Rooney Notches First Career Goal 4:09 into Extra Session as Beavers Win Third Straight
BABSON PARK, Mass.—First-year Chris Rooney (Milton, Mass.) scored his first career goal 4:09 into overtime as sixth-ranked Babson College rallied for a 3-2 win over visiting Skidmore College in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men's ice hockey action inside the Babson Skating Center.
With its third straight victory, Babson improves to 18-4-2 overall and 13-3-1 in league play. The victory also helped the hosts secured the second seed in the upcoming NEHC Tournament. Skidmore, which has dropped four of its last five games, slips to 11-9-4 overall and 7-8-2 in the NEHC.
Junior Nick Rosa (Birmingham, Mich.) and sophomore Ryan Campbell (Scituate, Mass.) both scored for the Beavers, who got two assists for sophomore John Corrigan (Stoneham, Mass.). Senior Connor Dahlman (Stamford, Conn.), sophomores Max Torrez (Framingham, Mass.) and Matt Wiesner (Newport Beach, Calif.), and first-year Andrew Holland (Winchester, Mass.) all chipped in with an assist in the win. Junior goaltender Brad Arvanitis (Holliston, Mass.) finished with 29 saves to extend his personal unbeaten streak to nine games.
Senior Owen Campbell (Foxboro, Mass.) and sophomore Reid Russell (Napanee, Ontario) each scored, while first-year Nicholas Charron (Spencerport, N.Y.) recorded two assists for the Thoroughbreds. Senior netminder Brandon Kasel (Ithaca, N.Y.) was superb in defeat stopping 44 shots.
The Green and White took a 1-0 lead when Campbell scored on a blast from the left point for his second goal of the year at 15:11 of the first period. The Beavers had a pair of play opportunities and outshot Skidmore 20-9 in the second period but found themselves headed to the intermission deadlocked at 1-1 after Russell picked up his fifth goal of the year scoring six seconds into a power play at the 7:54 mark.
Babson was whistled for a five-minute major at 8:09 of the third period and the Thoroughbreds took advantage as Campbell jammed home the rebound of a shot by sophomore William Brochu (Laval, Quebec) to go in front 2-1 at 10:39. The Beavers pulled even just under six minutes later though, as Rosa flipped a centering pass from Holland over Kasel's left shoulder and under the bar for his 12th goal of the year.
Arvanitis denied Skidmore sophomore Avery Steele (Colchester, Vt.) on an odd-man rush 27 seconds into the extra session, while Kasel made four saves over the final three minutes of regulation and six more in overtime before Rooney scored from the slot off a feed from Corrigan with 51.1 seconds to go.
The Green and White, which finished 0-for-3 on the power play, finished with a 47-31 edge in shots. The Thoroughbreds scored twice on four power play opportunities.
Both teams return to action on Saturday at 4 p.m. as Babson hosts fifth-ranked Hobart, while Skidmore travels to UMass Boston.
• The Beavers are 35-6-2 all-time against Skidmore and extended their unbeaten streak against the Thoroughbreds to 19 games with Friday's victory.
• Babson improved to 16-1-0 on the year when scoring at least three goals.
• The Beavers are now 4-0 on the year in games decided by a single goal.
• Babson is 2-0-2 this winter and unbeaten over its last 13 overtime games going back to the 2017-18 campaign.