BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore Matt Brazel (Hingham, Mass.) finished with a goal and an assist and classmate Matt Pompa (Palm City, Fla.) turned away 32 shots to help Babson College defeat visiting Saint Michael's College, 4-0, in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men's ice hockey action on Saturday afternoon at the Babson Skating Center.
Babson, which is unbeaten in its last seven games, improves to 13-7-3 overall and 10-4-2 in conference play, while Saint Michael's slips to 8-14-2 overall and 4-12-1 in the NEHC.
Juniors Ryan Gouveia (Dartmouth, Mass.), Matt McMorrow (Pearl River, N.Y.) and Zach Phelps (Manorville, Pa.) all scored for the Beavers, while classmate Charlie Ackerman (Bradenton, Fla.) led all players with two assists. Seniors Dan Casey (Chatham, N.J.), Michael Phillips (Richmond Heights, Ohio) and Bill Seligman (Toronto, Ontario) each recorded one assist, and classmate Gene Lane (Plymouth, Mass.) stopped one shot over the final 2:13 to finish off Babson's third shutout in five games.
Sophomore Chris Johnson (Duxbury, Mass.) made 23 saves over the first two periods before giving way to first-year Tim Decker (Liverpool, N.Y.), who turned away eight third-period shots for the Purple Knights.
Brazel gave the Green and White a 1-0 lead just 32 seconds after Saint Michael's was whistled for a boarding penalty when he redirected a shot from the point by Ackerman for his second goal of the season at 8:30 of the first period. Johnson made 12 saves over the opening 20 minutes, but the Beavers broke through with three second-period goals to the take command of the game.
McMorrow made it 2-0 with a beautiful wraparound goal, his third of the season, at the 5:36 mark. Phelps made it a three-goal margin with his first collegiate tally on a wrist shot from the right face-off circle at 15:37, and Gouveia followed with his fourth goal of the season just 68 seconds later with a blast from in between the circles to give Babson a 4-0 advantage.
The lead was more than enough for Pompa, who has not allowed a goal in 98 minutes of action over his last two starts. He made nine third period saves to lower his goals against average to 1.77 on the year before being replaced by Lane with 2:13 remaining.
The Beavers finished with a 35-33 edge in shots and went 1-for-3 on the power play. Saint Michael's went 0-for-1 with three shots on its only power play opportunity of the game.
Babson returns to action on Friday when it travels to Saint Anselm at 7 p.m., while Saint Michael's hosts top-ranked Norwich in its regular season finale next Saturday at 4 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 22-3-1 all-time against Saint Michael's.
• Babson is now 12-1-1 this season when scoring a power play goal.
• Over the last 12 games, the Beavers are 27-of-28 on the penalty kill.
• Saturday's game marked the final regular season home game for Casey, Lane, Phillips, Seligman and fellow seniors Tim Searles and Patrick Young. Babson's six seniors own a career record of 73-24-12 to go along with the 2014 ECAC East regular season and tournament championships.
• The Beavers are 13-3-4 in the month of February since 2014.