BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore Christian Faggas (Norwood, Mass.) scored twice and senior Matt Brazel (Hingham, Mass.) added a goal and two assists to help No. 14 USCHO.com/No. 15 D3hockey.com Babson College defeat visiting Johnson & Wales University, 5-1, in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men's ice hockey action on Friday night inside the Babson Skating Center.
With the win, Babson improves to 14-4-2 overall and 9-2-2 in league play, while Johnson & Wales slips to 4-13-3 overall and 2-9-2 in the NEHC.
Junior Ryan McDougall (Milton, Mass.) had a goal and an assist and first-year Mike Egan (Billerica, Mass.) scored once for the Beavers. Senior Stevie DeForge (Norwood, Mass.), sophomore Brendan Casey (Glastonbury, Conn.) and first-years Cole Sanderson (Basking Ridge, N.J.) and Ryan Black (Pomfret, Conn.) each contributed an assist, while senior goaltender Bryan Botcher (Mequon, Wis.) made 13 saves to earn his eighth win of the year.
First-year Jake Glod (Cumberland, R.I.) scored the lone goal for the Wildcats, who got a career-high 58 saves from sophomore netminder Mike Rockwell (Poughquag, N.Y.).
The Green and White took a 1-0 lead just 3:59 into the contest when Black gained possession of the puck in the neutral zone and drove the net to set up Egan's 11th goal of the year with a centering feed. The Beavers had two good shorthanded chances and successfully killed off a Johnson & Wales power play at the 12:39 mark only to see the Wildcats pull even on Glod's tally to finish off a 2-on-1 opportunity 15 seconds later.
Babson went in front for good just 1:32 into the second period when Brazel chopped down a shot from the point by McDougall and redirected it past Rockwell for a 2-1 advantage. Faggas added to the lead seven minutes later when he took a feed from Casey behind the net and slipped the puck in the backside for his first goal of the night.
Rockwell made eight saves during a Beavers' power play that spanned the final 90 seconds of the second period and the first 3:30 of the second to keep the margin at two. The Wildcats took another penalty for cross-checking though, and McDougall made them pay with a slap shot from the slot for his second goal of the year to make it 4-1 at the 4:14 mark.
Faggas tacked on another insurance goal when he put away Brazel's pass with a one-timer from the slot for the final margin.
The Green and White finished with a 63-14 edge in shots and held Johnson & Wales scoreless on four power play opportunities.
Both teams return to action on Saturday at 4 p.m. as Babson hosts Suffolk, while the Wildcats travel to UMass Boston.
• The Beavers are now 2-0-0 all-time against Johnson & Wales, which joined the NEHC back in July.
• Babson is now 22-of-22 on the penalty kill over the last five games.
• The Green and White improves to 12-1-1 on the year when scoring at least three goals.
• The Beavers are unbeaten this season (7-0-2) when scoring on the power play.