Jeffs Fall to Babson, 2-0

Safstrom4Courtesy of Babson Sports Information


BABSON PARK, Mass. — The 10th-ranked Amherst men’s hockey team suffered its first setback of the 2013-14 season with a 2-0 loss to No. 7 Babson College.

First-year Michael Phillips recorded a goal and an assist, and sophomore goalie Jamie Murray made 23 saves as the Beavers picked up their first win over Amherst since 2007. Improving to 23-12-3 against the Jeffs, Babson is now 8-0-0 on the year, while the Purple & White dropped to 5-1-0.
Forward Andrew Bonazza ’15, also had a goal for the Beavers, while Jared Wiedemann ’16 notched an assist for his first point of the year.
Babson, which entered the game tied for second nationally on the power play, converting 33.3 percent of its chances (11-of-33), took advantage of an early Amherst penalty to jump ahead 1-0 just 6:36 into the first period. Phillips collected the puck on the left wing and fed Bonazza, who beat sophomore goalie Dave Cunningham for his second goal of the season.
Both goalies were tested early in the second period as Murray made three stops and Cunningham came up with a pair of saves in the opening 3:14. Amherst held a slim 11-10 lead in shots on goal in the middle frame, but the Beavers again made the most of their opportunities, taking a two-goal edge with another power play score late in the period.
Just five seconds after Amherst was called for holding, Phillips knocked home the rebound of a shot by Wiedemann from the left point to make it 2-0 at the 16:22 mark.
The Jeffs’ best opportunities to get on the board came late in the third following a cross-checking penalty on Babson at 16:17. Senior Ben Kravitz blocked a pair of shots by Amherst senior Brian Safstrom on the ensuing power play, and Murray made back-to-back saves on Andrew Kurlandski ’14 with just over a minute to go, sealing the victory.
Murray made five of his 23 stops in the final 20 minutes to earn his second shutout of the season, while Cunningham finished with 26 saves.
The Beavers were 2-for-5 on the power play and killed off both of the Jeffs’ extra-man opportunities. Babson is a perfect 23-for-23 on the penalty kill this season, which leads the nation.
Amherst returns to action against Middlebury next Friday at 7 p.m.