Bulldogs Get First Win
Malcolm Leads Elis to Win at Dartmouth
HANOVER, N.H. – Junior goalie Jeff Malcolm (Lethbridge, AB) stopped 29 of 30 shots to lead the No. 9/10 Yale men's hockey team to its first victory of the 2011-12 season, a 2-1 decision over Dartmouth in the final game of the Ivy Shootout at Thompson Arena.
The Elis, outshot 30-25, got a strong showing from their third-year netminder who was also in net for yesterday's 2-2 OT draw with Princeton.
"It was a battle tonight," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach of Hockey.
The Big Green outshot the Blue 14-5 in a scoreless opening period as Malcolm's play in net prevented the home team from jumping out in front. A Dartmouth 5-on-3 early in the second period appeared to be what it needed to cash in on the shot differential, but that's not what happened.
"He (Malcolm) was outstanding in that first period and gave us a chance to win. He was rock solid all game and was definitely what we needed," said Allain, a former Yale goalie himself.
The momentum turned midway through this contest. The Bulldogs outshot the home team 14-8 in the second and got on the board first with 10:50 left, taking advantage of a power play. Sophomore forward Clinton Bourbonais (Colchester, Conn.) skated in from the right point to the top of the circle and flicked a hard, low wrister toward the net. Dartmouth goalie James Mello made the save but junior forward Antoine Laganiere (Ile Cadieux, Que) was there to bang it home for his first of the year.
The Big Green evened things about four minutes later when freshman Eric Neiley notched his first career goal. Neiley skated in from the left circle and snapped off a rising shot over Malcolm's shoulder.
Yale grabbed the lead again when senior Chad Ziegler (Spruce Grove, AB) tallied just before the second intermission to make it 2-1. Ziegler, who ended up with the game-winner, took a pass from senior Charles Brockett (Shaker Heights, Ohio) behind the net before skating out to the middle of the crease. The veteran forward snapped a shot between Mello's left shoulder and the post at the 18:54 mark.
"Our guys showed great courage with a slow start on the road, having a goal waved off and fighting through the (two) third-period penalty kills," Allain said.
Yale scored once on three advantages while Malcolm and the Eli defense held Dartmouth scoreless on three chances.
The Bulldogs open their home regular season schedule next Friday night when Cornell comes to Ingalls Rink for a 7:30 start that airs live on CBS Sports Network.
filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director
Jeff Malcolm image by dspics.com