HENNIKER, N.H.—Juniors John Corrigan (Stoneham, Mass.) and Mike Egan (Billerica, Mass.) both scored and senior Brad Arvanitis (Holliston, Mass.) finished with 24 saves to help visiting Babson College defeat New England College, 2-1, in the second game of a home-and-home weekend series on Saturday afternoon inside Lee Clement Arena.
With the win, Babson improves to 4-0 on the year, while New England College drops to 0-2.
Junior Ryan Black (Pomfret, Conn.) recorded two assists and first-year Colby Bailey (Southborough, Mass.) added his first career helper for the Beavers. Junior Cole Sanderson (Basking Ridge, N.J.) also chipped in with an assist in the win.
First-year Anthony Cinato (Warren, Mich.) scored his first career goal, while junior Connor Inger (Macomb, Mich.) and first-year Linus Udd Hellgren (Gavle, Sweden) picked up assists for the Pilgrims. Junior goaltender Anthony Kormos (Milford, Mich.) was superb in between the pipes with 51 saves in his first collegiate start.
The Green and White had its first power play wiped out after just 20 seconds but took advantage of its second extra-man opportunity as Corrigan scored his second goal of the season with a blast from the left point for a 1-0 lead at 13:34 of the first period. The Beavers killed off a pair of penalties early in the second and doubled their advantage when Egan put away Black's centering feed from behind the goal at the 13:32 mark.
New England College wasted little time pulling back within a goal as Inger beat a Babson defender to a loose puck in the offensive zone and fed Cinato in the slot just 1:17 later to make it 2-1.
The Beavers closed the door from there though, holding the Pilgrims without a shot on goal to kill off a boarding penalty early in the third and just six in total in the final stanza. Arvanitis made five of his six third-period stops in the final four minutes to preserve the win.
Babson outshot New England College 53-25 and went 1-for-3 on the power play. The Pilgrims were scoreless on four extra-man chances.
Both teams are slated to return to action next Friday as Babson hosts Albertus Magnus at 4 p.m., while New England College takes on Norwich at 7 p.m.
• The Beavers are 44-22-8 all-time against New England College and have won three straight against the Pilgrims going back to last year.
• Babson has scored first against New England College in 10 of the last 14 matchups between the teams.
• Black (1-2-3) and Egan (1-2-3) combined for six points in two games over the weekend and together have produced nine goals and 10 assists for 19 points in six career contests against the Pilgrims.
• The Beavers have scored at least once on the power play in every game this winter.