Murphy Records First Career Shutout as Beavers Extend Unbeaten Streak to Five
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore Mike Egan (Billerica, Mass.) registered his first career hat trick and classmate Aidan Murphy (Walpole, Mass.) recorded his first career shutout as Babson College defeated Johnson & Wales University, 6-0, in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men's ice hockey action on Friday night inside the Babson Skating Center.
Babson, which is unbeaten over its last five games, improves to 6-3-1 overall and 3-2-0 in league play, while Johnson & Wales slips to 1-7-0 overall and 0-5-0 in the NEHC.
Sophomore Ryan Black (Pomfret, Conn.) led all players with three assists for the Beavers, who scored four times on the power play. Senior Ryan McDougall (Milton, Mass.), sophomore Matt Wiesner (Newport Beach, Calif.) and first-year Andrew Holland (Winchester, Mass.) each had a goal, while junior Nick Rosa (Birmingham, Mich.) and sophomore John Corrigan (Stoneham, Mass.) recorded two assists apiece in the win.
Murphy, who was coming off a 50-save performance in last Sunday's 1-1 tie at Amherst, stopped all 16 shots he faced to improve to 5-0-1 in six starts on the year.
Junior Mike Rockwell (Poughquag, N.Y.) stopped 24 shots in 32:35 of action before giving way to first-year Jeremy Skaife (Lansing, Md.), who made 17 saves over the final 27 minutes for the Wildcats.
The Green and White jumped on top 1-0 midway through the first when Egan took a centering feed from Black and blistered a shot past Rockwell and off the inside of the left post for his first goal of the night. The Beavers were 0-for-2 on the power play in the opening period, but took advantage of five Johnson & Wales penalties to score three times in the second.
Wiesner flipped a shot past Rockwell off a feed from Dahlman for his second goal of the year at the 3:59 mark, and Egan one-timed a centering pass from Black past Rockwell at the left post for his second goal of the night to make it 3-0 at 9:41. McDougall capped the second period flurry when he ripped a shot past Skaife from the slot for his third tally of the season.
Egan completed his hat trick and pushed the Babson lead to 5-0 when he scored off a faceoff win by Rosa at 3:01 of third, and Holland scored for the third time in the last three games when he buried a feed from junior Christian Faggas (Norwood, Mass.) on the power play at the 15:43 mark. First-year James Perullo (Revere, Mass.) also registered his second assist of the year on the goal.
The Beavers went 4-for-9 on the night on the power play and successfully killed off the only two penalties they were whistled for.
Both teams return to action on Saturday at 4 p.m. as Babson hosts Suffolk, while Johnson & Wales travels to UMass Boston.
• The Beavers are now 3-0-0 all-time against Johnson & Wales and have outscored the Wildcats 16-2.
• Egan (3 goals, 2 assists) and Black (1 goal, 4 assists) have combined for 10 points over the last three games. Egan's hat trick also was the first by a Babson player since Stevie DeForge '19 scored three times against Johnson & Wales last January.
• The Beavers have scored seven times on the power play over their last three games, and have not given up a power play goal in any of their last six contests.
• During its five-game unbeaten streak, Babson has allowed just four goals.