MANCHESTER, N.H. – Michael Phillips scored the only goal of the game midway through the first period and Matt Pompa recorded a 29-save shutout as visiting Babson College edged the Saint Anselm College men's hockey team 1-0 on Friday evening in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) action at Sullivan Arena.
Phillips scored his sixth of the year at 12:20 of the opening period from Tommy Munichiello and Connor Dahlman for Babson (14-7-3, 11-4-2 NEHC), which received votes in this week's D3hockey.com Top 15 poll. Pompa took care of the rest, posting his second shutout of the season as the Beavers avenged a 2-1 loss to Saint Anselm (11-11-2, 6-10-1 NEHC) on Jan. 7.
Phillips' goal came on a rebound after Colin Soucy made a kick save to deny Munichiello's shot from between the circles, as he lifted the rebound over a sprawling Soucy. Later in the period, Soucy made a double save to keep the deficit at 1-0 before Ryan Gouveia hit the pipe at the tail end of the first.
Pompa reacted quickly to make a glove save on a Ryan Loranger shot four minutes into the second period and Nick Leonard tipped a CJ Blaszka shot from the top of the right circle onto the far post not long later. The Hawks took overlapping minor penalties at 8:27 and 9:35 of the second but killed off both to keep the deficit at 1-0.
In the third, Soucy stopped a Matt Brazel shot as Brazel was the trailer on a 3-on-2 rush four minutes into the period. Shortly after that, Saint Anselm hit the pipe for the second time in the game, this time on a Trey Aiello shot. Pompa again thwarted Aiello with 7:20 to go after Jeremy Carignan set up Aiello in front of the net for a one-timer. The final chance of the game came when Carignan deflected a Peter Sikalis shot from the left point but Pompa got a piece of it with 1:20 left after the Hawks pulled Soucy for the extra attacker.
Soucy had 33 saves in net for Saint Anselm, one shy of his career high from earlier this season at Saint Michael's. Shots for the game ended 34-29 in favor of Babson and the teams were a combined 0-for-5 on the power play.
Prior to the game, head coach Ed Seney was recognized on the ice for his 200th victory at Saint Anselm, which came on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at Assumption.
The Hawks close out the regular season by hosting UMass Boston on Alumni/Senior Day at Sullivan Arena on Saturday, Feb. 11. Puck drop is at 4 p.m. The alumni game is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and Saint Anselm will honor its six-man senior class prior to the game against the Beacons.