally-ranked UMass-Boston at 3 p.m.
GAME NOTES: The Beavers are now 10-4-3 all-time against Castleton State and are unbeaten against the Spartans over the last two seasons (3-0-1)…Friday night's tie snapped Babson's 11-game home winning streak, but the Green and White is unbeaten in its last 13 games at the Babson Skating Center (11-0-2) going back to last season…The Beavers are now 1-1-1 on the year when tied after two periods, and 2-1-1 when trailing after the first period.