Murray Ties Single-Season Shutout Mark As Beavers Reach 9-0
BABSON PARK, Mass.—Sophomore Michael Phillips (Richmond Heights, Ohio) had a goal and an assist, and junior goaltender Jamie Murray (Scituate, Mass.) made 16 saves to tie the single-season program record with his fourth shutout of the year as No. 3 USCHO.com/No. 3 D3hockey.com Babson College defeated the University of Southern Maine, 3-0, in Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) East men's ice hockey action on Friday night at the Babson Skating Center.
With the victory, Babson is off to its best start going back to 1975 at 9-0-0 overall and 5-0-0 in conference play. Southern Maine drops to 1-7-0 overall and 0-6-0 in the ECAC East.
Senior Andrew Bonazza (Dartmouth, Nova Scotia) and junior Max Franklin (Wrentham, Mass.) also scored for the Beavers. Senior Mike Driscoll (Milton, Mass.), sophomores Dan Casey (Chatham, N.J.) and Tim Searles (Chesapeake, Va.), and first-year Charlie Ackerman (Bradenton, Fla.) each contributed one assist apiece in the win.
After a slow start for both teams that featured just five shots on goal over the first 10 minutes of the opening period, the Green and White jumped on top with a power play goal at the 15:48 mark. Phillips blasted a shot from just beyond the right face-off circle past Southern Maine first-year goaltender Kyle Shapiro (Ocean, N.J.) for his fourth goal of the year after taking a feed from Casey.
The Beavers nearly doubled their advantage just two and a half minutes later when they caught the Huskies making a line change. Bonazza took a feed from Phillips and drove toward the net only to have his blast ring off the pipe to keep it a one-goal game at the first intermission.
Shapiro stopped three shots in the opening minute of the second period to help Southern Maine kill off a penalty, but Franklin knocked home a loose puck in front of the net following a face-off win by Driscoll just 1:26 into the stanza to give Babson a 2-0 lead. The Green and White held a 13-5 edge in second-period shots and had two more power play opportunities, but 12 saves by Shapiro kept the Huskies within striking distance. Murray, who stopped senior Brad McGovern's (Haverhill, Mass.) shorthanded chance midway through the frame, and the Beavers' defense kept the margin at two by killing off a pair of penalties, including 31 seconds of a Southern Maine two-man advantage late in the period.
Babson put the game away on Bonazza's fifth goal of the season just 48 seconds into the third period. After winning a face-off in the offensive zone, Bonazza took a feed from Phillips and ripped a shot past Shapiro from the left circle to make it a 3-0 game. Murray stopped four shots over the final 20 minutes and the Beavers' defense blocked three others to complete the shutout.
Murray, who lowered his goals against average to a paltry 0.69 on the season, equaled his own single-season shutout mark which he set last season. He has allowed just one goal in five conference games this season and now has 10 shutouts in 50 career starts.
Shapiro finished with 37 saves for the Huskies, who were outshot 40-16 on the night.
Both teams return to action on Saturday as Babson hosts the University of New England at 4 p.m., while Southern Maine visits nationally-ranked UMass-Boston at 3 p.m.
GAME NOTES: The Beavers are now 20-8-1 all-time against the Huskies and have won each of the last six meetings in the series going back to 2012…Babson is unbeaten in its last 16 games against ECAC East opponents at home (14-0-2) going back to the 2012-13 season…the Beavers have scored first in each of their nine games this year and have outscored their foes 12-0 in the first period on the season…Babson is now 28-0-1 since February 10, 2013, when scoring three goals or more.