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Men's Ice Hockey Edged by Amherst, 3-1

Men's Ice Hockey Edged by Amherst, 3-1

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Visiting Amherst College scored three unanswered goals over the final two periods to rally for a 3-1 come-from-behind win over Babson College in non-conference men's ice hockey action on Tuesday night at the Babson Skating Center.

With the loss, Babson falls to 10-7-2 on the year, while Amherst improves to 7-6-3 with its second consecutive victory.

Senior Bobby Hall (Westwood, Mass.) had a goal, while classmate Zach Phelps (Manorville, Pa.) and first-year Patrick Flynn (Framingham, Mass.) each recorded an assist for the Beavers. Junior Matt Pompa (Palm City, Fla.) turned away 22 saves in defeat.

Junior John Festa (Lynnfield, Mass.) and sophomores Joey Lupo (St. Louis, Mo.) and Patrick Daly (Hamilton, Mass.) all scored, while senior Thomas Lindstrom (Brooklyn Park, Minn.) picked up three assists for the Mammoths. Sophomore goaltender Giancarlo Ventre (Morrisonville, N.Y.) finished with 26 saves to earn his second win of the season for the visitors.

The Green and White jumped on top 1-0 on Hall's goal just 1:33 into the contest. Flynn's shot from the left point was deflected in traffic in front of the net and Hall jammed the rebound past Ventre for his eighth tally of the year.

The Beavers were whistled for an elbowing penalty at 5:54 of the second period and Amherst tied the game on the power play just 51 seconds later when Lupo beat Pompa with a backhand shot from the slot. The Mammoths pulled in front 2-1 at the 13:58 mark when Daly notched his sixth goal of the season, and Ventre robbed junior Tommy Munichiello's (Weymouth, Mass.) slap shot from between the circles with a glove save with a little more than four minutes to go before the second intermission to keep the hosts in front.

Babson outshot Amherst 14-7 in the final period but was unable to find an equalizer. Ventre stoned first-year Christian Faggas (Norwood, Mass.) following a giveaway early in the third period, and then denied Hall's rebound following a wraparound attempt by Flynn with 5:35 left to go.

The Green and White, which pulled Pompa for an extra attacker with 3:11 left, gave up an empty net goal to Festa with 1:50 remaining for the final margin.

The Beavers went 0-of-2 on the power play, while the Mammoths finished 1-of-2 on the night.

Babson returns to action on Friday when it hosts Norwich at 7 p.m., while Amherst travels to Wesleyan on Saturday at 7 p.m.

• The Beavers are 25-15-3 all-time against Amherst but have dropped three of the last four games in the series.
• Tuesday's setback marked just the second loss to a non-conference opponent for the Green and White inside the Babson Skating Center in 12 games going back to 2014.
• Babson, which has outscored its foes 19-8 in the first period this season, is now 9-3-0 when scoring the first goal.
• Despite giving up a power play goal on Tuesday, the Beavers have successfully killed off 22-of-25 penalties over the last eight games.