BABSON PARK, Mass.—Visiting Curry College scored three times in the second period on the way to defeating 15th-ranked Babson College, 4-2, in non-conference men's ice hockey action on Saturday afternoon at the Babson Skating Center.
With the loss, Babson opens the season at 0-1-0, while Curry improves to 2-0-0 overall.
Junior Nick Rosa (Birmingham, Mich.) and sophomore Zach Richterman (Canton, Ohio) both had a goal, while juniors Patrick Flynn (Framingham, Mass.) and Christian Faggas (Norwood, Mass.) and sophomore John Corrigan (Stoneham, Mass.) all picked up an assist. Junior Brad Arvanitis (Holliston, Mass.) made 21 saves in his debut for the Beavers.
Sophomore Alex Ochterbeck (Dallas, Texas) scored twice, while junior Viktor Jansson (Stockholm, Sweden) and first-year Mark Zhukov (St. Petersburg, Russia) each added a goal for the Colonels. Senior goaltender Justin Ketola (Cloquet, Minn.) turned away 33 shots to earn his second victory of the season.
The Green and White took a 1-0 lead into the intermission when Rosa took a feed from Corrigan in the slot and beat Ketola with a wrist shot for a power play goal with just 42 seconds left in the period. Curry killed off 44 seconds of a Babson 5-on-3 power play early in the second and pulled even on Ochterbeck's first goal of the afternoon at the 4:20 mark.
Ochterbeck scored his second goal at 12:48, working a give-and-go with first-year Austin Whalen (Richmond Hill, Ontario) and beating Arvanitis with a backhand finish to put the visitors up 2-1. Jansson scored with a one-timer from the slot two minutes later, and Zhukov buried the rebound of a shot by junior Matthew Henderson (Scarborough, Maine) from the left face-off dot at 13:35 of the third period to make it a 4-1 margin.
The Beavers took advantage of a late 6-on-4 power play as Faggas chased down a loose puck behind the net and fed Richterman in front to cut the deficit to two with 27.3 seconds remaining in the contest.
Babson finished with a 35-25 edge in shots and went 2-for-4 on the power play, while the Colonels were held without a shot on their two power play opportunities.
Both teams return to action next Friday as the Beavers host Saint Anselm at 7 p.m., while Curry travels to Endicott for its league opener at 7:15 p.m.
• Babson is now 10-5-0 all-time against Curry.
• Saturday's loss is just the seventh for the Beavers in 52 games played in the month of November going back to 2012.
• Babson is 4-3 in its last seven season openers.