SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.—Senior Ryan Gouveia (Dartmouth, Mass.) recorded his first career hat trick and junior goaltender Matt Pompa (Palm City, Fla.) made 28 saves as visiting Babson College blanked Skidmore College, 4-0, in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) action on Saturday afternoon at the Saratoga City Rink.
With its second consecutive win, Babson improves to 9-5-2 overall and 7-2-1 in league play, while Skidmore drops to 2-14-1 overall and 0-9-1 in the NEHC.
In addition to Gouveia's three-goal game, senior Paul Wagner (Walpole, Mass.) notched his first goal of the season for the Beavers. Classmate Matt McMorrow (Pearl River, N.Y.) and first-year Christian Faggas (Norwood, Mass.) both recorded an assist in the victory.
Sophomore Brandon Kasel (Ithaca, N.Y.) finished with 19 saves for the Thoroughbreds, who were shutout for the second time in five games.
Wagner opened the scoring for the Green and White with his second career goal at 7:37 of the first period. Skidmore held the Beavers without a shot on their first power play at the 9:22 mark of the first and killed off another penalty just 39 seconds into the second period before Gouveia doubled the lead with his first goal 8:40 into the middle period.
Both teams killed off a penalty in the middle of the second and Gouveia extended the margin to 3-0 with his second tally at the 17:54 mark. The Thoroughbreds outshot Babson 11-2 over the final 20 minutes, but Pompa came up with 11 saves and Gouveia put the game away with an empty net goal at 17:36.
Both teams return to action next Friday at 7 p.m. as Babson hosts New England College, while Skidmore visits nationally-ranked Norwich.
• The Beavers are now 29-6-1 all-time against Skidmore and have won 12 straight games in the series.
• The Green and White is 9-1-1 this season and 37-3-3 going back to the start of the 2015-16 campaign when scoring at least three goals.
• Babson is 8-0-0 this season when leading after two periods.
• Pompa, who blanked Southern Maine back on November 11, has two shutouts this season and seven in his career.