Pompa Makes Career-High 46 Saves, Rosa Scores in Shootout for Beavers
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y.—Junior goaltender Matt Pompa (Palm City, Fla.) made a career-high 46 saves and first-year Nick Rosa (Birmingham, Mich.) scored the only goal of the shootout as Babson College played to a 1-1 overtime draw against No. 2 USCHO.com/No. 3 D3hockey.com Endicott College before advancing past the Gulls in the opening round of the W.B. Mason Winter Classic on Friday evening at the Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena.
Babson is now 7-4-2 overall, while Endicott is 13-1-1 after seeing its 13-game winning streak come to an end.
Rosa scored for the fourth consecutive games late in the third period for the Beavers, while senior Bobby Hall (Westwood, Mass.) and first-year Patrick Flynn (Framingham, Mass.) each finished with an assist.
Junior Cam Bleck (Lake Forest, Ill.) had a goal, while sophomore Jason Kalinowski (Stamford, Conn.) and junior Logan Day (Seminole, Fla.) both picked up an assist for the Gulls, who got 32 saves from sophomore goaltender Justin Ketola (Esko, Minn.).
Endicott took advantage of its third power play to break a scoreless deadlock on Bleck's third goal of the year with 7:41 to go in the third period. The Green and White didn't need long to respond though, as Rosa stuffed home the rebound of a shot by Hall that squirted through Ketola to make it 1-1 with 6:25 remaining.
Ketola stopped three shots to kill off a Babson power play in the 4-on-4 overtime period, and both goaltenders were superb during the five-minute period of 3-on-3 overtime before Rosa scored for the Beavers in the second round of the shootout.
Pompa made 16 first-period saves and then made a pair of key stops early in the second, diving to his left to deny Kalinowski's rebound attempt less than a minute into the frame, and sliding right-to-left to rob sophomore Jack Kilty (Medway, Mass.) on an odd-man rush as part of a Gulls' power play at the 5:26 mark. He stopped Kilty again before Endicott junior Ross Olsson's (Billerica, Mass.) shot came to rest against the left post with just over five minutes to go in the period.
First-years Christian Faggas (Norwood, Mass.) and Brendan Casey (Glastonbury, Conn.) both hit the pipe for the Beavers in the second period, and senior Ryan Gouveia (Dartmouth, Mass.) beat a defender at the blue line before missing just wide with under two minutes to go in the third.
Babson will take on either Plattsburgh or Tufts in the W.B. Mason Winter Classic title game on Saturday at 7 p.m., while Endicott will play in the consolation game at 4 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 0-1-1 all-time against Endicott.
• Babson is 1-2-3 over its last six games against nationally-ranked opponents going back to February of last season.
• The Green and White is 5-0-1 this season and 17-2-1 since the start of the 2015-16 campaign when allowing one goal.
• Pompa's 46 saves are the most by a Babson goaltender since Jamie Murray '16 stopped 46 shots in a 3-2 loss at Norwich on January 10, 2015.