Murphy Records Beavers' Most Saves Since 2000
AMHERST, Mass.—Sophomore goaltender Aidan Murphy (Walpole, Mass.) made a career-high 50 saves and visiting Babson College and Amherst College both scored early in the first period on the way to finishing in a 1-1 overtime tie in non-conference men's ice hockey action on Sunday evening at Orr Rink.
Unbeaten over its last four games, Babson is now 5-3-1 on the year, while Amherst drops to 2-3-1 overall.
Junior Pieter von Steinbergs (Minnetonka, Minn.) scored and classmate Nick Bondra (Annapolis, Md.) and senior Patrick Daly (Hamilton, Mass.) picked up assists for the Mammoths, who got 26 saves from first-year netminder Dan Dachille (Saddle River, N.J.).
Amherst jumped in front 1-0 on von Steinbergs' second goal of the season just 1:18 into the contest. Bondra led an odd-man rush after taking a clearing pass from Daly and fed von Steinbergs, who was streaking down the left wing for the finish.
The lead lasted just over four minutes though, as Black tied the game 63 seconds into Babson's first power play. Egan gained the zone along the left wing after taking a pass from Corrigan at center ice and got Dachille out of position before sliding a centering pass to Black, who picked up his second tally of the year with a one-timer at 5:25 of the first.
Both defenses took over from there as neither side was able to break the deadlock. Murphy made 20 first-period stops and had already achieved a new career high in saves heading into the second intermission for the Beavers. He denied nine shots in the third, which included three stops over the final four minutes, and saved all three shots he faced in overtime.
The Mammoths hit the pipe five times in the contest, which included von Steinbergs' shot from the right wing with just over five minutes to play in the third period.
Amherst outshot Babson 51-27 but was limited to just one power play opportunity late in the first period. The Beavers finished 1-for-3 on the power play.
Both teams return to action on Friday at 7 p.m. as Babson hosts Johnson & Wales, while the Mammoths take on Middlebury.
• The Beavers are 24-16-4 all-time against Amherst.
• Babson is 1-0-1 this season and is unbeaten over its last 11 overtime contests (4-0-7) going back to the start of the 2017-18 season.
• Murphy's 50 saves are the most by a Babson goaltender since Greg Berard '02 stopped 52 shots in a 7-4 loss to Norwich back on February 26, 2000.
• The Beavers finished up their seven-game road trip with a 4-2-1 record.