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Comeback Gets Yale Road Point

Clinton Bourbonais. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Clinton Bourbonais. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bourbonais Gets Late Equalizer

CANTON, NY – Points are tough to come by on the road in ECAC Hockey, and even tougher when you get behind by two goals deep into the game far away from home. The Yale men's hockey team showed its poise and depth by erasing a 3-1 deficit to grab a point with a 3-3 overtime decision against St. Lawrence at Appleton Arena.

Yale (8-6-2, 5-3-1 ECAC), in sixth place but five point from the conference leader, had a 36-30 advantage in shots while both teams scored once with the advantage.

Andrew Miller (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) led the Blue with a goal and an assists. All five players touched the puck before the junior forward hit the net. His first-period tally with 1.6 seconds left evened things at 1-1 and probably should have helped the visitors seize the momentum heading to the second.

Instead, Greg Carey scored twice for SLU and it looked like the Saints (8-11-3, 4-5-1) were headed for a big home win.

The depth in the Yale lineup was evident tonight as seven other Bulldogs had one point each.

Bulldog blueliner Kevin Peel (Onoway, Alb.) one-timed an off-angle shot on the power play to cut the margin to one at 17:35 of the second. It was his second goal of the year.

Clinton Bourbonais (Dexter, Mich.), a sophomore Yale forward with four goals, has been making some noise with his stick and body this year. However, his goal with 4:19 left silenced the Appleton crowd and put the Saints on their heels.

"Clint's goal was the result of a great sustained offensive zone shift by that line. Lags (Antoine Laganiere) and Ruf (Trent Ruffolo) did a great on the fore-check to keep pucks alive. Both of them were involved in getting Clint the puck in the slot. His shot went high glove side," said Allain.

A little more than a minute after Yale got the equalizer, the Elis had to kill off a penalty that could have meant their doom. Instead, the defense picked it up and blocked shots all over the ice to send it to overtime.

"They scored right off the bat (1:38), so we were on our heels right away. Our guys did a great job of battling back. This is a tough place to play," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach of Hockey.

Jeff Malcolm (Lethbridge, Alb.), who had 10 saves in two frames and one in the OT, totaled 27 for the game. He came up big in crucial situations to enable his squad to come from behind for the point in the packed ECAC standings.

Yale had four of the five shots on target in the extra session, but Matt Weninger came up big in the home net. The SLU netminder, who had 14 saves in the second, finished with 33 stops overall.

"We clearly carried the play in overtime. None of us are satisfied with one point tonight," said Allain.


BULLDOG BITES: Both teams had Friday night off due to the North Country blizzard that has both squads playing 4 p.m. Sunday games… The Elis take on Clarkson at Cheel Arena Sunday before heading back on the 7.5 hour trip to New Haven… This was the fifth OT game this year for SLU… Jesse Root (Pittsburgh, Pa.) played well tonight after missing both games last weekend with an injury.


Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director