BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore Nick Rosa (Birmingham, Mich.) scored twice and senior Bryan Botcher (Mequon, Wis.) made 21 saves to help Babson College defeat visiting Castleton University, 2-1, in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men's ice hockey action on Friday night at the Babson Skating Center.
With the win, Babson improves to 3-0-1 overall and 2-0-1 in league play, while Castleton drops to 0-2-2 overall and 0-2-1 in the NEHC.
First-year Jason Bilski (Pittsburgh, Pa.) scored on the power play for the Spartans, while sophomore Glenn Wiswell (Berwick, Maine) and junior Troy Taylor (Mississauga, Ontario) both recorded an assist. Senior Wyatt Pickrell (Newmarket, Ontario) stopped 37 of 39 shots in defeat for Castleton.
The teams combined for three penalties in the opening 3:54 of the first period and the Spartans took a 1-0 lead when Bilski tipped a shot from the right point past Botcher for the first goal of his career at the 4:06 mark. The Green and White was unable to take advantage of two first period power play chances, but pulled even when Rosa jammed home a loose puck at the top of the crease 15 seconds into the second period.
The Beavers' five-minute power player after an elbow-to-the-head call at 8:48 of the second was mostly negated after the they took consecutive penalties less than two minutes apart. Babson went in front for good at 11:13 of the third period when Rosa notched his team-leading fifth goal of the season. Pickrell made a stop on first-year Ryan Black (Pomfret, Conn.) but Rosa tracked down a clearing pass in the neutral zone, carried it back into the zone and beat Pickrell with a shot under his pads for the eventual game winner.
The Spartans pulled their goalie for an extra attacker with 1:09 remaining but Botcher stood tall with six of his 10 third-period saves over the final 49 seconds.
The Beavers finished with a 39-22 edge in shots and went 0-for-3 on the power play.
Both teams return to action on Saturday at 4 p.m. as Babson hosts nationally-ranked Norwich, while Castleton travels to UMass Boston.
• The Beavers are 17-5-4 all-time against Castleton and are unbeaten in their last seven games (6-0-1) against the Spartans.
• Rosa and Egan have both produced three multi-point games in four outings this season.
• Prior to Friday's win, Babson had scored on the power play in each of its last five games going back to last year.
• The Beavers are 10-0-1 over their last 11 contests dating back to the start of last season when allowing one goal or less.