Pompa Stops 32 Shots to Record First Shutout of 2016-17
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Babson College got goals from three different players, while sophomore goaltender Matt Pompa (Palm City, Fla.) stopped 32 shots to record his first shutout of the season en route to a 3-0 victory over New England College in New England Hockey conference (NEHC) men's ice hockey action on Friday night at the Babson Skating Center.
With the win, Babson is now 8-5-1 overall and 5-2-0 in league play, while New England College slips to 8-5-0 overall and 5-3-0 in the NEHC.
Senior Bill Seligman (Toronto, Ontario) and juniors Rob Devaney (Reading, Mass.) and Charlie Ackerman (Bradenton, Fla.) all scored once for the Beavers. Fellow junior Jake Donahue (Groveland, Mass.) and sophomore Tommy Munichiello (Weymouth, Mass.) each contributed two assists apiece, while senior Dan Casey (Chatham, N.J.) and sophomore Matt Brazel (Hingham, Mass.) both added one assist.
Senior netminder Brett Kilar (Coto de Caza, Calif.) finished with 35 saves for the Pilgrims.
Both goaltenders were outstanding in a first period that saw the Green and White outshoot New England College, 17-12. The Beavers killed off a tripping penalty just over two minutes into the stanza, while the Pilgrims stepped up three times on the penalty kill to keep the game scoreless into the second period.
Kilar stopped Devaney on a breakaway just over six minutes into the second period, but the Beavers finally broke through to take a 1-0 lead on Seligman's power play tally at the 11:28 mark. After carrying the puck into the zone, he beat Kilar with a wrist shot from the left face-off circle for his third goal of the season.
Pompa kept the Green and White in front with four stops following a hooking penalty at 16:22 of the second period, and the hosts took advantage by adding an insurance goal just 24 seconds into the third period. Casey sent a diagonal pass through the neutral zone for Devaney, who gained control of the puck inside the blue line and ripped a shot past Kilar for his fifth tally of the year and a 2-0 advantage.
Babson added to its lead at the 9:06 mark when Ackerman stuffed home the rebound of a shot by Munichiello for his fourth goal of the season to make it 3-0. The lead was more than enough for Pompa and the Beavers, who limited the Pilgrims to just five third-period shots.
The Green and White, which finished with a 38-32 edge in shots, went 1-for-4 on the power play, while New England College finished 0-for-2 on the man-advantage.
Both teams return to action on Saturday at 4 p.m. as Babson hosts Saint Anselm, while the Pilgrims to UMass Boston.
• The Beavers are now 39-16-6 all-time against New England College and are unbeaten over their last 11 contests (6-0-5) against the Pilgrims.
• Babson, which is 8-0-0 at home this season, extended its unbeaten streak at the Babson Skating Center to 16 games.
• Pompa, who now owns four career shutouts, lowered his goals against average to 1.72 on the year.
• Seligman has at least one point in four consecutive games against New England College, which includes four goals during that stretch.
• Babson is 6-0-1 this season and has lost just once of its last 27 games when scoring three or more goals.