BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior Rob Devaney (Reading, Mass.) finished with two goals and one assist to help head coach Jamie Rice collect the 200th win of his career as No. 15 USCHO.com/No. 13 D3hockey.com Babson College defeated visiting Castleton University, 4-1, in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men's ice hockey action on Saturday afternoon at the Babson Skating Center.
With its third straight victory, Babson is now 3-1-1 overall and 2-0-0 in conference play, while Castleton drops to 3-2-1 overall and 1-3-0 in the NEHC.
Senior Michael Phillips (Richmond Heights, Ohio) and junior Ryan Gouveia (Dartmouth, Mass.) each had a goal and two assists for the Beavers. Juniors Charlie Ackerman (Bradenton, Fla.) and Matt Holthouser (Manchester, N.H.) and first-year Tommy Munichiello (Weymouth, Mass.) also chipped in with one assist apiece in the victory.
Senior Brock Labelle (Memphis, Tenn.) had a goal and sophomore Gus Carlsson (Orebro, Sweden) recorded an assist for the Spartans, who got 29 saves from junior goaltender Brody Wagner (Shillington, Pa.).
LaBelle got Castleton on the board at 7:22 of the first period before the Green and White responded with four unanswered goals, three of which came on the power play. Devaney tied the game just 22 seconds before the first intermission with the first of his two power play tallies, and Phillips gave Babson the lead on assists from Holtshouser and Gouveia at 11:37 of the second period.
Beavers' sophomore goaltender Bryan Botcher (Mequon, Wis.) made six of his 12 second-period saves to help kill off a pair of penalties, and Babson tacked on a pair of third-period power play goals to put the game away. Devaney scored his second of the game and fourth of the season just 3:31 into the stanza and Gouveia followed with his third tally of the year at the 13:38 mark to give the hosts a three-goal lead.
Botcher made a career-high 25 saves for Babson to improve to 2-0-1 on the season.
The Beavers finished with a 33-26 edge in shots and went 3-for-7 on the power play while killing off all three of the Spartans' man-advantage opportunities.
Both teams return to action next Friday at 7 p.m. as Babson hosts Southern Maine, while Castleton takes on Saint Michael's.
• The Beavers are now 14-5-3 all-time against Castleton and have won four of their last five games against the Spartans.
• Babson is now 3-0-1 this season when allowing the first goal of the game.
• The Beavers have now scored eight power play goals over their last four games.
• The Green and White has won five straight at home and is 10-0-1 over its last 11 games at the Babson Skating Center.