BOSTON, Mass.—Jamie Murray made 30 saves and Mike Driscoll scored a goal and added an assist to lead #6 Babson College (15-3, 9-2 ECAC East) over host #9/12 UMass Boston (13-3-2, 6-3-2 ECAC East) Friday evening at the Clark Athletic Ice Arena.
In the first rematch of last season's ECAC East Semifinals, the Beavers handed UMass Boston their first shutout since November 18, 2011, a span of 66 games.
Murray was solid all night long: making eight saves in the first, 15 in the second and seven stops in the third, while his defense combined to stop 17 shots. Driscoll provided all the offense the Beavers would need with a goal in the second period and an assist on Troy Starrett's third-period tally.
Sophomore Zach Andrews (Coral Springs, Fla.) stopped a career-high 45 shots but fell to 10-2-2. Captain Travis Daniel (North Brunswick, N.J.) and UMass Lowell transfer Stephen Buco (North Providence, R.I.) recorded a team-high five shots apiece in the loss.
The two teams skated to a 0-0 tie through the first 20 minutes with Babson earning a 14-8 shot advantage.
Driscoll broke the tie 14:07 into the second when he sent a sliding shot past Andrews for a 1-0 lead. Babson's first two shots of the shift were stopped by Andrews but the Beacons' failure to clear the zone cost them, as Driscoll managed to get a shot off while slipping to the ice and Andrews never it saw until it was too late.
UMass Boston nearly tied it moments later but Nathan Milam's (Westland, Mich.) wrap-around chance was waved off, after the referees blew the whistle because the net was off its moorings.
The Beacons put together another great chance before the final buzzer of the second period, when Murray let a rebound bounce off of his shoulder, but defenseman Ben Kravitz gloved the puck down and settled it, before it could careen into the netting.
Troy Starrett took advantage of several Beacons' miscues at 3:37 of the third period to push the Beavers lead to 2-0. Driscoll sent a soft shot from just inside the blue line that Andrews knocked down, but the big rebound slid out to Starrett who buried the puck into the wide-open net. Kravitz picked up the second assist on the play.
UMass Boston would create several strong chances in the third period but Murray was up to the task on most of them and the other good looks were sent just wide of the net.
The Beavers outshot UMass Boston 47-30 for the contest, with the two teams combining to go 0-for-7 on the power-play (Babson 0-4, UMass Boston 0-3).
UMass Boston and Babson College will return to action Saturday at 4 p.m. when they play the second game of their home-and-home series at the Babson Skating Center in Wellesley, Mass.