Beavers Explode for Five First Period Goals, Roll to Third Straight Win
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Stevie DeForge (Norwood, Mass.) recorded his first career hat trick and No. 14 USCHO.com/No. 15 D3hockey.com Babson College scored five times in the first period en route to defeating visiting Suffolk University, 8-3, in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men's ice hockey action on Saturday afternoon at the Babson Skating Center.
With its third straight win, Babson improves to 15-4-2 overall and 10-2-2 in league play, while Suffolk drops to 7-13-0 overall and 4-10-0 in the NEHC with its fourth straight loss.
DeForge tacked on an assist to finish with a career-high four points, first-year Matt Wiesner (Newport Beach, Calif.) had two goals, and classmates Mike Egan (Billerica, Mass.) and Trevor Marcinick (Dublin, Ohio) both registered two assists to lead the Beavers. Junior Ryan McDougall (Milton, Mass.) and first-year Max Torrez (Framingham, Mass.) each contributed a goal and an assist, and fellow rookie Ryan Black (Pomfret, Conn.) chipped in with a goal in the win.
Senior goaltender Matt Pompa (Palm City, Fla.) earned his seventh win of the season by turning away 33 of 36 shots for Babson.
Senior Mikhail Bryan (Dayton, Ohio), junior Brian Brooks (Canton, Mass.) and sophomore Miller Rubin (Long Grove, Ill.) all scored for the Rams. Junior Will Ribas (Westwood, Mass.), who entered the game at the 9:53 mark of the first period, made 32 saves in relief of senior Michael Levine (Clarendon, Ill.), who stopped just one of five shots to open the game.
Bryan scored 66 seconds into the opening period to give Suffolk a 1-0 lead before the Green and White ripped off five straight goals to end the stanza. Black went five-hole to tie it at the 2:32 mark and McDougall followed with a blast from the left point to give the Beavers the lead just 18 seconds later.
DeForge made it 3-1 with his first tally at 8:05 and Wiesner cleaned up the rebound of another slap shot from the point by McDougall to chase Levine at the 9:53 mark. DeForge capped the first-period fireworks when he gathered a loose puck following a Suffolk giveaway and beat Ribas from the slot to extend the lead to 5-1.
Brooks scored on the power play to get the Rams within 5-2 at 13:20 of the second period, but the Beavers put the game away with a trio of third-period goals. Wiesner cleaned up the rebound of a shot by first-year Ryan Campbell (Scituate, Mass.) with just over eight minutes to play. Rubin answered off a feed from sophomore Jack Kelly (Arlington, Mass.) off the ensuing face-off, but DeForge put away a wrist shot from the left face-off circle 36 seconds later to make it 7-3.
Torrez scored the final goal of the night for Babson when he redirected DeForge's centering pass with 1:10 to go in the contest.
The Beavers finished with a 37-36 edge in shots and both teams scored once on the power play.
Both squads are back in action next Friday at 7 p.m. as Babson travels to Hobart, while Suffolk hosts Norwich.
• The Beavers are 4-0-0 all-time against Suffolk.
• With Saturday's victory, Babson has now won at least 15 games in seven consecutive seasons going back to 2013.
• The Beavers scored eight goals on Saturday for the first time since an 8-0 triumph at Southern Maine on November 20, 2015.
• DeForge's hat trick is the program's first in just over a year. Ryan Gouveia '18 scored the final three goals in a 4-0 victory at Skidmore for his first career hat trick on January 13, 2018.