WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass.—Williams College scored three times in the second period on its way to defeating visiting Babson College, 4-1, in non-conference men's ice hockey action on Saturday afternoon at Lansing Chapman Rink.
Babson, which saw its five-game unbeaten streak come to an end, is now 5-3-1 on the year, while Williams stays perfect at 3-0-0.
Sophomore Josh Beck (Scituate, Mass.) scored his first career goal, while senior Rob Devaney (Reading, Mass.) chipped in with an assist for the Beavers. Junior goaltender Matt Pompa (Palm City, Fla.) finished with 22 saves in the loss.
Senior CJ Shugart (Toronto, Ontario) had two goals and one assist and classmate David Italiano (Toronto, Ontario) had a goal and an assist for the Ephs. First-year Myles Cunningham (Minneapolis, Minn.) and junior Roberto Cellini (Montreal, Quebec) finished with two assists apiece, while classmate Michael Pinios (Laval, Quebec) turned away 29 shots in the victory.
Following a scoreless first period, Williams scored twice in a two-minute span early in the second. Italiano stuffed home a rebound at the top of the crease just 2:46 into the stanza and Shugart followed with the first of his two goals off another rebound to make it 2-0 at the 4:46 mark.
The Ephs extended their lead to 3-0 when senior Colby Cretella (Guilford, Conn.) beat Pompa with a wrist shot from the bottom of the right face-off circle at 12:05 of the second period. The Green and White cut the deficit back to 3-1 with a power play tally from Beck, who carried the puck into the zone on the left wing and fired a wrister past Pinios with 3:29 to go in the frame.
Babson had a pair of power play opportunities in the opening five minutes of the third period, but was limited to just one shot on goal. The Beavers, who were whistled for their sixth penalty of the game at the 16:08 mark of the third, pulled Pompa with 2:25 left only to see Shugart put the game away with an empty net power play goal seconds later.
The Beavers outshot Williams 30-26 and went 1-for-5 on the power play. The Ephs finished 1-for-6 on the power play.
Both teams return to action on Friday at 7 p.m. as Babson hosts nationally-ranked UMass Boston, while Williams visits Tufts.
• The Beavers are now 19-23-3 all-time against Williams, with the home team having won three straight games in the series.
• The Green and White has scored on the power play in four consecutive games, its longest streak since netting a power play goal in five straight contests last November.
• Devaney extended his points steak to four games with a second-period assist.
• Babson is now 0-2-1 on the year when allowing the first goal.