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SHU Stuns Bulldogs 7-6

Brian O'Neill. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Brian O'Neill. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Six Elis Score But It's Not Enough

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – One hundred and five shots attempted with 53 on goal and six that found the net. Those are the type of offensive numbers that should produce a victory, unless you have a tough night at the other end. That's exactly what happened to the No. 8 Yale men's hockey team in a 7-6 loss to a Sacred Heart team hungry for its first win.

The Bulldogs (5-2-1) outshot the Pioneers 53-19, but Sacred Heart erased three deficits and goalie Steven Legatto stopped 47 shots to produce the upset. Yale, which lost for the first time in four games, may have had its fate sealed by missing three or four open nets. Meanwhile, the home team didn't miss many openings, lighting the lamp seven times on 19 shots.

"They (SHU) deserved to win the hockey game tonight. They were better than us tonight from top to bottom," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach, who mentioned that he expected to have tough game from the team led by his former assistant, C.J. Marottolo. "Congratulations to C.J., he's done a wonderful job."

Six different Bulldogs scored goals while a pair of goalies spent time between the pipes.

Matt Gingera got SHU on the board first with a wrap-around shot that snuck past Malcolm on the glove side.

The Bulldogs used their first man-advantage to even things at 8:23 of the first. Freshman blueliner Tommy Fallen (Plymouth, Minn.) took a pass from Kevin Peel (Onoway, AB) and fired a shot from point for his second tally of the year.

Captain Brian O'Neill (Yardley, Pa.), who had two assists, set up the next Yale goal that put the visitors up 2-1. He took a pretty drop pass in the left circle from Andrew Miller (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.), spun to see who was cutting to the net, tripped and got off a pass to rookie defenseman Matt Killian (Basking Ridge, NJ). Killian touched the puck at the top of the slot, spun to his forehand and snapped off a low shot that found the left corner of the net for his first collegiate goal.

Sacred Heart thought it had tied the game with 4:02 left in the first on an off-angle shot by Brian Sheehan that appeared to bounce off the post before being tapped back into the net while the whistle blew. The officials met with each other and then with the goal judge before taking away the goal.  It didn't matter because five seconds later Anthony Yelovich grabbed a rebound and had an easy put-back at 16:03. Yale junior goalie Jeff Malcolm (10 saves), who tried to pull the rebound back to his glove, was immediately replaced by Nick Maricic (Alta Loma, Calif.). whose last game action had been in the NCAA Tournament at Webster Bank Arena, in relief of Ryan Rondeau '11.

The Bulldogs outshot the Pioneers 21-4 in the second but the home team scored two of the three goals in the frame.

Drew George gave the Pioneers another lead when he stole a Yale pass, beat a defender and slipped it past Maricic (2 saves) at 6:35 of the second. SHU made it three in a row almost eight minutes later with a Chad Filteau goal, the first of his two.

The Blue, which dominated possession and opportunities in the second, stopped the bleeding with Miller's first goal of the year with 1:56 left. He took a pass from O'Neill before the red line, skated to the high slot, toe-dragged and then fired a low wrister past Legatto, who had had 19 saves in the frame.

Malcolm went back to the net for the start of the third and watched his team, which began with an advantage, score two quick ones to go up 5-4.  Senior Chad Ziegler (Spruce Grove, AB) re-directed a Nick Jaskowiak (Bloomington, Minn.) shot from the point at 1:54. Twenty-one seconds later sophomore Jesse Root (Pittsburgh, Pa.) converted a Fallen feed for his first of the year.

Yale's prosperity lasted for a little more than a minute. Eric Delong's goal made it 5-5 just 3:23 in.  Ben Ketchum, whose sister skated for the Yale women's team, gave the home team another lead midway through the third when he came in alone on the right side and found an opening on Malcolm to make it 6-5.

It wasn't over for the Blue, who had Kenny Agostino (Flanders, NJ) working hard around the net. He took a pass from Root and skated across the crease before flicking one home to tie the game for the fifth and final time.

Filteau second tally was the winner for SHU, which gained its first win over Yale in three tries. He streaked in from the right side at 15:46 and snapped off a rising shot that few goalies would stop.

Not many people watching this game figured Legatto could hold off the wave of rubber enough to hang on.

BULLDOG BITES:  The only change in the Yale lineup from last Saturday's UConn game was freshman Anthony Day (Buffalo, NY) in for senior forward Charles Brockett (Shaker Heights, Ohio), who has 99 career games played… Yale had one of the longest delayed penalty possessions anyone had ever seen when the controlled the puck for over a minute without letting SHU touch the puck… The Bulldogs played two games at Webster Bank Arena last March in the 2011 East Regional and will co-host the 2012 East Regional at the same venue this year… Yale's all-time record in the building is 1-3 after its first regular season contest... The Bulldogs play next at home against No. 5 Boston College Saturday at 4 pm.


Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director