BABSON PARK, Mass.—First-year Mike Ferraro (Northbridge, Mass.) scored the go-ahead goal at 17:58 of the third period as visiting Saint Anselm College edged Babson College, 2-1, in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men's ice hockey action on Saturday at the Babson Skating Center.
Babson, which was unbeaten in 16 straight games at home entering the day, is now 8-6-1 overall and 5-3-0 in conference play, while Saint Anselm improves to 7-6-1 overall and 3-5-0 in the NEHC.
Junior Joe DePietto (Westbury, N.Y.) scored his first goal of the season for the Beavers, who got 30 saves from sophomore goaltender Bryan Botcher (Mequon, Ill.).
Senior CJ Blaszka (Brookfield, Conn.) had a goal and classmate Peter Sikalis (Acton, Mass.) contributed an assist for the Hawks. Junior netminder Shane Joyce (Pembroke, Mass.) turned away 35 shots to earn his sixth victory of the season.
Saint Anselm jumped on top 1-0 at 13:38 of the first period when Blaszka tipped Sikalis' shot from the left point past Botcher for his fifth goal of the season. Joyce made a great save to deny Babson senior Dan Casey (Chatham, N.J.) at the left post with less than three minutes to go in the period, and then got a piece of another blast by Casey in the closing seconds of the stanza to carry a one-goal lead into the first intermission.
The Green and White was unable to take advantage of three second-period power play opportunities, but pulled even when DePietto collected a loose puck and beat Joyce over the shoulder from the right face-off circle with 1:00 to go in the frame. The Hawks killed off another penalty early in the third and nearly went ahead just seconds later, but Ferraro's blast rang off the pipe and out of danger.
The Beavers killed off a slashing penalty at the 9:42 mark, and then went on the power play again with 5:03 to play when junior Charlie Ackerman (Bradenton, Fla.) was dragged down in the slot. Joyce made three stops on the ensuing power play, and Ferraro put Saint Anselm ahead for good with just 2:02 left when he collected a loose puck and slipped a shot inside the near post for his fifth goal of the season.
Babson, which finished 0-for-5 on the power play, finished with a 36-32 edge in shots, while the Hawks went 0-for-2 on the power play.
The Beavers return to action on Thursday when they take on UMass Boston at Fenway Park at 7:30 p.m. Saint Anselm hosts Skidmore in the first of three straight home games on Friday at 7 p.m.
• Babson is 39-21-4 all-time against Saint Anselm.
• The Beavers entered the day with an 8-0 mark at home this season, and were unbeaten over their last 13 contests at the Babson Skating Center against NEHC foes.
• Babson is 4-5-1 when trailing after the first period this season.
• The Beavers are now 6-3-0 on the year when allowing two goals or less.