No. 11 Men's Ice Hockey Downs Salem State, 4-1 – Babson Athletics

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Three-Goal Third-Period Sends Beavers Past Vikings in Non-Conference Finale
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Senior Chris Rooney (Milton, Mass.) scored twice and 11th-ranked Babson College erupted for three third-period goals to defeat visiting Salem State University, 4-1, in non-conference men’s ice hockey action on Tuesday night inside the Babson Skating Center.
With its second consecutive win, Babson improves to 9-4-2 overall while Salem State drops to 2-9-0 with its second straight loss.
Senior James Perullo (Revere, Mass.) and first-year Ian Driscoll (Milton, Mass.) also scored, while junior Thomas Kramer (Bridgewater, Mass.) and first-years Cam Joslin (Scituate, Mass.), Nolan Dion (Mashfield, Mass.), Brendan Kennedy (Georgetown, Ontario) and Ryan Murphy (Grosse Pointe Farms, Mich.) all picked up an assist for the Beavers. Senior goaltender Nolan Hildebrand (Penticton, British Columbia) stopped 17 of 18 shots to improve to 7-1-2 this season between the pipes.
Junior Keagan O’Donoghue (Frisco, Texas) had a goal and first-year Zach Dill (Lake Tahoe, Calif.) registered an assist for the Vikings, who matched his season high with 41 saves in the loss.
The Green and White killed off a hooking penalty midway through the first period and took the lead on Rooney’s goal at the 13:30 mark. Joslin regained possession of the puck behind the net and fed Cormier, who had his shot denied by Mercer before Rooney buried the rebound for his fourth of the season.
Salem State pulled even less than two minutes later when O’Donoghue’s centering pass from behind the net went off a Babson defender and past Hildebrand to make it 1-1 at the 15:10 mark. The Beavers outshot the visitors 17-8 in the second period but first-year Charlie Andriole (Branford, Conn.) raced back to deny a breakaway chance for Vikings’ first-year Landyn Greatorex (Reading, Mass.) just over a minute into the stanza and Hildebrand made a left pad save to deny first-year Chris Dowd (Danville, N.H.) on a 2-on-0 breakaway 17 seconds before the intermission to keep the game deadlocked.
Perullo put Babson in front for good just 17 seconds into the third period when put away a feed from Murphy for his fourth goal of the year. Rooney doubled the advantage with a shorthanded tally after Mercer misplayed the puck behind the net and Kramer redirected a centering pass from Driscoll on the power play for his team-leading sixth goal to make it 4-1 at the 14:17 mark.
The Green and White outshot Salem State 45-18 and finished 1-for-3 on the power play. The Vikings failed to score and put just two shots on goal in four power play chances.
Babson returns to action on Saturday when it travels to Southern Maine at 4 p.m., while Salem State visits Framingham State on Thursday at 7:40 p.m.
GAME NOTES
• The Beavers are 24-18-6 all-time against Salem State and Tuesday’s matchup was the first between the teams since 2017.
• Babson head coach Jamie Rice ’90 picked up the 299th win of his career on Tuesday night.
• Rooney extended his points streak to four games and has produced four goals and two assists during this stretch, while Kramer now has two goals and three assists in his last two outings.
• The Beavers have scored five shorthanded goals this season, which is their most since the 2014-15 campaign.
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