Second-seeded Irish survive 94-minute game to earn first NCAA tournament victory in program history.
One of three senior defensemen on the Notre Dame roster in 2006-07 ... along with Wes O'Neill and Tom Sawatske, gives the Irish a veteran group on the blue line ... continues to develop as a top-flight collegiate defenseman ... quick, mobile defenseman with good speed and stickhandling skills ... blessed with excellent hockey instincts ... moves the puck well and knows when to join the play in his offensive zone ... earned third monogram at Notre Dame as a junior, collecting three goals and career highs in assists (12) and points (15) ... in 104 career games, has eight goals and 19 assists for 27 points ... came to Notre Dame with international hockey experience after playing for USA Hockey's National Team Developmental Program and a year in the United States Hockey League (USHL) with the Green Bay Gamblers ... was a teammate of former Irish right wing Tim Wallace and fellow senior defenseman Tom Sawatske with the USA Under-17 and 18 teams (2000-02) ... spent the 2002-03 season with current Irish teammates Wes O'Neill and Dan VeNard as members of the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers ... one of six players on the current Notre Dame roster (16 overall) - joining fellow seniors Tom Sawatske, Michael Bartlett and Josh Sciba, sophomore Jordan Pearce and freshman Kyle Lawson - to play for the National Developmental Program ... one of four former Green Bay Gamblers on the Notre Dame roster joining O'Neill, VeNard and freshman Kevin Deeth ... one of 19 Irish players to play in the USHL ... member of eight-man recruiting class that featured five forwards, two defensemen and one goaltender ... signed national letter-of-intent in November of 2002 along with goaltender David Brown, O'Neill and forwards Jason Paige and Josh Sciba ... is the first Notre Dame hockey player from the state of Florida.
AS A JUNIOR: Played in 35 of Notre Dame's 36 games during `05-'06 campaign ... was seventh in scoring - second among Irish defensemen - with three goals and 12 assists for 15 points ... all three goals came via the power play ... had 10 penalties for 20 minutes ... led the defensemen with 66 shots on goal while tying for fifth on the squad ... was -3 on the year ... scored first goal of the season in 6-3 loss on Oct. 22 at Denver ... had first two-assist game of career in 9-4 win over Bowling Green on Nov. 10 ... added an assist in second game of series versus Falcons for three assists on the weekend ... earned CCHA defenseman of the week honors for the week ending Nov. 13 ... had assists in each game of weekend series versus Ohio State (Nov. 25-26) ... had career-high three-point game (1g, 2a) in 4-3 win over Lake Superior State (Dec. 18) ... second goal of season came at Miami in 3-2 loss to RedHawks on Jan. 14 ... ran point streak to three games with assists in back-to-back games at Northern Michigan (Jan. 20-21) ... held to just two assists over the final 12 games versus Ferris State (Feb. 10) and Alaska Fairbanks (Feb. 24).
AS A SOPHOMORE: Played in all 38 games in 2004-05, scoring five goals and six assists for 11 points ... had one power-play tally and one game-tying goal ... whistled off the ice for 17 penalties for a total of 34 minutes ... named team's most improved player following the season ... picked up first point of the season in second game of the year, assisting on a Matt Amado power-play goal in 4-1 loss to Minnesota-Duluth ... scored first collegiate goal on Oct. 29 in first period of 1-1 tie with Northern Michigan ... second goal of the year came on Nov. 12 at Western Michigan when he broke up a Bronco shutout early in the second period with an unassisted goal in an eventual 2-2 tie ... assisted on a Josh Sciba goal with the sixth attacker on the ice in a 3-2 loss at Alaska Fairbanks ... got the game-tying goal in 1-1 tie at Lake Superior State on Jan. 7 ... that goal started him on a career-best four-game point streak (1g, 3a) from Jan. 7 to Jan. 15, 2005 ... assisted on Chris Trick's goal the following night in heartbreaking 2-1 overtime loss to the Lakers ... had one assist in each game of the Ohio State series (Jan. 14-15) ... went seven games without a point before recording his first multiple-point game, getting a goal and an assist in 4-3 loss to Ferris State ... added second goal of the weekend the following day in 4-2 loss to the Bulldogs on Feb. 12 ... did not have a point in final six games of the season.
AS A FRESHMAN: Played in 31 of Notre Dame's 39 games ... saw action on both defense and at right wing ... had one assist on the year ... recorded 25 shots on goal, including career-high three-shot games versus Northern Michigan on Jan. 24 and Nov. 28 ... was -5 on the season ... whistled for 10 penalties for 20 minutes on the year ... lone assist came on Rob Globke goal in 5-1 win over Northern Michigan.
WITH USA HOCKEY: Played two seasons with the United States National Team Developmental Program from 2000-02, playing for the Under-17 and Under-18 teams ... member of gold-medal winning U.S. Under-18 team at the Under-18 World Championships in April of 2002 and the Under-17 team at the Under-17 World Championships the previous year ... scored the championship-winning goal in Under-17 tournament ... stick he used is displayed in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto ... as a defensemen with the Under-17 team, had six goals and 12 assists for 18 points in 69 games ... followed that with three goals and nine assists for 12 points in 62 games with the Under-18 team.
PREP & PERSONAL: Graduated from Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor, Mich., while playing for the National Developmental Team ... played one season (2002-03) with the USHL's Green Bay Gamblers ... team member with current Irish players Wes O'Neill and Dan VeNard ... in lone season with Green Bay had three goals and 11 assists for 14 points in 57 games ... full name is Noah F. Babin ... son of Frank and Kathy Babin ... has one sister, Erica, who was captain of Boston University's women's club hockey team for three years ... born March 11, 1984, in West Palm Beach, Fla. ... finance major in the Mendoza College of Business.
Babin's Career Statistics
Babin's Career Bests
vs. Lake Superior (1g-2a; 12/18/05)
vs. Lake Superior (12/18/05)
vs. Bowling Green (11/10/05)
4 Shots on Goal
4-Game Point Streak
(1g-3a); Jan. 7-Jan. 15, 2005
(vs. Lake Superior and Ohio State)
2-Game Goal Streak
(2g-1a); Feb. 11-12, 2005
(vs. Ferris State)