GENEVA, N.Y.—Senior Bobby Hall (Westwood, Mass.) tied the game at 12:24 of the third period as visiting Babson College rallied for a 3-3 overtime tie at No. 12 USCHO.com/No. 11 D3hockey.com Hobart College in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) action on Friday night at The Cooler.
Babson, which remains a point behind Hobart in the league standings, improves to 11-8-3 overall and 9-4-2 in conference play, while the Statesmen are now 12-5-5 overall and 9-3-3 in the NEHC.
Senior Ryan Gouveia (Dartmouth, Mass.) and sophomore Ryan McDougall (Milton, Mass.) both scored in the second period for the Beavers. Hall, senior Charlie Ackerman (Bradenton, Fla.) and first-year Patrick Flynn (Framingham, Mass.) all recorded an assist, while junior Matt Pompa (Palm City, Fla.) finished with 29 saves on the night.
Sophomore Lawson MacDougall (Williamstown, Ontario) had a goal and an assist, while junior Jonas Toupal (Vcelna, Czech Republic) led all players with two assists for Hobart. Sophomore goaltender Alexander Connal (Simsbury, Conn.), who posted back-to-back shutouts last weekend, turned away 16 shots in the game.
The Statesmen outshot Babson 12-5 in the first period and built a 2-0 lead after scoring a pair of goals late in the period. Sophomore Zach Sternbach (Loudonville, N.Y.) beat Pompa off a feed from MacDougall behind the net at the 13:23 mark, and MacDougall buried a power play chance from the low slot a little over four minutes later.
The Beavers pulled even with back-to-back goals 2:08 apart just past the midway point of the second period. McDougall notched his first career tally with a slap shot from the point at 12:05 and Gouveia took a centering pass from Ackerman and beat Connal glove side on the power play at the 14:13 mark to make it 2-2.
Hobart went back in front just 2:23 into the third period when junior Matt Pizzo's (Thorold, Ontario) blast from the blue line made its way past a screened Pompa for a 3-2 advantage. The Green and White had another response though, as Hall jammed home the rebound off a shot by first-year Brendan Casey (Glastonbury, Conn.) following an offensive zone face-off with 7:36 to go in regulation.
The Beavers outshot the Statesmen 4-1 in overtime, but Pompa made the biggest stop of the extra session when he denied senior Vincent Russo's (Jackson, N.J.) wraparound attempt a little more than a minute in.
Both teams return to action on Saturday at 4 p.m. as Babson travels to Skidmore, while Hobart hosts UMass Boston.
• The Beavers, who are unbeaten in four straight meetings against the Statesmen, are 1-0-2 in three matchups this season and 10-2-3 in the all-time series.
• Babson is 5-2-1 in conference road games this season.
• Hall has three points over the last two games against Hobart, while Gouveia has now scored in four of his last five outings against the Statesmen.
• The Green and White is now 3-4-2 when allowing the first goal of the game, and 10-3-2 when scoring at least three goals.