Malcolm, Bourbonais Help Yale To ECAC Win
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Junior Jeff Malcolm (Lethbridge, AB) registered his first career shutout while stopping 39 shots and Clinton Bourbonais (Colchester, Conn.) had a goal and an assist as the No. 9 Yale men's hockey team beat No. 18 Colgate 2-0 before packed house at Ingalls Rink.
The Bulldogs (2-1-1, 1-1-0) were outshot 39-22, but Malcolm stopped 13 in the first, 15 in the second and 11 in the third to get his squad two ECAC Hockey points and split the conference weekend. His 39 saves were the most by a Bulldog netminder since Ryan Rondeau '11 had 40 on Halloween 2009.
"He was solid tonight and he came out to the top of the crease well," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach of his goalie. "He controlled the rebounds and gave us just what we needed tonight."
Antoine Laganiere had the other Eli tally that helped send the Raiders (5-3-1, 1-1-0) back to Hamilton with a weekend split.
Colgate had a 13-11 edge in shots over the opening 20 minutes, but the home team had more quality opportunities. If not for some quick moves by Eric Mihalik (10 saves), the Elis could have had much more than a 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
The Bulldogs took advantage of their second power play chance to get the lead. Freshman Nicholas Weberg (Oslo, Norway) moved the puck to Bourbonais along the boards. Bourbonais skated out to the right circle and found an opening to get off a low shot that junior Antoine Laganiere (Ile Cadieux, Que.) re-directed past the Raider netminder. The puck trickled over the goal line inside the far post at 11:57. It was Yale's initial first-period goal this season.
If you didn't watch the second period and only looked at the stats for the scoreless frame, you would have thought the Raiders dominated with 15 of the 19 shots on goal. However, the Blue mis-fired on 16 attempts and had equal pressure on Mihalik, who finished with 20 saves. Malcolm took care of business in his end on some scary situations including a quick hand on a Chris Wagner blast.
"I was pretty confident and the guys did a great job in front of me. They kept the shots on the outside," said Malcolm. "The defense got back on pucks well."
Meanwhile, Yale sophomore Kenny Agostino (Flanders, NJ) was getting all kinds of chances and came very close to finding the net for the first time this year two of three times. Teammate Kevin Limbert (Fruitvale, BC) had a breakaway late in the period and missed wide on a backhander.
To put in perspective how little the shots on goal totals meant to the game, consider that the Blue took 44 shots over the first 40 minutes with 15 on target and three off pipes.
"We had better scoring chances than they did but we missed the net a lot. I think we were the better team tonight," said Allain.
Yale finally upped the margin to two goals at 12:27 of the third when junior Josh Balch (Wilmette, Ill.) cashed in his aggressive forecheck for an assist on a big tally. Balch grabbed a Colgate drop pass behind the net and quickly found Bourbonais in the left circle. Bourbonais, the only Bulldog with two points tonight, immediately fired inside the far post for his first goal of the year.
"We had a good forecheck going and I got a nice feed from Josh Balch. It was great to get the monkey off my back," said Bourbonais.
Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director
BULLDOG BITES: The only change in Yale personnel from Friday to tonight was Brad Peltz, who was making his first regular season appearance, for senior Chad Ziegler…. Yale has scored two goals in all four games this year… The Elis were 1 for 5 with the man-advantage while blanking Colgate on five chances.