NORTHFIELD, Vt.—No. 5 USCHO.com/No. 6 D3hockey.com Norwich University scored four unanswered goals over the final two periods to rally for a 4-2 victory over visiting Babson College in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men's ice hockey action on Saturday afternoon at Kreitzberg Arena.
With the loss, Babson drops to 1-2-0 overall and 1-1-0 in league play, while Norwich improves to 2-1-0 overall and 2-0-0 in the NEHC.
Seniros Joe DePietto (Westbury, N.Y.) and Zach Phelps (Manorville, Pa.) both had goal for the Beavers, while classmates Rob Devaney (Reading, Mass.) and Matt McMorrow (Pearl River, N.Y.), and first-year Christian Faggas (Norwood, Mass.) all chipped in with an assist. Junior Matt Pompa (Palm City, Fla.) stopped 28 of 31 shots in the loss.
First-year Felix Brassard (St. Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec) produced a goal and an assist, while senior Connor Evangelista (Wakefield, Mass.) and sophomores Todd Jackson (Holy Springs, N.C.) and TJ Dockery (Lockport, N.Y.) all scored once for the Cadets. Senior Braeden Ostepchuk (Lethbridge, Alberta) finished with 22 saves, and turned away all 17 shots he faced over the final two periods.
The Green and White got off to a fast start as Phelps scored his first goal of the season with a wrist shot just 2:29 into the contest. DePietto added to the lead less than five minutes later when he beat Ostepchuck with a blast from the right point following a face-off win by McMorrow to make it 2-0.
Brassard got Norwich on the board midway through the second period when he gathered a loose puck in the slot and fired a shot over Pompa's left shoulder for his first career goal. Evangelista then tied the game at 2-2 with a shot through traffic from the point for his first tally of the year.
The Cadets took their first lead of the game at 10:43 of the third period on Dockery's slap shot from the top of the right circle, and then killed off a Babson power play less than three minutes later to maintain a 3-2 advantage. The Beavers pulled Pompa with 2:57 to go, but were forced to put him back in 1:11 later when they were whistled for a penalty. Pompa left the ice again with 43 seconds to go and Jackson added an empty net power play goal at the 19:31 mark for the final margin.
Norwich finished with a 32-24 edge in shots and went 1-for-4 on the power play. The Green and White recorded just one shot on its only extra-man opportunity.
Both teams return to action on Friday at 7 p.m. as Babson travels to New England College, while the Cadets visit Skidmore.
• The Beavers are 24-40-7 all-time against Norwich.
• Babson's senior class has accounted for seven of 10 goals and 10 of 15 assists through the first three games.
• Faggas picked up his first collegiate point on Saturday, while senior Jake Donahue (Groveland, Mass.) appeared in the lineup as a forward for the first time in his Babson career after playing 74 games as a defenseman.
• Saturday's contest was the first in the month of November between the Beavers and Cadets since 1990.