BABSON PARK, Mass. - Three different players scored a goal as Babson college defeated Castleton, 3-1, in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) action on Saturday afternoon at the Babson skating center.
With the win, Babson improves to 11-8-2 overall and 9-4-1 in league play, while Castleton slips to 6-12-3 overall and 2-11-1 in the NEHC.
Senior Charlie Ackerman (Bradenton, Fla.), classmate Matt McMorrow (Pearl River, N.Y.), and first-year Nick Rosa (Birmingham, Mich.) recorded one goal apiece, while senior Ryan Gouveia (Dartmouth, Mass.), classmate Bobby Hall (Westwood, Mass.), and first-year Patrick Flynn (Framingham, Mass.) each chipped in with one assist. Junior goaltender Matt Pompa (Palm City, Fla.) turned away 22 shots to record his eight win of the season.
Senior Jimmy Burns (Middletown, N.J.) scored the lone goal of the night for the Spartans, who got 19 saves from senior goalie Brody Wagner (Shillington, Pa.).
Neither team was able to find the back of the net in the opening period, as Castleton held a 12-7 advantage in shots, while both went 0-1 on their power play opportunities.
The Spartans broke through first, as Burns notched his second goal of the season at 11:37 in the second period for a 1-0 lead.
With both teams down a man due to staggering penalties, the Green and white found the tying goal when Akcerman, off a fed from Gouveia, lunched a wrist shot over Wagner's right shoulder with 8:39 left in the second period.
With mere seconds left in the period, Flynn's initial shot bounced to hall, who put it back in front, ultimately giving Rosa the chance to tip it into the empty net and give the Beavers a 2-1 lead heading into the final stanza.
Down 2-1 with 54 seconds remaining in regulation, Castleton emptied their net looking for the equalizing goal; but, a shot across the ice by McMarrow into the Spartan's empty net gave Babson a 3-1 victory.
The Beavers trailed 23-22 in shots, and neither team converted on their respective power plays.
Babson returns to action on Friday when it travels to take on Skidmore at 4 p.m., while Castleton travels to New England College for a 7 p.m. match
• The Beavers are 16-5-4 all-time against the Spartans
• The Green and White is 26-6-3 at the Babson Skating Center going back to the start of the 2015-16 campaign
• McMarrow ends the weekend series with two goals for Babson