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Late Goal Helps Men's Ice Hockey Rally for 2-2 Tie at Castleton

Late Goal Helps Men's Ice Hockey Rally for 2-2 Tie at Castleton

RUTLAND, Vt.—Senior Michael Phillips (Richmond Heights, Ohio) scored with 38.6 seconds left in the third period as visiting Babson College and Castleton University played a 2-2 overtime tie in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men's ice hockey action on Friday night at Spartan Arena.

Babson is now 9-7-2 overall and 6-4-1 in conference play, while Castleton, which had its four-game winning streak snapped, moves to 7-8-3 overall and 6-4-1 in the NEHC.

Senior Bill Seligman (Toronto, Ontario) had a goal while juniors Matt McMorrow (Pearl River, N.Y.) and Joe DePietto (Westbury, N.Y.) and sophomores Tommy Munichiello (Weymouth, Mass.) and Matt Brazel (Hingham, Mass.) all finished with one assist apiece for the Beavers. Classmate Matt Pompa (Palm City, Fla.) is now 4-5-1 on the year after making 21 of his 30 saves over the final two periods and overtime.

Seniors Bart Moran (Calgary, Alberta) and Nick Kovalchik (Brownstown, Mich.) each scored once for the Spartans, who got 30 saves from junior Ryan Mulder (Ottawa, Ontario).

The Green and White had two power play opportunities and outshot Castleton 16-9 in a scoreless opening period. The Spartans held a 13-4 edge in second-period shots and broke through with the game's first goal when Kovalchik recorded a shorthanded tally at the 19:34 mark to take a 1-0 lead.

Seligman tied the game at 7:29 of the third period with his fourth goal of the season, but Babson was whistled for an interference penalty at the 10:01 mark and Castleton scored just 24 seconds into its power play when Moran tucked home a rebound to back in front 2-1. The Beavers pulled Pompa with 2:10 remaining and the Spartans had a golden opportunity to tack on an insurance goal after winning the ensuing face-off, but sophomore Caleb Fizer (Sarasota, Fla.) missed wide of the empty net from along the right boards after carrying the puck into the offensive zone.

The Green and White took advantage of the miss and forced overtime on Phillips late tally. Brazel won an offensive zone face-off and Munichiello worked the puck to the point for Phillips, who ripped a one-timer past Mulder for his fourth goal of the season.

The Beavers, who were outshot 4-1 in overtime, went 0-for-4 on the power play.

Both teams return to action on Saturday at 4 p.m. as Babson travels to Skidmore, while Castleton hosts UMass Boston.

GAME NOTES
•    The Beavers are 14-5-4 all-time against Castleton.
•    Friday's tie marked the first time in six games that Babson and Castleton have finished in a deadlock. The last tie between the teams was a 3-3 result on January 31, 2014, in Babson Park.
•    The Beavers are now 7-3-1 this season when allowing two goals or less.
•    DePietto has a point in three of the last four games, while Phillips has two goals and five assists for seven points in eight career games against the Spartans.

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