SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.—Senior Matt McMorrow (Pearl River, N.Y.) scored 12 seconds into overtime to lift visiting Babson College to a 3-2 win over Skidmore College in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) action on Saturday at the Saratoga City Rink.
With the win, Babson secured home ice for the upcoming conference tournament quarterfinals, and improved to 12-8-3 overall and 10-4-2 in league play. Skidmore, which had its three-game winning streak snapped, drops to 5-17-1 overall and 3-12-1 in the NEHC.
Senior Bobby Hall (Westwood, Mass.) and first-year Nick Rosa (Birmingham, Mich.) each finished with a goal and an assist for the Beavers. Senior Rob Devaney (Reading, Mass.) and first-year Patrick Flynn (Framingham, Mass.) both recorded an assist, while junior Bryan Botcher (Mequon, Wis.) stopped 28 shots to earn his fourth win of the season.
Sophomore Owen Campbell (Foxboro, Mass.) and senior Connor Pelkey (St. Albans, Vt.) both had a goal for the Thoroughbreds, who got 35 saves from sophomore goaltender Brandon Kasel (Ithaca, N.Y.).
Babson needed just one shift in the extra session to score the game-winning goal. After winning the face-off at center ice, McMorrow took a pass from Devaney and beat Kasel with a shot from along the left boards for his sixth tally of the season.
Hall gave the Green and White a 1-0 lead off a feed from Rosa 7:43 into the first period. Skidmore pulled even when Campbell jammed home a loose puck in front of the net at 10:34 of the second period, but Babson went back in front just over two minutes later when Rosa notched his eighth goal of the season following a Thoroughbreds turnover at the blue line.
The Beavers killed off a roughing penalty early in the third period, but Pelkey scored with a blast from the top of the right face-off circle to make it 2-2 less than four minutes into the final stanza. Kasel turned away 16 shots in the third, including four during a Babson power play following a tripping call on Skidmore at the 6:22 mark.
Both teams finished 0-for-2 on the power play, while the Beavers finished with a 38-30 edge in shots on goal.
Both teams begin the final weekend of the regular season on Friday at 7 p.m. as Babson hosts Southern Maine, while Skidmore travels to Castleton.
• The Beavers are 30-6-1 all-time against the Thoroughbreds and have won 13 straight games in the series.
• Babson, which is 1-0-3 this season, picked up its first overtime win since defeating Saint Michael's, 3-2, on February 14, 2015.
• The Green and White improves to 10-0-0 on the year when taking a lead to the third period.
• The Beavers are 10-0-1 this winter when allowing two goals or less.