January 7, 2012

Hockey Defeats Babson In OT, 2-1

Freshman Steve Ginand

Freshman Steve Ginand

NORTH DARTMOUTH, MA-Freshman defenseman Steve Ginand (Milford, MA/Northern Cyclones-AtJHL) scored on an odd-man rush 3:02 into overtime to lift the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth's hockey team past visiting Babson, 2-1,in a non-conference game at the Stephan Hetland Memorial Ice Arena Saturday.

Ginand took a pass from junior defenseman Zach Hepler (Sarver, PA/Dixie Beehives-OPJHL) and fired a shot past Babson senior goaltender Andrew Peabody (Marblehead, MA/St. Paul's School) to end the game.

The goal was Ginand's second of the game. He fired a slap shot past a screened Peabody at 7:30 of the third period to break a scoreless tie. Hepler and junior forward Nick Marquis (Londonderry, NH/Valley Jr. Warriors-EJHL) assisted on the power play goal.

Senior forward Mike Hoban (Medfield, MA/St. Sebastian's School) tied the game less than 90 seconds later, converting a pass from junior forward P.T. Donato (Arlington, MA/St. Sebastian's School) at 8:58. Junior forward Trevor Hines (Newburyport, MA/The Governor's Academy) also assisted.

The Beavers outshot the Corsairs, 37-23, outshooting UMass Dartmouth 19-3 in a scoreless first period. UMD junior goaltender Ryan Williams (Milton, ON/Huntsville Otters-OPJHL) made 36 saves, while Peabody stopped 21 shots for Babson. UMD converted one of their five power play opportunities, while blanking Babson on their three chances.

"That was as good a game as we could have hoped for," said UMass Dartmouth Head Coach John Rolli. "Babson took it to us in the first period. In the second period we turned it around. Steve Ginand showed tremendous poise for us, he had the poise of a senior. In the overtime period, we came down on a three on one rush and Steve just scored a great goal. Ryan Williams had a great game in goal for us and kept us in the game in the first period."

UMass Dartmouth improved to 7-3-1 with the victory, while Babson fell to 3-10-0 with the defeat. UMD will return to action when they host Worcester State Thursday evening. The Beavers will play Norwich next Friday at Fenway Park.