BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior Julien Denicourt (Bromont, Quebec) and sophomore Travis Schneider (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) both finished with a goal and an assist as No. 12/12 Hobart College built a three-goal first-period lead on the way to defeating Babson College, 6-3, in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men's ice hockey action inside the Babson Skating Center on Saturday afternoon.
Babson, which had its seven-game league unbeaten streak snapped, drops to 8-3-1 and 6-1-1 in conference play, while Hobart improves to 6-3-0 overall and 4-2-0 in the NEHC.
Sophomore Nick Rosa (Birmingham, Mich.) had a goal and an assist, while senior Matt Brazel (Hingham, Mass.) and first-year Mike Egan (Billerica, Mass.) each scored once for the Beavers. Senior Tommy Munichiello (Weymouth, Mass.), junior Connor Dahlman (Stamford, Conn.), sophomore Christian Faggas (Norwood, Mass.) and first-year Zach Richterman (Canton, Ohio) all registered an assist in the loss.
Senior netminder Matt Pompa (Palm City, Fla.) made 24 saves in just over two periods of work before being relieved by first-year Aidan Murphy (Walpole, Mass.), who stopped three shots in his collegiate debut.
Senior Jonas Toupal (Vcelna, Czech Republic), sophomore Kyle Lynch (Milford, Conn.) and first-years Zach Tyson (Dublin, Ohio) and Aaron Maguyon (Margate City, N.J.) all had a goal for the Statesmen, who got points from 11 different players. First-year goaltender Liam Lascelle (Cornwall, Ontario) made 20 saves to win for the third time in as many starts.
Hobart took control of the game with three goals in the span early in the first period. Tyson threw a shot on net from along goal line that found its way in for a 1-0 lead at the 6:11 mark, Denicourt put away a centering pass from sophomore Ryan Lynch (Milford, Conn.) two minutes later, and Kyle Lynch then redirected a slap shot from sophomore TJ Schultz (Evanston, Ill.) on the power play 1:58 later to extend the margin to 3-0.
The Green and White got on the board 4:11 into the second period on Brazel's first goal of the year, but the Statesmen answered with two goals just 74 seconds apart early in the third period to push its lead back to 5-1. Schneider redirected a shot that was thrown on net by Denicourt at the 1:03 mark and Maguyon blocked a shot at the point and raced down ice to beat Pompa for his first career goal at 2:17.
Babson cut its deficit to 5-2 when Rosa's shot took a deflection in front less than four minutes later. Egan followed with his fourth tally of the year off a feed from Munichiello with 7:42 left in the contest, but it's as close as the hosts would get.
The Statesmen, which went 1-for-5 on the power play, outshot the Beavers 33-23 and killed off all five of their penalties.
Babson is off until it travels to the Milwaukee School of Engineering at 5 p.m. on December 29, while Hobart visits Suffolk next Friday at 7 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 10-4-3 all-time against Hobart but have dropped back-to-back games in the series.
• Saturday's loss marked just the second time in games this season that Babson has lost when allowing the first goal of the game.
• Prior to Saturday, the Beavers had been 6-0-0 this season when scoring at least three goals.