BABSON PARK, Mass.—No. 13 USCHO.com/No. 11 D3hockey.com was unable to rally from a two-goal second-period deficit and suffered a 3-2 loss to visiting Williams College inside the Babson Skating Center on Saturday afternoon.
Babson, which had its six-game winning and eight-game unbeaten streaks snapped, slips to 7-1-1 on the year, while Williams improves to 3-0-0.
First-year Matt Wiesner (Newport Beach, Calif.) finished with a goal and an assist and classmate Ryan Black (Pomfret, Conn.) scored once for the Beavers. Sophomore Patrick Flynn (Framingham, Mass.) and first-years Cole Sanderson (Basking Ridge, N.J.) and Zach Richterman (Canton, Ohio) all chipped in with one assist in the loss.
Senior goaltender Matt Pompa (Palm City, Fla.) turned away 36 shots, which was one short of his season high, for Babson.
Junior Peter Christie (Durham, N.H.) and sophomores Jack McCool (West Roxbury, Mass.) and Tyler Scott (Bloomington, Minn.) all finished with a goal for the Ephs. Sophomore Nick VanBelle (Stamford, Conn.) recorded two assists, while senior netminder Michael Pinios (Laval, Quebec) made 20 saves in the victory.
Scott gave Williams a 1-0 lead just 3:11 into the contest when he tucked home the rebound of a shot by VanBelle from the top of the right face-off circle for a 1-0 lead. Wiesner redirected a shot by Sanderson past Pinios at the top of the crease to tie the game at the 10:04 mark of the first, but Christie threw a wrist shot on net from the left point that made it through traffic and past Pompa to put the Ephs back in front less than two minutes later.
Williams outshot the Green and White 16-4 in the second period and despite 15 saves from Pompa extended its advantage on McCool's tally on the power play 11:09 into the stanza. The Beavers wasted little time cutting their deficit in half to start the third as Black poked home a rebound after Pinios made back-to-back stops to make it 3-2 just 52 seconds into the period.
Babson got two saves from Pompa and blocked two other shots to kill off a boarding penalty with 6:32 remaining. The Beavers pulled Pompa for an extra attacker with 2:22 left and kept the margin at one thanks to a pair of goal-saving plays from Black and sophomore Brendan Casey (Glastonbury, Conn.), but were unable to find a late equalizer.
The Green and White was outshot 39-22 and did not score on its only power play attempt of the game.
Both teams return to action on Sunday at 3 p.m. as Babson hosts Amherst, while Williams takes on nationally-ranked Geneseo.
• The Beavers are now 19-24-3 all-time against Williams.
• Saturday's loss snapped Babson's 27-game home unbeaten streak in the month of November. Following a 4-2 loss to Skidmore on November 16, 2012, the Beavers had gone 25-0-2 inside the Babson Skating Center in the month of November prior to falling to the Ephs.
• The Beavers had killed off 22 consecutive penalties dating back to November 9 before Williams scored on the power play midway through the second period.
• Babson is 2-1-1 on the year when scoring two goals or less.