Arvanitis Records Fourth Shutout in Five Starts with 39 Saves as Beavers Win Sixth Straight Game
BOSTON—Sophomore Matt Wiesner (Newport Beach, Calif.) scored the only goal of the game at 10:59 of the third period as visiting Babson College defeated UMass Boston, 1-0, in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men's ice hockey action on Friday night inside Edward T. Barry Rink.
Babson, which has won its last two games and is unbeaten over its last 11 contests, improves to 11-3-2 overall and 6-2-1 in league play. UMass Boston drops to 8-7-1 overall and 4-4-1 in the NEHC with its second consecutive loss.
Junior Patrick Flynn (Framingham, Mass.) and sophomore Ryan Campbell (Scituate, Mass.) each picked up an assist for the Beavers. Junior goaltender Brad Arvanitis (Holliston, Mass.) continued his stellar play with 39 saves to record his second straight shutout and fourth over his last five starts going back to November 30.
First-year netminder Sam Best (Woburn, Mass.), who was making just his second collegiate start, stopped 20 of 21 shots for the Beacons, who were blanked for the first time since last year's NEHC semifinals.
After more than two-and-a-half periods of scoreless hockey, Wiesner broke the deadlock with his sixth goal of the season. Campbell drove to the front of the net from along the goal line and the puck squirted out to Wiesner in the left faceoff circle where he was able to blast it through traffic and inside the far post with 9:01 to play.
Arvanitis made seven of his 11 first-period saves over the first five minutes of the game and then turned away 17 more shots in the second to keep the game deadlocked. The Babson defense also blocked 24 shots on the night, 20 of which came over the first two periods.
Best denied first-year Rory Casey (Newton, Mass.) and junior Christian Faggas (Norwood, Mass.) late in the second period and UMass Boston earned the first power play of the night with 1:20 to go before intermission following a stretch of nearly a minute where Arvanitis was without his stick. He stopped two shots to help the Beavers kill off the penalty, while Best made two saves apiece on a pair of Babson power plays earlier in the third period.
The Beacons finished with a 39-21 edge in shots while the teams, which both entered the night ranked in the top five in the country, combined to go 0-for-5 on the power play.
The teams will conclude their home-and-home series on Saturday at 4 p.m. inside the Babson Skating Center.
• The Beavers are now 47-19-6 all-time against UMass Boston.
• Five of the last 14 games between the teams have been decided by a single goal, although Friday's result marked the first 1-0 finish in 72 all-time meetings between Babson and UMass Boston.
• Over his last five starts, Arvanitis has stopped 175 of 176 shots for a 0.20 goals against average and a .994 save percentage.
• The Beavers have allowed just eight goals during its 11-game winning streak while recording five shutouts.