PAWTUCKET, RI – Junior Patrick Flynn (Framingham, Mass.) registered his first career hat trick and the duo of sophomore Aidan Murphy (Walpole, Mass.) and first-year Nolan Hildebrand (Penticton, British Columbia) combined for 19 saves as Babson College defeated Johnson & Wales University, 11-2, in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men's ice hockey action on Saturday night inside the Lynch Arena.
Babson, which will play its final three NEHC regular-season games at home, improves to 16-4-2 overall and 11-3-1 in league play, while Johnson & Wales slips to 4-19-0 overall and 1-15-0 in the NEHC.
Sophomore Ryan Black (Pomfret, Conn.) and classmate Matt Wiesner (Newport Beach, Calif.) led all players with three assists apiece to go along with one goal each for the Beavers, who scored twice on the power play. Junior Nick Rosa (Birmingham, Mich.) and sophomore Max Torrez (Framingham, Mass.) both found the back of the net twice, while senior Ryan McDougall (Milton, Mass.) and sophomore Mike Egan (Billerica, Mass.) both chipped in with a goal. Senior Connor Dahlman (Stamford, Conn.) and first-year Andrew Holland (Winchester, Mass.) registered two assists each, while junior Christian Faggas (Norwood, Mass.), sophomores Trevor Marcinick (Dublin, Ohio) and Zach Richterman ( Canton, Ohio) and first-year Chris Rooney (Milton, Mass.) all registered one assist apiece.
Murphy stopped 11 shots over the first 40-minutes to improve to 7-2-1, while Hildebrand closed out the game with eight saves in the final 20 minutes of play.
Sophomore Danny Allen (Burrillville, RI) and first-year Kodi Legassie (Orrington, Maine) both found the back of the net, while senior Matt Bernot (Old Westbury, NY), junior Tal Finberg ( Livingston, NJ), and sophomores Matt Gulack (Richboro, Pa.) and Logan Orem (Nashville, Tenn.) all chipped in with an assist for the Wildcats in the loss.
First-year Mike Camasso (Bristol, Conn.) recorded 24 saves in 31:57 minutes of play before giving way to classmate Jeremy Skaife (Lansing, Md.) who made 19 saves over the final 29 minutes for Johnson & Wales.
The Wildcats took advantage of an early power play as Legassie scored off an assist from Bernot and Gulack in the third minute of play. Johnson & Wales' lead was short-lived as Flynn tied it up for the Beavers less than five minutes later sparking a four-goal run. After a penalty for tripping was called on the Wildcats, Black lit the lamp for the Beavers, who would close out the period with goals from Torrrez and Flynn.
The Green & White opened up the second period with back-to-back goals by Rosa to take a 6-1 lead. With 8:03 left in the period, Flynn put one past the Wildcats to log his first career hat trick, while McDougall capped the second period with a goal of his own with 4:44 left on the clock.
The Beavers registered three more goals in the third period as Torrez, Egan, and Wiesner all lit the lamp in a span of seven minutes to give Babson an 11-1 lead. Allen scored for the Wildcats with 4:17 on the clock as Johnson & Wales fell 11-2.
The Beavers went 2-for-3 on the night on the power play and successfully killed off two of the three penalties.
Babson will host Suffolk on Monday at 7 p.m., while Johnson & Wales travels to Norwich on Friday for a 7 p.m. game.
• The Beavers are now 4-0-0 all-time against Johnson & Wales and have outscored the Wildcats 27-4.
• The Green and White have now successfully converted 30-of-83 power play opportunities for a 36.1 percent success rate.
• The Last time the Beavers recorded 11 goals was on February 11, 2005, in a 16-1 win at Castleton State.