WILLIAMSTOWN, MA – Babson College (4-3-0) scored three goals in the first period and never looked back and went on to win 5-0 over the Williams Ephs. (4-1-0).
The win was the first for Babson at Williams since 2007, when the Beavers also won by the score of 5-0.
Two back to back goals in the first period gave the Beavers an early lead into the game. The first goal scored at 9:12 when Babson freshman Andrew Holland skated away with the puck and scored an unassisted goal. Babson's second goal was scored at 10:07 when Eph defensemen Jack McCool was sent to the penalty box for tripping. Assisted by Cam Schmitt and Trevor Marcinick, sophomore Matt Wiesner picked up a rebound from teammate Ryan McDougall's wide slap shot and dumped it in from the front of the goal.
At 16:10, the Beavers extended their lead to 3-0 when Andrew Holland (assisted by Brenden Casey and Matt Wiesner) scored his second goal of the period after Casey's shot was blocked.
Although the Ephs had a power play opportunity at 17:17, when forward Christian Faggas was sent to penalized for tripping, none of the Ephs were able to convert their shots to points.
Sophomore goaltender Cosmio Lazzarino was in net for the Ephs this afternoon and saved 10 out of 13 of the Beaver's first period shots.
Eph head coach Bill Kangas commented on the Beavers stating, "Babson played really good hockey today. They really challenged and pressured us and I don't think we were able to respond. The goalie made some nice saves and their defense was tight in front of him. They were poised with the puck. They got two quick goals early to put us on our heels".
Fresh out of the locker room, the Ephs looked forward to the second to convert shots to goals. The Ephs skated hard through the first half of the second period but still could not get a shot through Babson goaltender Brad Arvanitis.
At 4:06 Babson extended their lead when Eph forward Wyatt Glover was penalized at 3:16, giving the Beavers a power play opportunity. The Babson goal was scored by junior forward Nick Rosa (assisted by Ryan Black and Mike Egan). Rosa got the puck past Lazzarino for the Beaver's fourth goal of the game.
Although the Ephs outshot the Beavers 13 to 6 in the second period, Arvanitis was able to hold them off making save after save. The second period ended with both teams unable to capitalize on additional power play opportunities.
However, the Beavers were not finished scoring and they scored early in the third period with a goal at 3:37 make the score 5-0. Forward Trevor Marcinick (assisted by Patrick Flynn and Ryan Campbell) tucked in a goal from a rebound off of Lazzarino's pad.
Although the Ephs continued to press into Babson's defensive line, they could not post a goal and Brad Arvanitis walked away with his first shutout of the season.
"It is early in the year and we haven't had this kind of challenge," noted Kangas. "Because of that we are glad to have this experience now. When things don't go our way, we try to figure out how to get better. Obviously today was not a game that we were happy about. We look forward to learning and bettering from it. I think these guys are a very resilient group and will, collectively and individually, get better from this game. Now the challenge is that we are playing a really good team tomorrow at their rink. For us it is another opportunity to get better."
The Ephs will continue their play on the road tomorrow with a game at SUNY Geneseo at 3:00pm.