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No. 15/13 Men's Ice Hockey Fights Off Skidmore in NEHC Opener, 2-1

No. 15/13 Men's Ice Hockey Fights Off Skidmore in NEHC Opener, 2-1

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Bill Seligman (Toronto, Ontario) scored on the power play at 14:41 of the third period to lift No. 15 USCHO.com/No. 13 D3hockey.com Babson College to a 2-1 win over visiting Skidmore College in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men's ice hockey action on Friday night at the Babson Skating Center.

With its second consecutive victory, Babson is now 2-1-1 overall and 1-0-0 in conference play, while Skidmore slips to 2-2-0 overall and 2-1-0 in the NEHC.

Junior Rob Devaney (Reading, Mass.) had a goal and sophomore Tommy Munichiello (Weymouth, Mass.) finished with two assists for the Beavers. Seligman and senior Tim Searles (Chesapeake, Va.) each contributed one assist apiece, while sophomore goaltender Matt Pompa (Palm City, Fla.) finished with 36 saves to earn his first win of the year.

Senior Connor Van Arnam (Northfield, Vt.) scored for the Thoroughbreds, who got assists from classmate Marc Cibelli (Liverpool, N.Y.) and first-year Matt Wolf (Naperville, Ill.). Senior netminder Jack McDonald (King City, Ontario) finished with 29 saves in the loss.

Skidmore scored the only goal of the opening period on the power play at the 9:16 mark. Pompa made back-to-back saves on Cibelli and Wolf, but Van Arnam atoned for hitting the post earlier on the power play with his first goal of the season to take a 1-0 lead.

McDonald helped the Thoroughbreds maintain their advantage for much of the second period. He stuffed Searles at the post just 1:33 into the stanza and later stopped McMorrow on a breakaway before the Beavers broke through on a power play late in the stanza. Following a rush up ice, Munichiello's initial shot didn't make it on goal, but Devaney was there to stuff home the rebound for his second tally with 3:48 left in the period.

Pompa made six of his 20 third-period saves to help kill off a Skidmore power play midway through the frame. McDonald kept the game deadlocked with a pad save on Beavers' junior Ryan Gouveia (Dartmouth, Mass.) with a little over nine minutes left, but the hosts took advantage of a Thoroughbreds' tripping penalty when Seligman converted a feed from Searles to go in front for good with 5:19 remaining.

The Green and White again leaned on Pompa late in the period as he made six more saves, which included one during 63 seconds of a 5-on-3 Skidmore power play with less than three minutes left to close out the win.

The Thoroughbreds finished with a 37-31 edge in shots, while the Beavers went 2-for-6 on the power play.

Both teams return to the ice on Saturday at 4 p.m. as Babson hosts Castleton, while Skidmore visits second-ranked UMass Boston.

GAME NOTES
•    The Beavers are 26-6-1 all-time against Skidmore and have won nine straight meetings between the teams.
•    Babson is now 2-0-1 when allowing the first goal this season.
•    The Beavers, who are 9-0-1 over their last 10 games at home, have gone 27-2-3 since the start of the 2013-14 campaign against conference foes inside the Babson Skating Center.
•    Searles extended his points streak against Skidmore to seven games with a third-period assist and has produced two goals and seven assists during that stretch.

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