Geneva, N.Y. - Four different players scored as Babson College rallied past No. 11 USCHO.com/No. 9 D3hockey.com Hobart, 4-3, in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) action on Friday night at The Cooler.
With the win, Babson improves to 8-5-2 overall and 6-2-1 in the league standings. Hobart, which picked up its second home loss of the year, drops to 8-4-4 overall and 5-2-2 in the NEHC.
First-year Nick Rosa (Birmingham, Mich.) finished the night with a goal and an assist, while classmate Christian Faggas (Norwood, Mass.) and seniors Bobby Hall (Westwood, Mass.) and Ryan Gouveia (Dartmouth, Mass.) each scored once goal apiece for the Beavers. Junior Matt Brazel (Hingham, Mass.), classmate Tommy Munichiello (Weymouth, Mass.), sophomore Ryan McDougall (Milton, Mass.), and first-years Patrick Flynn (Framingham, Mass.) and Cooper Norton (Williston, Vt.) added one assist apiece, while junior goalkeeper Bryan Botcher recorded 35 saves in the win.
Senior Vincent Russo (Jackson, N.J) netted two goals, while Julien Denicourt (Bromont, Quebec) scored once for Statesmen. Sophomore goaltender Alexander Connal (Simsbury, Conn.) turned away 25 shots in the loss.
The Green and White jumped on top, 1-0, when Rosa, off assists from Flynn and McDougall, found the back of the net with 11:55 left in the period. The Beavers would increase their first period lead to 2-0 when Faggas, off assists from Brazel and Munichiello, recorded his third goal of the season to end the first period.
Hobart responded with two goals of their own in the second period to tie up the game. Russo tipped in a shot to get the Statesmen on the board, and less than three minutes later, Denicourt found the back off the net off a shorthanded goal to make it 2-2 less than four minutes into the period.
Hobart took their first lead of the game in the third period with 15:32 left of the clock off a power play goal by Russo. With just under 12 minutes left in regulation, a blocked shot by Hall rebounded off the Hobart defender back to Hall, who was able to launch it over the shoulder of Connal to tie the game at 3-3. With 6:25 on the clock, off an assist from Norton, Gouveia pushed a low shot across the goal line giving the Beavers a 4-3 victory over the Statesmen.
The Beavers trailed in shots, 38-29, and went 0-for-2 on the power play. The Statesmen scored on one of their two power play opportunities.
Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson heads to Skidmore for a 4 p.m. match, while Hobart hosts Umass Boston at 4 p.m.
• The Beavers are now 10-2-2 all-time against the Statesmen.
• Babson is 5-0-1 on Friday's this season and unbeaten in its last 12 Friday night games going back to last year.
• Friday's win was the first this season for the Beavers when tied or trailing entering the third period.
• Babson is now 39-1-1 over its last 41 games when scoring at least four goals.