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No. 10/11 Men's Ice Hockey Drops Season Opener at No. 6/6 Hobart, 3-1

No. 10/11 Men's Ice Hockey Drops Season Opener at No. 6/6 Hobart, 3-1

GENEVA, N.Y.—Sixth-ranked Hobart College scored three unanswered goals in the third period to edge No. 10 D3hockey.com/No. 11 USCHO.com Babson College, 3-1, in non-conference men's ice hockey action on Friday night at the The Cooler.

Junior Ryan Gouveia (Dartmouth, Mass.) had a goal and senior Michael Phillips (Richmond Heights, Ohio) and junior Rob Devaney (Reading, Mass.) chipped in with an assist for the Beavers (0-1-0). Sophomore Matt Pompa (Palm City, Fla.) made a career-high 39 saves in the loss.

Senior Bobby Sokol (Belle Vernon, Pa.) scored a pair of goals for the Statesmen (1-0-0), who got 34 saves from junior netminder Frank Oplinger (Sewickley, Pa.).

The Green and White successfully killed off a pair of penalties in the opening 10 minutes of the game and then grabbed a 1-0 lead on Gouveia's goal just 63 seconds into the second period. Phillips gained control of the puck behind the net and threw it back in front for Gouveia, who was able to deflect it past Oplinger for his fourth career tally.

Pompa made five of his 14 second-period saves on a Hobart power play midway through the second period, and then denied senior Nick Bingaman (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) on a breakaway 31 seconds into the third. The Statesmen killed off a pair of Babson 5-on-3 opportunities early in the final stanza and then pulled even when Sokol lifted a rebound over the pads of Pompa with 8:49 remaining.

Hobart took a 2-1 lead on a power play goal by senior Bo Webster (Aurora, Ontario) at 15:47 of the third and Sokol tacked on an empty net score with 20 seconds left for the final margin.

The Statesmen held a 42-35 edge in shots and went 1-for-7 on the power play while the Beavers finished 0-for-6.

Babson and Hobart will wrap up their season-opening two-game series on Saturday at 4 p.m.

GAME NOTES
•    The Beavers are now 9-2-0 all-time against Hobart.
•    Babson entered the night having won its last three season openers going back to 2013.
•    Gouveia has scored in three consecutive games going back to last season and Phillips has contributed at least one point in four of his last five contests.
•    Babson is 1-2-1 going back to the start of last year against ECAC West opponents.

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