Maine Hockey Journal

Huskies come up short against Babson

Babson Park, MA — Babson College erupted for a season-high five goals and first-year goalie Andrew Peabody (Marblehead, Mass.) made 14 saves to earn his first collegiate shutout as the host Beavers defeated the visiting University of Southern Maine, 5-0, in the consolation game of the sixth annual Babson Invitational Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament presented by Irving Oil on Sunday afternoon.

With the win, Babson improved to 1-2-1 on the season. Southern Maine dropped its second straight to slip to 2-3-0.

Babson wasted little time grabbing the lead, scoring just 13 seconds into the contest. First-year Mike Hoban (Medfield, Mass.) took a pass from senior Pat McLaughlin (Berlin, Mass.) and fired a shot from the right corner that went in off the back of Southern Maine first-year goalie Koray Celik (Ile-Bizzzard, Que.) at 0:13. The Beavers then made it 2-0 with a short-handed goal at 16:43 of the period, as junior Chris Wood (Medford, Mass.) took a breakaway feed from sophomore Terry Woods (Duxbury, Mass.) and beat Celik on the stick side.

The hosts continued to press the attack in the second period, mounting 15 shots to the Huskies’ four as part of a 33-14 shot advantage for the game. However, the Beavers were kept off the board until the final three minutes of the session, when a flurry of Southern Maine penalties led to a pair of power-play goals. Wood scored the first off a feed from junior Jason Schneider (Littleton, Mass.) for his second goal of the game at 17:27, and junior Shane Farrell (West Warwick, R.I.) netted the second with 8.3 seconds left in the period off a pass from Woods.

Junior Cory Griffin (Hingham, Mass.) would tack on another power-play score at 15:01 of the third as Babson skated away with the 5-0 victory.

It was the first career shutout for Peabody, who made six saves in the first period and four each in the second and third for a total of 14 stops. Celik went the distance in net for Southern Maine, finishing with 28 saves.

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