SOUTH BURLINGTON – The Saint Michael’s men’s ice hockey team rallied in the third period to tie a nationally-ranked team for the second time in as many games on Saturday, this time tying No. 3 Babson College, 1-1, at Cairns Arena.The Purple Knights finish the regular season at 6-16-3 overall and 3-12-3 in the league, moving to 5-3-2 in their most recent 10 games, while the Beavers move to 19-4-2 and 13-3-2. Saint Michael’s junior Jeremy Wong netted the Purple Knights’ goal, and junior goalie Dave Donzanti (West Chester, Pa./Northfield Mount Hermon) made 41 saves for his second straight 40-save performance. Junior Andrew Bonazza scored Babson’s goal, Sophomore netminder Jamie Murray (Scituate, Mass./South Shore Kings) turned away 17 shots for the draw.
MIDDLEBURY – Louis Belisle scored with 40 seconds left in overtime and lifted Middlebury past 12th-ranked Williams by a 2-1 score during a physical and exciting NESCAC game Saturday evening in Kenyon Arena. The Panthers improve to 9-10-3 overall and 7-7-2 in conference play, while the Ephs fall to 13-6-3 and 9-4-3 in the league. Paul Steinig scored his fifth goal of the season the first period to give Williams a 1-0 lead. Derek Pimental tied it for Middlebury in the second. Liam Moorfield-Yee (2-4-1) recorded 22 saves in the victory for Middlebury, while Seth Dougherty (12-6-3) was credited with 42 saves. Middlebury outshot the Ephs by a 44-23 tally.
Rutland — On a night dedicated to the Castleton seniors, the team’s graduating class put on quite a performance, leading their squad to a 4-0 victory over Skidmore in the team’s final game at Spartan Arena this season. Five of the seven senior skaters registered at least one point and senior goaltender Erick Cinotti posted a 35-save shutout. Ryan Delorme led the way with a pair of assists and Brian Greene notched a goal and an assist for the Spartans. Brian Roberts, Kyle Richards, and Kyle Pichler had the other goals for Castleton. The Spartans move to 12-10-3 on the year, with an 8-7-3 mark in the ECAC East. The team finishes fifth in the ECAC East standings and will travel to fourth-seeded New England College for the quarterfinal round of the ECAC East playoffs.