MIDDLEBURY, Vt.—Sophomore Ryan Black (Pomfret, Conn.) finished with a goal and two assists and Babson College scored twice on the power play on its way to defeating Manhattanville College, 6-1, in the opening round of the Middlebury Holiday Classic on Friday night inside Chip Kenyon '85 Arena.
Babson, which has won three straight games and is unbeaten over its last seven outings, improves to 8-3-1 on the year, while Manhattanville slips to 5-7-1 overall.
Juniors Cooper Norton (Williston, Vt.) and Nick Rosa (Birmingham, Mich.), sophomores Mike Egan (Billerica, Mass.) and Cam Schmitt (Andover, Mass.), and first-year Andrew Holland (Winchester, Mass.) each scored a goal for the Beavers. Senior Ryan McDougall (Milton, Mass.) led all players with two assists, while classmate Conor Dahlman (Stamford, Conn.), junior Patrick Flynn (Framingham, Mass.) and sophomores Ryan Campbell (Scituate, Mass.) and Matt Wiesner (Huntington Beach, Calif.) registered one assist apiece in the victory.
Junior goaltender Brad Arvanitis (Holliston, Mass.), who was coming off back-to-back shutouts, stopped 25 of 26 shots to win his third straight start for Babson.
First-year Glynn Robitaille (Northville, Mich.) had a goal and junior Tristan Ramage (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and senior Joel Knight (Stony Creak, Ontario) chipped in with assists for the Valiants, who got 18 saves from junior goaltender Mac Vail (East Elmurst, N.Y.) and six from sophomore Reid Robertson (Plano, Texas).
Egan put the Green and White in front less than four minutes into the contest when he buried a centering feed from Black for his team-leading eighth goal of the year for a 1-0 advantage. Holland doubled the lead just 36 seconds later when he tipped McDougall's blast from the point past Vail at the top of the crease on the power play.
Robitaille cut the Manhattanville deficit in half at 14:18 of the first when he took a pass below the goal line and threw the puck off the back of Arvanitis and in for his fifth tally of the year. The momentum was short-lived however, as Black redirected Dahlman's shot from the right point past Vail 51 seconds into the second period to help the Beavers regain a 3-1 edge.
Black intercepted a Manhattanville clearing pass and fed Rosa, who scored his sixth goal of the year with a one-timer from the slot at 11:12 of the second to extend the Babson lead to 4-1. Schmitt notched his first goal of the season with a blast from the top of the right face-off circle nine seconds after the Valiants were whistled for a cross-checking penalty 4:26 into the third, and Norton put the finishing touches on the win with an empty net tally at the 17:35 mark.
Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson faces Saint Michael's in the tournament championship game at 5 p.m., while Manhattanville takes on Middlebury in the consolation game at 2 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 3-1-0 all-time against Manhattanville and have won both meetings against the Valiants at the Middlebury Holiday Classic.
• Babson has scored six goals in three consecutive games for the first time since the 2002-03 season when it erupted for 10 goals against UMass Boston, six against Saint Michael's and 11 in a rout of Southern New Hampshire.
• Black and Egan both extended their points streaks to five games, while McDougall, Rosa and Wiesner have at least one point in three consecutive contests.
• Babson, which entered the night with Division III's top-ranked power play, has scored 10 goals on the man-advantage over its last three games.