Feb. 27, 2010

BABSON PARK, MA - The second-seeded Babson College men's ice hockey team took a 2-0 lead after one period and held on to defeat seventh-seeded University of Massachusetts Boston, 4-2, in the quarterfinal round of the 2010 ECAC East Tournament at the Babson Skating Center on Saturday night. With the victory, the Beavers (13-11-2) advance to next Friday's semifinal round, which will be held at Norwich University. Meanwhile, the Beacons see their season come to a close with an overall record of 10-13-2.

First-year goalie Zeke Testa (Wellesley, MA) continued his brilliant play in net for Babson, finishing with 25 saves in his ECAC East Tournament debut. At the other end, UMass Boston senior Ryan Donovan (Rexford, NY) turned away 20 shots in defeat, giving him 2,669 in his spectacular four-year career. As a result, he will graduate in 13th place on the NCAA's all-time Division III saves list and holds every cumulative record in school history.

Babson got on the board just over a minute into the game. Senior defenseman Ian Goodwin (Cooper City, FL) intercepted a UMass Boston pass in the neutral zone and fed first-year forward PT Donato (Arlington, MA) at the blue line. Donato then fired a quick pass to senior Chris Wood (Medford, MA), who wristed a shot from the bottom of the right circle into the far upper corner for the game's first goal at 1:11 of the opening period.

Babson's second goal of the night came exactly 12 minutes later, as sophomore Cody Carlson (Peterborough, NH) broke down the left side and wristed a shot from a tough angle into the far upper corner at 13:11.

UMass Boston cut its deficit in half in the opening six minutes of the second, as junior forward Eric Tufman (Abington, PA) took a feed from first-year defenseman Steven Weston (Henniker, NH) along the left boards, skated to the left circle, and beat Testa high on the short side at 5:54. However, Babson answered at 8:06, as senior Casey Fazekas (Montreal, QUE) took a shot from the left point during a 4-on-4 that glanced off Donovan's outstretched glove and settled into the right corner for the Beavers' third goal of the game. Senior Shane Farrell (West Warwick, RI) picked up an assist on the play.

The Beacons once again pulled to within one later in the second, as senior forward Kris Kranzky (Glendora, CA) took a pass from classmate Anthony Cosmano (Wheaton, IL) in the slot and fired a wide-open shot inside the right post at 12:06. UMass Boston would have a golden opportunity to pull even in the closing moments of the session, but sophomore Wayne Sands' (Chalfant, PA) open bid from just outside the crease was denied by Testa seconds before time expired as Babson held on to a slim 3-2 lead heading into the second intermission.

Babson got a huge insurance goal early in the third period, beginning when sophomore Mike Hoban (Medfield, MA) took a pass from junior Terry Woods (Duxbury, MA) and broke down the right side. Donovan was able to stop Hoban's initial bid, but first-year Ryan Smith (Lynnfield, MA) was there to clean up the rebound to give the hosts a 4-2 advantage at 0:23.

UMass Boston had a pair of powerplay opportunities later in the third, but the Babson defense held strong in both instances. During the first man-advantage midway through the session, the Beacons kept the puck in the Beavers' zone for nearly the entire two minutes before Wood came up with a clutch block at the top of the right circle and cleared it as the penalty expired. UMass Boston's final powerplay chance came over the final 1:32, but even with Donovan out of net in favor of an extra skater, the Babson defense would not allow a shot on net as the Beavers held on for the 4-2 victory.

Kranzky finishes his career with 101 points in as many games, including 90 in a Beacons' uniform to place 16th on the school's career list. Senior defenseman Steve Ebbole (Wheaton, IL) was one of just two players to see action in every game this season for UMass Boston and completes his career with 21 points (4-17) in 90 games.