GENEVA, N.Y.—Sophomore Travis Schneider (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) scored twice to help lift No. 14 USCHO.com/RV D3hockey.com Hobart College to a 5-0 win over No. 12 USCHO.com/No. 13 D3hockey.com Babson College in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men's ice hockey action on Friday night inside The Cooler.
Babson, which entered the night riding a three-game winning streak, slips to 15-5-2 overall and 10-3-2 in league play, while Hobart improves to 15-6-1 overall and 9-5-1 in the NEHC with its third win in a row.
Senior Bryan Botcher (Mequon, Wis.) finished with 32 saves for the Beavers, who were outshot 37-31.
First-year Zach Tyson (Dublin, Ohio) and senior Matt Pizzo (Thorold, Ontario) both had a goal and an assist, while junior Zach Sternbach (Loudonville, N.Y.) scored once for the Statesmen. First-year Aaron Maguyon (Margate City, N.J.) registered two assists and rookie netminder Liam Lascelle (Cornwall, Ontario) made 31 saves to improve to 6-1-1 with his third career shutout.
Following a scoreless first period, Tyson gained control of a loose puck at the top of his defensive zone and scored his second shorthanded goal of the season on a breakaway to give Hobart a 1-0 advantage just 1:13 into the second. Pizzo scored from the right point at the 4:55 mark and Schneider netted the first of his two goals off a centering pass from Maguyon to extend the Statesmen lead to 3-0 at 8:33 of the middle stanza.
Sternbach notched his fifth goal of the season when an errant shot ricocheted off the boards and to him in the slot just over five minutes into the third. Schneider tallied his second goal of the night and 12th of the season with 91 seconds remaining for the final margin.
Lascelle made back-to-back saves on Babson first-year Matt Wiesner (Newport Beach, Calif.) and junior Connor Dahlman (Stamford, Conn.) with just over five minutes left in the opening period, and made seven of his 12 third-period stops over the first seven minutes of the frame. He also got help from his defense, which finished the night with nine blocked shots.
Both teams return to action on Saturday at 4 p.m. as Babson travels to Skidmore, while Hobart hosts UMass Boston.
• The Beavers are now 10-5-3 all-time against Hobart but have dropped three straight games in the series.
• Friday's loss marked the first time in nine instances this season that Babson suffered a loss when tied after the first period.
• The Green and White is now 8-2-1 on the road this season.
• Babson is now 7-4-2 in the month of February going back to 2017.