Men's Hockey Drops Tight Game at Babson, 2-1

Men's Hockey Drops Tight Game at Babson, 2-1

WELLESLEY, Mass. – Freshman forward Jason Bilski scored his first-career goal, but Babson defeated Castleton, 2-1, in men's New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) action on Friday.

Nick Rosa scored both goals for the Beavers to account for the scoring for the hosts.

Castleton drops to 0-2-1 in NEHC play and will end its road trip at UMass Boston on Saturday. The Spartan record dips to 0-2-2 overall. Babson improves to 3-0-1 (2-0-1 NEHC).

Bilski's power play tally at 4:00 of the first period to give the Spartans an early 1-0 advantage. The rookie tipped in a forehand wrist-shot from Glenn Wiswell. Troy Taylor picked up an assist from the blue line.

After winning the opening faceoff of the second period, Babson established possession in the Spartan end and scored the equalizer when Rosa followed up the rebound on a point shot from Mike Egan.

In the middle stages of the third period, Rosa forced a turnover a center ice and streaked down the left side before quickly moving the puck to the forehand and burying a shot over Wyatt Pickrell's glove. The goal eventually served as the game-winner.

The Spartans registered the final six shots on goal over the final 49 seconds of play in the search for the trying-goal, but Beaver goalie Bryan Botcher came through for the hosts to halt Castleton's onslaught.

Babson outshot Castleton 39-22, however, as Pickrell made 37 saves in the effort. Botcher turned aside 21 shots to pick up his first win of the campaign.

The Spartan penalty kill was strong despite the defeat, as Babson finished 0-for-5 with the man-advantage. Castleton was 1-for-3 on the power play.