Arvanitis Stops Career-Best 47 Shots as Beavers Extend Unbeaten Streak to Nine
GENEVA, N.Y.—Junior goaltender Brad Arvanitis (Holliston, Mass.) stopped a career-high 47 shots as visiting Babson College and sixth-ranked Hobart College battled to a 0-0 overtime tie in New England Hockey Conference (NEHC) men's ice hockey action on Friday night inside The Cooler.
Babson, which is unbeaten over its last nine outings, is now 9-3-2 overall and 4-2-1 in league play, while Hobart is also 9-3-2 overall and 3-3-1 in the NEHC.
Arvanitis, who has allowed just one goal over his last four starts, recorded his third shutout of the season and lowered his goals against average to a miniscule 1.16 on the year. He made 35 saves over the first two periods and is now 3-2-1 on the season. In addition to his performance, the Babson defense blocked 22 shots on the night, 11 of which came in the third period and overtime.
His counterpart, Statesmen sophomore Joe Halstrom (Fort Collins, Colo.), made 23 of his 30 saves over the final two periods and overtime to post his second shutout of the winter.
Hobart outshot the Green and White 18-7 over the opening 20 minutes and went on the power play three times in the second period but was unable to break through. Babson was limited to just two shots on its first two power play chances, but Halstrom robbed sophomore Ryan Black's (Pomfret, Conn.) one-timer from the right face-off circle early on the team's third man-advantage of the night 12 minutes into the second.
Halstrom made another glove save to deny sophomore Matt Wiesner's (Newport Beach, Calif.) bid to break the deadlock early in the third, and handled sophomore John Corrigan's (Stoneham, Mass.) blast from just inside the blue line three minutes into the extra period. Arvanitis made his best save of night sliding to his right to stone Statesman sophomore Aaron Maguyon (Margate City, NJ.) on an odd-man rush with 2:21 to play in regulation.
Both teams return to action on Saturday at 4 p.m. as Babson travels to Skidmore, while Hobart hosts UMass Boston.
• The Beavers are now 10-5-4 all-time against Hobart with three of the four ties coming since 2017.
• Babson, which entered the night ranked fourth in Division III in scoring defense, has allowed just five goal over its last eight games.
• The Beavers, who also blanked Johnson & Wales and Suffolk back in December, have recorded three consecutive shutouts against league opponents since 2015 when it blanked Skidmore, Castleton and Southern Maine between November 13-20.
• Babson's last 0-0 result prior to Friday came on February 6, 2015, at the University of New England.