AMHERST, Mass. – Thomas Lindstrom '18 scored his first collegiate goal 6:02 into the second period, and junior goalie Dave Cunningham made a stellar 44 saves to help lift the 14th-ranked Amherst men's hockey team to a hard-fought, 1-0 upset of No. 4 Babson on Tuesday evening at Orr Rink.
With the win, Amherst (7-2-2) issues Babson its first loss of the season as the Beavers move to 11-1-1 overall.
After a back-and-forth first period that featured 28 shots on target split 16-12 in favor of Babson, the Jeffs withstood a barrage of shots as Cunningham made seven of his 16 first period saves with less than five minutes to play to help keep the game at 0-0.
Early in the second period, the Purple & White netted the game's only goal as Lindstrom picked up the rebound on a saved shot by Brendan Burke '16 and scored his first collegiate goal at the 6:02 mark. Theo Hannah '16 added an assist on the play for his second point of the season.
Babson continued to press the Amherst defensive zone, outshooting the Jeffs 15-10 in the second stanza. Cunningham again fended off the Beavers' attack as he turned aside three shots and the defense blocked three shots, including two on the power play to end the frame.
In the third period, Amherst killed off a pair of Babson power play opportunities and applied pressure of its own on the man advantage with 6:27 to play in the contest. Senior co-captains Mike Rowbotham and Jake Turrin each fired shots on goal, while Andrew Fenwick '15 and Aaron Deutsch '15 add a shot on goal apiece forcing Babson goalie Jamie Murray to make four stops.
The Beavers again delivered late pressure on the Amherst goal, pulling Murray with 1:20 to play in regulation, but Babson could not solve Cunningham or the Purple & White's defensive efforts as a pair of Cunningham saves and a pair of blocks sealed the sensational shutout victory for the Jeffs.
Burke, Mike Cashman '15 and Austin Ho '17 notched four shots on goal each, while Charlie Ackerman fired 10 shots on target, followed by six shots from Michael Phillips.
Cunningham (6-1-0) earned the shutout victory with his 44-save effort, while Murray (11-1-1) suffered the loss making 32 saves in the process.
Babson finished 0-for-3 on the power play, while Amherst was 0-for-2 with the extra man.
Amherst returns to NESCAC action on Friday, Jan. 9 when it hosts Colby at 7 p.m. at Orr Rink.