BABSON PARK, Mass.—The Babson College men's ice hockey team scored twice in the third period and rallied from a pair of two-goal deficits to finish in a 3-3 overtime tie with No. 8 USCHO.com/No. 6 D3hockey.com Hobart College in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) action on Saturday afternoon at the Babson Skating Center.
Babson, which is unbeaten in its last four games, improves to 4-2-1 overall and 4-1-1 in conference play, while Hobart is now 4-2-2 overall and 3-1-2 in NEHC play.
Seniors Charlie Ackerman (Bradenton, Fla.) and Rob Devaney (Reading, Mass.) each had a goal and an assist for the Beavers. Junior Matt Michalke (Parma, Ohio) notched the first goal of his career, while senior Matt Holtshouser (Manchester, N.H.), classmate Joe DePietto (Westbury, N.Y.) and sophomore Connor Dahlman (Stamford, Conn.) all finished with an assist.
Zach Sternbach (Loudonville, N.Y.) and Jonas Toupal (Vcelna, Czech Repulic) both recorded a goal and an assist for the Statesmen, which got 29 saves from senior Frank Oplinger (Sewickly, Pa.).
Sophomore Julien Denicourt (Bromont, Quebec) gave Hobart a 1-0 lead with his first goal of the year just 6:23 into the first period. The Statesmen extended its advantage to 2-0 midway through the second when Toupal converted a feed from junior Cam Shaheen (North Andover, Mass.) on the power play for his fifth tally of the year.
The Green and White cut its deficit in half on Ackerman's third goal of the year at 17:06 of the second. He took a pass from Dahlman in the defensive zone and skated up the left side of the ice before beating Oplinger glove-side with a wrist shot. Hobart regained its two-goal edge 10 seconds later though, as Sternbach stuffed home his own rebound at the left post to make it 3-1 going to the third.
Devaney scored his third goal in two games 5:13 into the final period to get the Beavers within one, and Michalke notched his first career goal with a shot from the left point to tie it up with 6:09 left in regulation. Babson outshot Hobart 4-3 in the overtime period, but both goaltenders made key saves to keep the game deadlocked.
Junior Matt Pompa (Palm City, Fla.) turned away 30 shots for the Beavers, who were outshot 33-32. Both teams scored once on the power play.
Babson returns to action on Tuesday when it visits Tufts at 7 p.m., while Hobart is off until December 1 when it travels to Skidmore for a 7 p.m. contest.
• The Beavers are now 9-2-2 all-time against Hobart.
• Babson has scored five times in the third period over its last two games against the Statesmen, and both games have ended at 3-3 after overtime.
• The Green and White allowed a first-period goal in league play for just the third time in its last 12 games on Saturday.
• Babson is now 18-1-3 over its last 22 games inside the Babson Skating Center dating back to January of 2016.