MALDEN, Mass.—Senior Rob Devaney (Reading, Mass.) had a goal and an assist to help visiting Babson College defeat Tufts University, 3-1, in non-conference men's ice hockey action on Tuesday night at the Valley Forum.
Babson, which is unbeaten over its last five games, improves to 5-2-1 on the year, while Tufts falls to 0-2-1.
Seniors Charlie Ackerman (Bradenton, Fla.) and Ryan Gouveia (Dartmouth, Mass.) both scored for the Beavers, who got two assists from first-year Nick Rosa (Birmingham, Mich.). Senior Joe DePietto (Westbury, N.Y.) chipped in with one assist and junior goaltender Matt Pompa (Palm City, Fla.) turned away 20 shots to record his fifth win of the season.
First-year Craig Uyeno (Toronto, Ontario) scored the lone goal of the night for the Jumbos, who got 32 saves from senior goaltender Nik Nugens (West Barnstable, Mass.).
Tufts killed off three penalties in the first 11 minutes, including 90 seconds of a 5-on-3 advantage for Babson behind five saves from Nugens. The Green and White broke through late in the stanza though, as Gouveia notched his third goal of the season at 19:32 of the first for a 1-0 lead.
Three penalties were called within a span of eight seconds early in the second period, and the Beavers took advantage of their second two-man advantage when Devaney scored his team-leading fifth goal of the year to make it 2-0 at the 5:55 mark. Tufts cut its deficit back to one just 39 seconds later though, as Uyeno struck for his second goal in as many games.
The Green and White was limited to just two shots on goal during its third 5-on-3 power play of the game early in the third period. Ackerman, who rang a shot off the pipe late in the first period, tallied a much needed insurance goal, his fourth of the season, with 7:52 remaining to give Babson's its second two-goal advantage of the game.
The Beavers finished with a 35-21 edge in shots and scored on the power play for the third game in a row.
Babson returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Williams at 3 p.m., while Tufts takes on Brockport in the Castleton WSYB/Catamount Radio Invitational on Friday at 4 p.m.
• The Beavers, who had not played Tufts since 2011, are now 14-2-1 all-time against the Jumbos.
• Devaney has produced three goals and four assists for seven points over the last three games, while DePietto, who has four assists in the last three contests, has already set a new career high with six in eight games this season.
• The Green and White improves to 5-0-0 when leading after the second period and 5-1-0 when scoring first this season.
• Babson is 5-0-1 on the year when scoring three or more goals.