Williams men's hockey team drops first decision of season

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WILLIAMSTOWN — Sometimes, things really don't go your way.

"We made some mistakes, and we paid the price," Williams coach Bill Kangas said after Saturday's 5-0 loss to Babson.

"Every time we didn't make a clear, or weren't in the right lane for a blocked shot," the Eph coach said, "they seemed to put it to net and put it in."

The 14th-ranked Ephs dropped their first game of the season, as Babson goalie Brad Arvanitis made 41 saves for the first shutout of his Babson career, while Andrew Holland scored twice — including a first-period goal that proved to be the game-winner.

The win by the Beavers (5-3-0) snapped Williams' two-year winning streak. The last Babson win came in 2016.

The loss for Williams (4-1-0) was its first of the year. The Ephs had been looking to win their first five games of the season for the second consecutive year.

"[Babson] came in. They had something to prove, and they competed really well," Kangas said. "They had the edge in play. They beat us to loose pucks.

"I thought they played a complete 60 minutes. We couldn't get anything started."

The Ephs were blanked for the first time since Jan. 5, 2019, when they lost by an identical 5-0 score at Wesleyan.

"We have to be quick learners," said Kangas, whose team left right after the game for a quick road trip at fourth-ranked Geneseo. "We have a tough test. It's an opportunity for us to kind of look in the mirror a little bit tonight and see what we've got tomorrow in the tank."

With the win, Babson's Arvanitis picked up his first collegiate win. The junior from Holliston transferred to Babson from Division I UMass, where he appeared in four games. Two years ago, he appeared three times, backing up Matt Murray. Last year, he played in one game backing up Murray and Filip Lindberg as the Minutemen advanced to the NCAA Division I hockey championship game.

The stakes were not as high on Saturday in Williamstown, but the junior goalie had an outstanding game between the pipes.

Two minutes into the game, Arvanitis stared down a challenge when Babson defenseman Cam Schmitt gave up the puck to Will Somers, but the Eph left wing could not get a shot off. One minute later, Nick Van Belle got off the first of his five shots on goal, but Arvanitis came up with the save.

Arvanitis made 13 saves in the second period, and Williams threw everything at him in the third period and made 20 more saves.

"He kept everything in front of him," Kangas said. "I thought their 'D' did a really good job of not giving us second-chance opportunities. He made some really good saves. His movement in the crease and the way he played, he was really poised. The kids fed off him, too."

Kangas referenced mistakes that his team made. One big one led to the game-winning goal.

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Skating by the Williams bench, Bobby Beniers lost the puck to Babson's Holland, who took a couple of strides into the right faceoff circle and put a low shot into the net past Eph goalie Cosimo Lazzarino.

Exactly six seconds later, Williams' Jack McCool was penalized for tripping. It was the first of eight Babson power plays on the day. Two of those power plays turned into Beavers' goals.

Thirty-four seconds into the power play, Matt Wiesner scored from in front. Babson made it 3-0 at 16:10 on Holland's second goal of the game.

The Ephs were chasing goals the rest of the afternoon, but could not get anything past Arvanitis.

"We hadn't lost a game yet, so I think guys look to a game like this and this weekend as an opportunity," Kangas said. "Clearly, they just had a little more jam in their step. It's a lesson for us, and obviously, the challenge for us is responding to something like this. To be 24-0 is pretty tough. You're going to lose some games.

"We just didn't play the way we practiced and the way we've been competing against each other."

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Babson     3     1     1     —     5

Williams     0     0     0     —     0

First Period

B — Andrew Holland (unassisted), 9:15. B — Matt Wiesner (Cam Schmitt, Trevor Marcinik), 10:07, PP. B — Holland (Brendan Casey, Wiesner), 16:10.

Second Period

B — Nick Rosa (Ryan Black, Mike Egan), 4:06, PP.

Third Period

B — Chris Rooney (Patrick Flynn, Ryan Campbell), 3:37.

Shots — B: 13-6-10 29. W: 8-13-20 41. Saves — B: Brad Arvanitis 41. W: Cosimo Lazzarino 24.

Howard Herman can be reached at hherman@berkshireeagle.com, at @howardherman on Twitter, or 413-496-6253.

Williams     0     0     0     —     0

First Period

B — Andrew Holland (unassisted), 9:15. B — Matt Wiesner (Cam Schmitt, Trevor Marcinik), 10:07, PP. B — Holland (Brendan Casey, Wiesner), 16:10.

Second Period

B — Nick Rosa (Ryan Black, Mike Egan), 4:06, PP.

Third Period

B — Chris Rooney (Patrick Flynn, Ryan Campbell), 3:37.

Shots — B: 13-6-10 29. W: 8-13-20 41. Saves — B: Brad Arvanitis 41. W: Cosimo Lazzarino 24.

Howard Herman can be reached at hherman@berkshireeagle.com, at @howardherman on Twitter, or 413-496-6253.

First Period

B — Andrew Holland (unassisted), 9:15. B — Matt Wiesner (Cam Schmitt, Trevor Marcinik), 10:07, PP. B — Holland (Brendan Casey, Wiesner), 16:10.

Second Period

B — Nick Rosa (Ryan Black, Mike Egan), 4:06, PP.

Third Period

B — Chris Rooney (Patrick Flynn, Ryan Campbell), 3:37.

Shots — B: 13-6-10 29. W: 8-13-20 41. Saves — B: Brad Arvanitis 41. W: Cosimo Lazzarino 24.

Howard Herman can be reached at hherman@berkshireeagle.com, at @howardherman on Twitter, or 413-496-6253.


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