Norton Notches Beavers' First Hat Track, Pompa Recods Sixth Career Shutout in Win
GORHAM, MAINE - First-year Cooper Norton (Willston, Vt.) scored three times to lead visiting Babson College to a 4-0 win over the University of Southern Maine in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men's ice hockey action on Saturday at the USM Ice Arena.
With the win, the Beavers improves to 3-2-0 overall and 3-1-0 in conference play, while the Huskies fall to 0-3-1 overall and 0-3-1 in the NEHC.
Senior Bobby Hall (Westwood, Mass.) scored once for Babson and first-year Patrick Flynn (Framingham, Mass.) recorded two assists for Babson. Classmates Nick Rosa (Birmingham, Mich.) and Brendan Casey (Glastonbury, Conn.), and seniors Jake Donahue (Groveland, Mass.) and Zach Phelps (Manorville, Pa.) each notched an assist. Junior Matt Pompa (Palm city, Fla.) stopped 23 shots to earn his first shutout of the season and the sixth of his career.
Taking a pass form Donahue, Hall scored what proved to be the game-winning goal when he dumped the puck on net from center ice and had it bounce past Southern Maine goaltender Paul Leger (Blainville, Quebec) with less than a minute to go in the first period. Norton netted his first collegiate goal midway through the second period to extend the lead. Off a pass from Flynn, Norton went top-shelf wrist shot to give the Beavers a 2-0 advantage.
Norton found the goal two more times in the third period to record his first collegiate hat trick, and the first hat trick by a Beaver since junior Terry Woods (Duxbury, Mass.) scored three times in a 5-1 win over Southern Maine on January 23, 2010. Flynn and Phelps were credited with assists on Norton's second goal, while Rosa and Casey collected the helpers on his final goal.
The Beavers held a 26-23 edge in shots on goal, and both sides went 0-for-3 on the power play.
Babson returns to action on Friday when it hosts Skidmore at 7 p.m., while University of Southern Maine travels to Castleton University on Friday for a 7 p.m. faceoff.
• The Beavers are now 26-8-1 all-time and have won 12 straight games against the Huskies going back to the 2012-13 season.
• The Green and White has allowed just three goals while posting seven shutouts over their last nine games against Southern Maine.
• Norton is the 12th Babson player to score a goal this season, and is now tied for the team lead in goals with Hall.
• The Beavers are 8-3-1 in their last 12 road games going back to last January.