BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Rob Devaney (Reading, Mass.) finished with two goals and an assist for three points as Babson College defeated visiting Skidmore College, 4-1, in New England Hockey conference (NEHC) men's ice hockey action on Friday night at the Babson Skating Center.
With its third straight win, Babson improves to 4-2-0 overall and 4-1-0 in conference play, while Skidmore slips to 0-5-1 overall and 0-4-1 in the NEHC.
Senior Ryan Gouveia (Dartmouth, Mass.) added a goal and an assist, while classmate Matt McMorrow (Pearl River, N.Y.) also scored for the Beavers. Senior Charlie Ackerman (Brandeton, Fla.) had two assists and classmate Joe DePietto (Westbury, N.Y.), junior Matt Brazel (Hingham, Mass.) and sophomore Ryan McDougall (Milton, Mass.) all finished with one assist apiece in the win.
Sophomore Owen Campbell (Foxboro, Mass.) scored the Thoroughbreds' lone goal, while classmate Tim Allen (Smithfield, R.I.) and first-year Paul Vella (Staten Island, N.Y.) each recorded an assist.
Both teams had quality scoring chances in the opening 20 minutes and the Green and White took advantage of its second power play of the stanza when McMorrow beat Skidmore sophomore goaltender Brandon Kasel (Ithaca, N.Y.) up high off a feed from Gouveia for a 1-0 lead at the 12:36 mark. Beavers' junior netminder Matt Pompa (Palm City, Fla.) mad five saves to help kill off back-to-back Thoroughbreds power plays early in the second, and the hosts doubled their advantage when Gouveia stuffed home the rebound of an Ackerman shot on the power play for his second goal of the year midway through the period.
Skidmore cut its deficit in half just 2:44 into the third when Campbell recorded his first tally of the year from the slot off a pass from behind the net. Devaney, who was denied by Kasel just in front of the crease less than eight minutes into the period, gave Babson some breathing room when he took a break-out pass from Ackerman and chipped the puck past a defender at the blue line before scoring with a wrist shot to make it 3-1 with 6:45 to go in the contest.
The Thoroughbreds pulled Kasel for an extra attacker with 4:14 remaining only to see Devaney notch an empty net goal less than a minute later for the final margin.
Pompa made 26 of his 36 saves over the first two periods for the Beavers, while Kasel turned away 28 shots for Skidmore, which held a 37-31 edge in shots.
The Green and White went 2-for-3 on the power play and killed off all three of its penalties in the game.
Both teams return to action on Saturday at 4 p.m. as Babson hosts nationally-ranked Hobart, while Skidmore visits UMass Boston.
• The Beavers are 28-6-1 all-time against Skidmore and have won 11 straight games between the teams.
• Babson is 48-6-4 at home going back to the start of the 2013-14 campaign.
• The Green and White has scored 13 times on the power play over its last eight games against Skidmore.
• The Beavers are 4-1-0 this season when scoring the first goal.