MALDEN, Mass.—Junior Patrick Flynn (Framingham, Mass.) scored the go-ahead goal at 7:26 of the third period to help visiting Babson College defeat Tufts University, 2-1, in non-conference men's ice hockey action inside the Valley Forum on Tuesday night.
With its second consecutive win, Babson improves to 4-3-0 overall, while Tufts drops to 0-5-0 on the year with its third straight one-goal setback.
Sophomore Trevor Marcinick (Dublin, Ohio) had a goal and both Flynn and sophomore Ryan Campbell (Scituate, Mass.) collected an assist for the Beavers. Fellow sophomore Aidan Murphy (Walpole, Mass.) stopped 26 of 27 shots to improve to 4-0-0 on the year in between the pipes.
Junior Hayden Smith (Trophy Club, Texas) had a goal and senior Ross Delabruere (Derby, Vt.) and junior Charley Borek (Durham, N.H.) recorded assists for the Jumbos, who got 32 saves from junior Drew Hotte (Ambler, Pa.).
The Green and White jumped on top at 11:19 of the first period on Marcinick's third goal of the season. Campbell took a cross-ice pass from Flynn and Marcinick redirected his blast from the left faceoff circle past Hotte for a 1-0 advantage.
Tufts pulled even late in the second period on Smith's first goal of the season. Delabruere gained the zone along the left boards and skated past a Babson defender before feeding Smith, who beat Murphy with a one-timer from the slot.
Hotte made four saves early in the third period, two of which helped kill off a power play, before Flynn put the Beavers in front for good with his second goal of the season. He intercepted a breakout pass between the circles and carried the puck behind the net before scoring on a wrap-around shot after catching Hotte out of position.
Babson killed off its only penalty of the game at 11:12 of the third without allowing a shot, and Murphy made 10 saves over the final 20 minutes to preserve the team's second straight one-goal victory.
The Beavers, who went 0-for-4 on the power play, outshot the Jumbos 34-27 on the night.
Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson travels to 13th-ranked Williams at 3 p.m., while Tufts takes on Buffalo State in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., at 5 p.m.
• The Beavers are 16-2-0 all-time against Tufts and has won four straight meetings between the programs.
• Marcinick has scored twice, while Flynn has produced a goal and three assists for four points in Babson's last two games.
• With a goal and an assist in Tuesday's victory, Flynn has registered four points (1 goal, 3 assists) in the last two seasons against Tufts.
• Babson is currently 3-2-0 during its seven-game road trip.