Rice Becomes Program’s All-Time Wins Leader as Men’s Hockey Edges Castleton in OT, 3-2

Rice Becomes Program’s All-Time Wins Leader as  Men’s Hockey Edges Castleton in OT, 3-2

RUTLAND, Vt.—Sophomore Mike Egan (Billerica, Mass.) scored 4:31 into overtime to help visiting Babson College defeat Castleton University, 3-2, in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men's ice hockey action on Saturday afternoon inside Spartan Arena.

With the win, Babson improves to 3-3-0 overall and 2-2-0 in league play. The victory was also the 247th for head coach Jamie Rice '90, which moved him past Steve Stirling for the most wins in program history. Castleton slips to 1-5-1 overall and 1-4-1 in NEHC play with its third straight loss.

Senior Ryan McDougall (Milton, Mass.) and sophomore Trevor Marcinick (Dublin, Ohio) both scored, while senior Connor Dahlman (Stamford, Conn.) and junior Patrick Flynn (Framingham, Mass.) recorded two assists apiece for the Beavers. Sophomores Cam Schmitt (Andover, Mass.) and Matt Wiesner (Newport Beach, Calif.) each chipped in with one assist and classmate Aidan Murphy (Walpole, Mass.) stopped 25 shots to improve to 3-0 on the season between the pipes.

Sophomore Anton Tarvainen (Sipoo, Finland) scored twice and classmate Asa Palker (Manchester, N.H.) picked up two assists for the Spartans, who got 38 saves from fellow sophomore Kyle Alaverdy (Grand Falls-Windsor, Newfoundland).

Marcinick gave the Green and White a 1-0 lead just 24 seconds into the game when he collected Dahlman's shot from the point and lifted it over Alaverdy for his second goal of the year. The lead stood until the 8:23 mark of the third period when McDougall notched his first goal of the season with a blast from the slot on the power play to extend the Babson advantage to 2-0.

Castleton refused to go quietly though as it cut its deficit in half just 63 seconds later on Tarvainen's one-timer from the left faceoff circle. The Spartans pulled even at 14:04 of the third on Tarvainen's second goal. After winning a faceoff back to Palker, he drove to the net and jammed home the rebound of Palker's initial shot from the slot to make it 2-2.

Both teams killed off late penalties and Murphy kept the game deadlocked by denying Tarvainen on a breakaway with a sprawling stop with 1:28 to go in overtime. Egan followed with the game-winning goal just under a minute later as he took a feed from Wiesner and beat Alvaverdy from along the right boards for his third tally of the year.

The Beavers, who finished 1-for-3 on the power play, outshot the Spartans 30-15 over the first two periods and 41-27 for the game.

Babson returns to action on Tuesday when it travels to Tufts at 7 p.m., while Castleton hosts Nazareth on Friday at 7 p.m.

• The Beavers are 19-5-4 all-time against Castleton and are unbeaten over their last nine games (8-0-1) versus the Spartans.
• Saturday's victory was the first for Babson in overtime since a 4-3 win at Skidmore on November 30, 2018.
• The Beavers are unbeaten in their last 10 overtime contests (4-0-6) going back to the start of the 2017-18 campaign.
• Egan has three goals and two assists for five points in three career games against Castleton, while Flynn has produced a goal and five assists for six points in five games versus the Spartans.