BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Dan Casey (Chatham, N.J.) scored a pair of goals and sophomore goaltender Bryan Botcher (Mequon, Wis.) made a career-high 45 saves to help Babson College finish in a 2-2 overtime tie with No. 1 USCHO.com/No. 1 D3hockey.com Norwich University in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men's ice hockey action on Friday night at the Babson Skating Center.
Babson, which is now unbeaten over its last six games, moves to 12-7-3 overall and 9-4-2 in the conference, while Norwich (19-1-3, 14-1-1 NEHC) extends its unbeaten streak to 17 games.
Senior Bill Seligman (Toronto, Ontario) finished with an assist for the Beavers, who were outshot 47-32 on the night.
First-year Todd Jackson (Holly Springs, N.C.) had a goal and an assist for the Cadets, who got 30 saves from senior Ty Reichenbach (Billings, Mont.).
Norwich outshot the Green and White 16-10 in a scoreless first period before taking the lead just 39 seconds into the second when Jackson knocked home a rebound in the slot for his fifth goal of the season. The Beavers tied the game at the 15:09 mark though, as a Cadets' clearing pass was deflected by Casey and past Reichenbach.
Babson was whistled for one of its two penalties at 16:35 of the second period, but Botcher came up with a pair of saves and Casey gave the hosts a 2-1 lead with a shorthanded goal at the 18:27 mark. Casey gained control of the loose puck at the edge of the neutral zone and then took a return pass from Seligman on a 2-on-1 for a shot that trickled through Reichenbach for his sixth tally of the season.
Botcher made eight of his 14 third-period saves over the first eight minutes of the stanza, but Norwich tied the game on senior Cody Smith's (Hudson, Mass.) goal at 9:46. Jackson won an offensive-zone face-off back to senior Tyler Piacentini (South Weymouth, Mass.) along the boards and he fed Smith, who ripped a slapshot from the left point that Botcher never saw.
The Cadets were unable to take advantage of a power play with 1:51 left in regulation, and Reichenbach made stops on Seligman and junior Matt McMorrow (Pearl River, N.Y.) in overtime to keep the game deadlocked.
Both teams return to action on Saturday at 4 p.m. as Babson hosts Saint Michael's in its regular season home finale, while Norwich visits UMass Boston.
• The Beavers are 24-39-7 all-time against Norwich with the teams having split their last five meetings (2-2-1).
• Babson is 0-1-3 in overtime this season, and Friday's tie was its first against the Cadets since a 2-2 result back on February 15, 2013, in Babson Park.
• The Beavers are 8-1-1 at home this season and 44-5-4 at the Babson Skating Center going back to the start of the 2013-14 campaign.
• Babson is 6-6-3 on the year when allowing the first goal of the game.