HENNIKER, N.H.—Sophomore Nick Rosa (Birmingham, Mich.) tied the game at 7:29 of the third period and senior Matt Pompa (Palm City, Fla.) made 31 saves as No. 15 USHCO.com/No. 14 D3hockey.com Babson College and New England College played to a 4-4 overtime tie in New England Hockey conference (NEHC) men's ice hockey action on Saturday inside Lee Clement Arena.
Babson, which is unbeaten over its last five games, is now 12-3-2 overall and 7-1-2 in league play, while New England College extended its unbeaten run to nine games and is now 10-3-3 overall and 5-3-3 in the NEHC.
First-years Matt Wiesner (Newport Beach, Calif.), Trevor Marcinick (Dublin, Ohio) and Mike Egan (Billerica, Mass.) all scored for the Beavers. Senior Stevie DeForge (Norwood, Mass.), juniors Ryan McDougall (Milton, Mass.) and Connor Dahlman (Stamford, Conn.), sophomore Brendan Casey (Glastonbury, Conn.), and first-years Ryan Black (Pomfret, Conn.), John Corrigan (Stoneham, Mass.) and Cam Schmitt (Andover, Mass.) all finished with one assist apiece.
Senior Connor Fries (Barnstable, Mass.) had two goals, while junior Ryan Walsh (Hanover, Mass.) and senior Mike Whitehair (Victor, N.Y.) each scored once for the Pilgrims, while junior netminder Anthony Pupplo (Shirley, N.Y.) made 38 saves.
Fries staked New England College to a 1-0 advantage with the first of his two tallies at 18:38 of the first period. Wiesner tied just 1:35 into the second period with a one-timer from the right point, and Marcinik redirected another blast from the blue line by Casey for his first career goal to give the Green and White a 2-1 lead at the 9:15 mark.
The Pilgrims were whistled for a tripping penalty late in the second, but Fries stripped a Babson defender at center ice and scored a shorthanded goal on a breakaway just 40 seconds from intermission. The Beavers went back in front 3-2 when Egan put away the rebound of a shot by Corrigan 2:10 into the third, only to see New England College respond with a pair of goals less than two minutes apart.
Whitehair tied it when he cleaned up the rebound of a shot from the point at 4:56 and Walsh put the hosts ahead by finishing a centering pass to make it 4-3 at the 6:43 mark. The lead lasted less than a minute though, as Rosa corralled a loose puck in front and beat Pupplo 46 seconds later to pull even at 4-4.
Babson killed off a penalty late in regulation and New England College kept the Green and White off the board following a boarding penalty early in overtime. Pompa stopped 15 shots over the final period and the extra session to keep the game deadlocked.
The Beavers finished with a 42-35 edge in shots, went 2-for-4 on the power play, and successfully killed off all four of the Pilgrims' extra-man opportunities.
Both teams return to action next Friday at 7 p.m. as Babson travels to Norwich, while New England College visits Johnson & Wales.
• The Beavers are 41-21-8 all-time against the Pilgrims and both meetings this season ended in a tie.
• Babson, which entered the game with the longest road winning streak in Division III, is now 7-0-1 this season on the road.
• The trio of Black, Rosa and Egan has now combined for eight goals, 12 assists and 20 points over the last four contests.
• The Green and White is now 10-2-1 this season when allowing the first goal of the game.