SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.—Sophomore Ryan Black (Pomfret, Conn.) finished with a goal and two assists to help visiting Babson College defeat Skidmore College, 4-1, in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men's ice hockey action on Saturday afternoon inside the Saratoga City Rink.
Babson, which is unbeaten over its last 10 outings, improves to 10-3-2 overall and 5-2-1 in league play, while Skidmore slips to 7-4-4 overall and 3-3-2 in the NEHC.
Juniors Brendan Casey (Glastonbury, Conn.), Patrick Flynn (Framingham, Mass.) and Nick Rosa (Birmingham, Mich.) all recorded a goal for the Beavers. Senior Ryan McDougall (Milton, Mass.) and sophomores John Corrigan (Stoneham, Mass.) and Matt Wiesner (Newport Beach, Calif.) each finished with an assist in support of sophomore goaltender Aidan Murphy (Walpole, Mass.), who stopped 33-of-34 shots to improve to 7-0-1 this winter in eight starts.
Sophomore Reid Russell (Naponee, Ontario) scored and classmate Austin Rook (Shrewsbury, Mass.) and first-year Cole Beckstead (Morrisburg, Ontario) each picked up an assist for the Thoroughbreds, who got 39 saves from senior netminder Brandon Kasel (Ithaca, N.Y.).
The Green and White took a 1-0 lead less than seven minutes into the first period when Black cleaned up a loose puck in the crease for his sixth goal of the season. The Beavers doubled their advantage 5:27 into the second when Flynn struck for his third tally of the year on a delayed penalty.
Kasel made a pair of saves on the ensuing power play and Russell scored a shorthanded goal at the 7:21 mark to cut the Skidmore deficit in half. Kasel made three saves to help kill off another Babson power play late in the second, but Rosa struck for his seventh tally of the year just 59 seconds into the third to make it 3-1.
Murphy was forced to make just one save on the Thoroughbreds' only power play of the night following a slashing penalty at 2:07 of the third, and Casey tacked on an empty net goal, his first of the year, with 38 seconds remaining for the final margin.
The Beavers, who finished 0-for-3 on the power play, outshot the hosts 43-34.
Both teams return to action next Friday at 7 p.m. as Babson begins a home-and-home weekend series with UMass Boston on the road, while Skidmore kicks off a five-game road trip at Johnson & Wales.
• The Beavers are now 34-6-2 all-time against Skidmore and are unbeaten over the last 18 meetings between the programs.
• Black has produced five goals and eight assists for 13 points over the last eight games.
• Babson has outscored its opponents 13-2 in the first period during its current 10-game unbeaten streak.
• The Beavers, who entered the weekend ranked fourth in Division III in scoring defense, have allowed one goal or less in eight of their last nine outings.