COLUMBUS RIVER DRAGONS at MOTOR CITY ROCKERS
Babin Earns First Career Shutout Over Columbus, Rockers Win 5-0
by Ben Szilagy
Fraser, MI - Trevor Babin had waited 88 games for his one special moment and it came on Friday night against the top team in the Continental Division.
Babin stopped every shot he faced, 39 in total, to earn his first career shutout as the Rockers beat Columbus 5-0 at Big Boy Arena.
The Goaltender from Philadelphia stopped 12 shots in the first period, 19 in the second, and eight in the third period.
While Babin was a brick wall in front of the net, Motor City’s offense built a lead, and its defense kept it. 4:02 left in the first period, Motor City struck first on a goal by Dante Suffredini.
Connor Inger carried the puck into the offensive zone along the far side wall and pushed it to the point and on to the stick of Josh Colten. Colten fired a hard pass towards the net that Suffredini tipped in for his fifth of the season and a 1-0 lead.
The Rockers (23-14-6) added to the lead with two goals in the second period that were scored 45-seconds apart.
4:10 into the period, Tim Perks carried the puck down low into the offensive zone. He held onto it, and completed a wrap-around pass to Nick Magill-Diaz who popped the puck in the net for his third of the season and 2-0 lead.
Moments later, Motor City utilized the wrap-around pass again to build the lead when Brad Reitter carried the puck down low and simulated the same play as before. This time Danny Vanderweil was the man in front to put away the puck for a 3-0 lead for his third of the season.
With Babin staying hot, the Rockers added two goals in the third.
Suffredini won a puck battle in the defensive zone and pushed it ahead to Reitter who chipped the puck ahead to Tommy Cardinal. Cardinal slipped behind the defense for a partial breakaway and deked to his back-hand for a goal and a 4-0 lead with 13:21 to play. It was his 18th of the season and extended his point streak to five games.
Late in the third with 6:42 remaining, Scott Coash added the cherry on top when he carried a Declan Conway pass into the zone and fired a quick wrist shot for a 5-0 lead.
The River Dragons (32-7-4) had their moments as Columbus had six power plays, but failed to convert on them, including four in the third period.
Motor City and Columbus will square off on Saturday at 6:00pm at Big Boy Arena and wrap up the series on Sunday at 2:00pm.