Men's Ice Hockey Downs Castleton, 6-1

Men's Ice Hockey Downs Castleton, 6-1

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Junior Ryan Black (Pomfret, Conn.) had two goals, senior Nick Rosa (Birmingham, Mich.) added a goal and an assist, and Babson College scored three times on the power play in Saturday's 6-1 win over visiting Castleton University inside the Babson Skating Center.

With the win, Babson improves to 2-0 on the year, while Castleton drops to 0-2.

Senior Brendan Casey (Glastonbury, Conn.), junior Cole Sanderson (Basking Ridge, N.J.) and sophomore Chris Rooney (Milton, Mass.) all scored once for the Beavers. Junior Matt Wiesner (Newport Beach, Calif.) chipped in with two assists as 11 different players recorded a point in the victory. Senior goaltender Brad Arvanitis (Holliston, Mass.) stopped 17 of 18 shots in his first start of the year.

Senior Glen Wiswell (Berwick, Maine) had a goal while juniors Andrew Barber (Queensbury, N.Y.) and Anton Tarvainen (Sipoo, Finland) each recorded an assist for the Spartans. Sophomore Brandon Collett (Brockton, Mass.) started for the second consecutive game and made 38 saves in 49 minutes of action.

The Green and White opened the scoring with the first power play tally of the afternoon as Rosa received a pass from junior Mike Egan (Billerica, Mass.) along the goal line and beat Collett over his left shoulder for his first goal of the year at the 9:25 mark of the opening period. Black added to the lead 4:21 into the second when he buried Rosa's feed across the top of the crease for the first of his two goals.

Rooney extended Babson's lead to 3-0 at 8:37 of the second with a goal from the slot, but Castleton cut into its deficit when Wiswell redirected a bouncing puck past Arvanitis for his first goal of the year just 34 seconds from the second intermission. The Beavers responded with a three-goal flurry in the third period to put the game out of reach.

Black gloved down a loose puck and put away his own rebound on the power play just 1:38 in the stanza to push the margin back to 4-1. Casey snapped a shot past Collett from the top of the right face-off circle at the 7:01 mark, and Sanderson capped the scoring with a blast from the top of the right circle for his first career goal just over two minutes later.

The Beavers outshot Castleton 46-18 and scored three times on 10 power play chances. The Spartans went just 1-for-6 on the power play in the loss.

Both teams return to action next Friday as Babson welcomes New England College to the Babson Skating Center to begin a home-and-home series at 6:30 p.m., while Castleton travels to Albertus Magnus at 4 p.m.

GAME NOTES
• The Beavers are now 22-5-4 all-time against Castleton and are unbeaten in their last 12 games in the series (11-0-1).
• Babson has won eight consecutive games against the Spartans inside the Babson Skating Center.
• Senior Patrick Flynn (Framingham, Mass.) has in a point in five straight games against Castleton and has produced two goals and eight assists for 10 points during this stretch.
• The Beavers did not allow a goal over the first 99:26 of the season, which is the longest scoreless stretch to begin a year since at least 1999.

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