HENNIKER, N.H.—Senior Ryan Gouveia (Dartmouth, Mass.) scored the go-ahead goal at 16:39 of the third period as visiting Babson College defeated New England College, 3-1, in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men's ice hockey action on Friday night at Lee Clement Arena.
With the win, Babson improves to 2-2-0 overall and 2-1-0 in conference play, while New England College slips to 2-3-0 overall and 1-2-0 in the NEHC.
Senior Rob Devaney (Reading, Mass.) scored once and had an assist, and first-year Christian Faggas (Norwood, Mass.) also notched a goal for the Beavers. Seniors Matt McMorrow (Pearl River, N.Y.) and Matt Holtshouser (Manchester, N.H.) each added an assist, while junior Matt Pompa (Palm city, Fla.) turned away 26 of 27 shots to post his first win of the season.
Senior Joe Osaka (Tokyo, Japan) scored for the Pilgrims, who got 40 saves from classmate Kyle Shapiro (Ocean Township, N.J.) in a losing effort.
Following a scoreless first period, the Green and White took a 1-0 lead when Faggas stuffed home a rebound for his first career goal at the 8:28 mark of the second. Both teams were scoreless on the power play over the first 40 minutes, but that changed when Osaka redirected senior Bryce Nielsen's (Laguna Hills, Calif.) shot from the point to tie the game just 4:55 into the third period.
The Beavers outshot New England College 20-9 in the third period and their pressure paid off when Gouveia notched his first goal of the season following a flurry of shots with under four minutes to go in regulation. Pompa made three saves in a 40-second stretch to preserve the lead, and Devaney finished off the Pilgrims with an empty-net tally with eight seconds remaining in the contest.
Babson, which was 0-for-3 on the power play, finished with a 43-27 edge in shots and won 35-of-59 face-offs on the night.
Both teams return to action on Saturday at 4 p.m. as the Beavers visit Southern Maine, while New England College hosts UMass Boston.
• Babson, which picked up its first win in Henniker since 2014, is now 40-20-6 all-time against New England College.
• The Beavers are 7-3-1 over their last 11 road games going back to January of last season.
• The Green and White is 33-3-1 in the month of November since 2012.
• Babson is 2-0 this season and 30-2-2 since the start of the 2015-16 campaign when scoring three or more goals.