PLATTSBURGH, N.Y.—First-year Rich McCartney (Hershey, Pa.) scored twice and Plattsburgh built a three-goal lead early in the third period on its way to defeating visiting Babson College, 4-1, in the championship game of the W.B. Mason Winter Classic on Saturday night inside the Ronald B. Stafford Ice Arena.
With the loss, Babson falls to 7-5-2 on the year, while Plattsburgh improves to 7-7-0 with it second consecutive win.
First-year Patrick Flynn (Framingham, Mass.) and Nick Rosa (Birmingham, Mich.) were named to the all-tournament team for the Beavers. Flynn scored his first career goal late in the third period, while seniors Matt McMorrow (Pearl River, N.Y) and Joe DePietto (Westbury, N.Y.) picked up assists in the loss.
Junior Cole Stallard (Atlanta, Ga.) and first-year Greg Malafronte (Colts Neck, N.J.) each scored once for the Cardinals, who got 29 saves from the the tournament most valuable player, first-year goaltender Lawson Fenton (Medina, N.Y.).
The Green and White killed off a pair of penalties over the first nine minutes, but fell behind on Stallard's third goal of the year 11:17 into the contest. After controlling the puck in the neutral zone, he split a pair of defenders a snuck a shot past Beavers' junior netminder Matt Pompa (Palm City, Fla.) for a 1-0 lead.
McCartney extended Plattsburgh's lead to 2-0 with a blast from the slot at 18:19 of the second period, and then added an insurance tally off assists from sophomores Charles Barber (Queensbury, N.Y.) and Antoine Desnoyers (Quebec City, Quebec) 7:46 into the third. Babson went on the power play with 5:42 left in the game and pulled Pompa for a 6-on-4 advantage that setup Flynn's goal from the left circle with 4:10 remaining.
The Beavers pulled Pompa again following the ensuing face-off, and the Cardinals tacked on a late empty net goal when Malafronte scored with 1:07 to go for the final margin.
Pompa, who made a career-high 46 saves in Friday's tie against nationally-ranked Endicott, stopped 28 shots against Plattsburgh.
The Green and White went 1-for-3 on the power play, while killing off all four of its penalties.
Both teams return to action next Friday at 7 p.m. as Babson travels to Hobart, while Plattsburgh visits Middlebury.
• The Beavers are now 3-8-3 all-time against Plattsburgh although the teams have played just four times since 1993.
• Babson is now 2-3-1 all-time in Plattsburgh's Winter Classic.
• With Saturday's loss, the Green and White is 4-4-0 on the road this season.
• Babson is 1-4-2 when allowing the first goal of the game this winter.