BABSON PARK, Mass.- Senior Zach Phelps (Manorville, Pa.) finished with two goals and an assist for three points as Babson College defeated visiting Lake Forest College, 4-1, in non-conference men's ice hockey action on Saturday afternoon at the Babson Skating Center.
With the win, Babson improves to 7-4-1 overall, while Lake Forest drops to 7-5-0 on the season.
Sophomore Josh Beck (Scituate, Mass.) and first-year Nick Rosa (Birmingham, Mich.) each netted a goal, while senior Jake Donahue (Groveland, Mass.) earned two points on the afternoon with a pair of assists. Senior Matt Holtshouser (Manchester, N.H), sophomore Ryan McDougall (Milton, Mass.), and first-year Cooper Norton (Williston, Vt.) recorded one assist apiece in the win.
First-year Joe Sardina (Red Oak, Texas) scored the lone goal for the Foresters.
Both teams killed off penalties midway through the first period before Phelps stuffed home a rebound for his third goal of the season just over four minutes before intermission to give the Green and White a 1-0 lead. Junior goaltender Matt Pompa (Palm City, Fla.) turned away nine shots in the second period, making a pair of saves around a shot by Lake Forest junior Cory Guidorzi (St. Louis, Mo.) that rang off the pipe with just over eight minutes to go in the frame. The Beavers rewarded his work between the pipes when Beck collected a loose puck and beat Foresters' junior netminder Louis-Phillipe De Courcy (Quebec City, Quebec) with a rebound on top of the crease to make it 2-0 at 16:16 of middle period.
Lake Forest pulled De Courcy for an extra attacker with 3:59 to go in regulation, and Sardina notched his seventh goal off a centering pass from sophomore Austin Aksoy (Lewiston, N.Y.) to get the Foresters on the board and cut the Beavers' lead to 2-1 with 2:11 to go. Babson was whistled for a delayed penalty just prior to the goal, and the visitors turned their power play into a 6-on-4 advantage by pulling De Courcy again with 1:04 left. The Green and White made them pay though, as Rosa buried an empty netter at the 19:07 mark, while Phelps won the ensuing face-off and threw it on net for another shorthanded empty net tally, and the first two-goal game of his career, at the 19:11 mark.
Pompa made 16 of his 33 saves over the final 20 minutes, while De Courcy stopped 23 of 25 shots for Lake Forest.
The Foresters finished with a 34-27 edge in shots, and the teams cominbed to go 0-for-5 on the power play.
Babson hits the road for the W.B Mason Winter Classic in Plattsburgh, N.Y., where it will take on Endicott next Friday at 4 p.m., while Lake Forest heads to Curry for a 1:50 p.m. game on Sunday.
• The Beavers are now 3-0 all-time against Lake Forest, which includes wins in both 1989 and 1995.
• Babson is now 6-1-0 when scoring first and 7-0-0 when leading after two periods this season.
• Rosa has now scored in three straight games for the Beavers going back to December 1.
• Babson is 3-0-1 at home this winter and improves to 24-3-3 at the Babson Skating Center going back to the start of the 2015-16 campaign.