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Pompa, Men's Ice Hockey Blank Saint Anselm, 1-0

Pompa, Men's Ice Hockey Blank Saint Anselm, 1-0

MANCHESTER, N.H.—Senior Michael Phillips (Richmond Heights, Ohio) scored at 12:20 of the first period and sophomore goaltender Matt Pompa (Palm City, Fla.) made it stand up with 29 saves as visiting Babson College defeated Saint Anselm College, 1-0, on Friday night in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men's ice hockey action at Sullivan Arena.

Babson, which is unbeaten in eight consecutive games, is now 14-7-3 overall and 11-4-2 in conference play, while Saint Anselm slips to 11-11-2 overall and 6-10-1 in the NEHC.

Sophomore Tommy Munichiello (Weymouth, Mass.) and first-year Connor Dahlman (Stamford, Conn.) both recorded an assist for the Beavers, who moved to 4-0-2 in their last six road games. Pompa, who made 11 third-period saves, posted his fifth career shutout and has not allowed a goal in three straight starts. He also extended his shutout minutes streak to 170:20 going back to the third period of a 2-2 tie at Castleton on January 20.

Sophomore Colin Soucy (North Andover, Mass.), who was making just his eighth start of the season, dropped to 2-5-0 despite making 33 saves on the night for the Hawks.

Soucy made a kick save on Munichiello's shot from the slot, but Phillips lifted the rebound into the back of the net for his sixth goal of the year to give the Green and White a 1-0 lead with less than eight minutes to go in the first period. Soucy made stop on sophomore Matt Brazel (Hingham, Mass.) before junior Ryan Gouveia (Dartmouth, Mass.) hit the pipe late in the first to keep the margin at one.

Both teams killed off penalties over the first eight minutes of the second period, and Soucy made six saves during 55 seconds of a Beavers' 5-on-3 power play midway through the stanza. Pompa made three saves to help kill off a Babson penalty early in the third that ended just after Saint Anselm first-year Trey Aiello (Williamsburg, Va.) hit the post.

The Green and White blocked 16 shots on the night and Pompa denied senior Nick Leonard (Methuen, Mass.) in the closing seconds of the game after the Hawks pulled Soucy to close out the win.

The Beavers finished with a 34-29 edge in shots, while the teams combined to go 0-for-5 on the power play.

Both teams will wrap up the regular season on Saturday at 4 p.m. as Babson visits New England College, while Saint Anselm hosts UMass Boston.

•    The Beavers, who split the season series with Saint Anselm, are now 40-21-4 all-time against the Hawks.
•    The 1-0 victory was the second in six outings for Babson, which is now 7-2 this season in games decided by a single goal.
•    The Beavers, who entered the night ranked fifth in Division III in scoring defense, have posted four shutouts while allowing just three goals over their last six games.
•    Phillips has scored four goals to go along with two assists for six points in eight career games against Saint Anselm.