SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.—Sophomore Patrick Flynn (Framingham, Mass.) scored the game-tying goal at 17:25 of the third period to help No. 12 USCHO.com/No. 13 D3hockey.com Babson College earn a 1-1 overtime tie at Skidmore College in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men's ice hockey action on Saturday afternoon at the Saratoga City Rink.
Babson, which picked up a key point to keep its conference regular season title hopes alive, is now 15-5-3 overall and 10-3-3 in league play. Winless over its last three games, Skidmore is now 11-9-3 overall and 7-6-3 in the NEHC.
Junior Ryan McDougall (Milton, Mass.) and first-year Cam Schmitt (Andover, Mass.) both recorded an assist for the Beavers. Senior netminder Matt Pompa (Palm City, Fla.) made 19 of his 24 saves over the first two periods and is now 7-2-2 on the year.
First-year Austin Rook (Shrewsbury, Mass.) had a goal and senior Adam Moodie (Wolfe Island, Ontario) and first-year Will Steele (Colchester, Vt.) picked up assists for the Thoroughbreds, who got 35 saves from sophomore Brian Kowalski (Amherst, N.Y.).
The game was scoreless until the final minute of the second period when Rook took a feed from Moodie on a 2-on-1 and flipped a backhand shot past Pompa to give Skidmore a 1-0 lead. The Green and White outshot the Thoroughbreds 11-2 in the third period and finally pulled even on Flynn's seventh goal of the year with 2:35 remaining.
Kowalski made two stops during Babson's power play following an elbowing call on Moodie at the 15:09 mark. Skidmore killed off the minor but McDougall fed Flynn, who buried a one-timer from just below the left face-off circle 18 seconds after the penalty ended to force overtime.
Pompa stopped three shots in the opening two minutes of the extra session and Kowalski turned aside a shot by Beavers' first-year Mike Egan (Billerica, Mass.) in the closing seconds to keep the game deadlocked.
Babson outshot Skidmore 36-25 and both teams finished 0-for-3 on the power play.
Both squads return to action next Friday at 7 p.m. as the Beavers open a home-and-home series against nationally-ranked UMass Boston, while the Thoroughbreds host Suffolk.
• Babson is 32-6-2 all-time against Skidmore and is unbeaten in 16 straight games in the series going back to 2013.
• Each of the last three games between the teams has gone to overtime, including a 4-3 Beavers' win at home back in late November.
• The Green and White is 8-2-2 on the road and 1-0-3 in overtime on the year.
• Babson is 6-3-2 this winter when trailing after two periods.