RUTLAND, Vt.—First-years Mike Egan (Billerica, Mass.) and Jack Nisbet (Scituate, Mass.) each finished with two goals to help No. 13 USCHO.com/No. 12 D3hockey.com Babson College roll past Castleton University, 7-2, in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men's ice hockey action on Saturday afternoon at Spartan Arena.
Babson, which was wrapping up a seven-game road trip, improves to 13-4-2 overall and 8-2-2 in league play, while Castleton slips to 3-11-4 overall and 1-9-2 in the NEHC.
Sophomore Patrick Flynn (Framingham, Mass.) and first-years Ryan Black (Pomfret, Conn.) and Matt Wiesner (Newport Beach, Calif.) all finished with a goal and an assist, while sophomore Nick Rosa (Birmingham, Mich.) led all players with three assists for the Beavers. First-year Ryan Campbell (Scituate, Mass.) recorded two assists and senior Matt Brazel (Hingham, Mass.) and sophomore Christian Faggas (Norwood, Mass.) each contributed one in the win.
Senior goaltender Matt Pompa (Palm City, Fla.) stopped 27 of 29 shots to earn his sixth win of the season for Babson.
Senior Caleb Fizer (Sarasota, Fla.) and junior Jacob Erwin (Port Dover, Ontario) both scored for the Spartans, who got 24 saves from senior netminder Wyatt Pickrell (Newmarket, Ontario).
Following a scoreless first period, the Green and White jumped on top 5:05 into the second on Weisner's 12th goal of the year. The Beavers killed off a holding penalty at the 7:26 mark and Black put away a feed from Rosa on a 2-on-1 to make it 2-0.
Egan extended the lead to 3-0 with his first goal off another assist from Rosa at 10:56 before Castleton got on the board when Fizer put away his team-leading fifth goal of the year at 17:07. The momentum was short-lived however, as Egan scored for the second time in the period 19 seconds later to make it 4-1 going to the second intermission.
Flynn notched his sixth goal of the year 2:51 into the third, and Nisbet followed Erwin's tally on a penalty shot with the first two goals of his career just 17 seconds apart late in the contest for the final margin.
The Beavers finished with a 31-28 edge in shots and killed off all five of the Spartans' power play opportunities.
Both teams are back in action on Friday at 7 p.m. as Babson hosts Johnson & Wales, while Castleton opens a home-and-home series at Norwich.
• The Beavers are 18-5-4 all-time against Castleton and extended their unbeaten streak in the series to eight games with Saturday's victory.
• One day after being shutout for the first time in over two seasons, Babson scored a season-high seven goals, which is the team's most since posting a 7-3 win over Southern Maine on February 9, 2018.
• The Beavers, who entered the day with the nation's ninth-ranked penalty kill, has killed off 18 straight penalties.
• Babson has now won 13 of its last 16 games following a loss going back to January 2017.