Men's hockey drops tight game to Babson

Contact: William Sodoma
Date: November 19, 2010
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Mike Doherty

WATERVILLE, Maine --- Despite one goal and one assist each from Colby College newcomer Scott Harff (Watertown, N.Y.) and Mike Doherty (Lynnfield, Mass.), the Babson College men's hockey team opened up a 5-1 lead after two periods and then held off a furious Mule third period rally to take a 5-4 win in the season opener for both teams Friday at Alfond Rink.

Babson will head to Bowdoin College for a 4 p.m. game Saturday, while the Mules will entertain University of Massachusetts at Boston at 3 p.m. Bowdoin took a 5-4 overtime win over UMass-Boston on Friday.

The Beavers took a 2-0 lead after one period and led 4-0 at one point in the second period before settling for a 5-1 lead after two. Mike Hoban (Medfield, Mass.) scored at 12:15 of the opening period and Babson followed about five minutes later when Jason Schneider (Littleton, Mass.) tallied at 17:49 when he poked in a shot in front of the net.

Babson struck quickly in the second period as Ryan Smith (Lynnfield, Mass.) scored just 1:39 into play. The Beavers put up their fourth goal when PT Donato (Arlington, Mass.) scored at 9:45.

The Mules broke the shutout when Spike Smigelski (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) scored at 13:21. However, Babson got the eventual game-winning goal from Dan Ahern (Melrose, Mass.) just 22 seconds later at 13:43 for a 5-1 lead at the break.

Colby added a quick goal of its own just 1:07 into the period off the stick of assistant captain Wil Hartigan (Arlington, Mass.). Harff, a transfer from Brown University, had his first Colby goal on the power play just 5:56 into the third period.

Neither team managed a goal in the next 13 minutes until Doherty scored in front with Colby pulling the goalie for the extra attacker. The Mules were unable to get another shot off in the final 16 seconds.

Zeke Testa (Wellesley, Mass.) stopped 14 of his 31 shots in the second period for Babson. Meanwhile, James Lemonias (Hingham, Mass.) entered the game for Colby after Babson scored its fifth goal and did not allow a goal the rest of the way while making 16 stops.

Babson 5, Colby 4

Babson                2#3#0---5

Colby                    0#1#3---4


1st period

B: Mike Hoban (Ben Kravitz, Terry Woods), 12:15

B: Jason Schneider (Connor Berto, PT Donato), 17:49

2nd period

B: Ryan Smith (Mike Hoban), 1:39

B: PT Donato (Shayne Anderson, Ryan Heavey), 9:45

C: Spike Smigelski (Cory McGrath, Nick Kondiles), 13:21

B: Dan Ahern (Cody Carlson, PT Donato, 13:43, PP

3rd period

C: Wil Hartigan (Mike Doherty, Scott Harff), 1:07

C: Scott Harff (Billy Crinnion, Patrick Bursee), 5:56, PP

C: Mike Doherty (Dan Nelson, Billy Crinnion), 19:44, EA

               Shots: Babson 42, Colby 35. Power play: Babson 1-5, Colby 1-5. Goalies: Zeke Testa (Babson, 60:00, 4 GA, 31 saves); Cody McKinney (Colby, 33:43, 5 GA, 21 saves) and James Lemonias (Colby, 25:33, 0 GA, 16 saves).

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