O'Neill Nets 2 in 5-1 Win Over Clarkson
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Bulldogs needed a big night from their goalie, and Jeff Malcolm came through by stopping 27 of 28 shots in a 5-1 Yale men's ECAC Hockey win over Clarkson before 3,500 at Ingalls Rink.
Malcolm and the Elis stopped all five Golden Knights' power plays, allowed just two shots on goal on those attempts, on the way to grabbing two important conference points and avenging an overtime loss to the Knights at Potsdam.
Yale, which erased a 1-0 deficit with five straight goals, got two tallies from Brian O'Neill, a goal and an assist from Andrew Miller and Kenny Agostino and two assists from Nick Jaskowiak during a game that included as much hitting as any this year.
The Bulldogs (10-11-2, 7-8-1 ECAC) outshot the visitors 33-28 and converted one of three advantages. They scored once in the first and twice in both of the other frames on Clarkson goalie Paul Karpowich (28 saves).
"It was refreshing to see that result. We knew it was there," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach, of his team's effort. "We need points, but what's important is that we are playing well and getting better."
The Golden Knights (13-12-5, 7-6-3) struck first just two minutes into the opening draw. Allan McPherson, who was crashing the net, took a perfect, behind-the-net feed from Ben Sexton and tapped it past Malcolm.
"We were struggling for momentum when that happened," said Allain of Clarkson's goal. "But we handled it well and that says a lot about this team."
Yale, outshot 11-10 in the first, got the equalizer before the period was out on a nifty move by Miller. Tommy Fallen took a shot from the point that was saved, the rebound bounced out to Jesse Root, who re-directed it toward Miller. Karpowich came out to jump on the puck but it was gone quickly and on the stick of Miller. The junior moved it from his backhand to the forehand and tucked it behind the fallen netminder at 6:24
O'Neill made it two straight for the Blue 63 seconds into the second with a power-play tally. The advantage was the result of a Clarkson penalty at the end of the first period. Jaskowiak, deep in his own end, hit the captain in stride and O'Neill went over the red and blue lines, toe-dragged on a defender and whizzed it past the Clarkson goalie's blocker.
Miller hooked up with O'Neill on a beautiful blueline to circle, crossing pass to up the lead to two. Miller did an amazing job to spot the senior forward cutting in from the point a step ahead of two defenders. The pass led him perfectly and O'Neill snapped a low shot that went inside the far post with two minutes left in the middle frame to make it 3-1.
"I saw him raise his stick. That's a play we are used to," said Miller. "He was streaking toward the net."
Both netminders came up with quality stops in the second that could have turned into game-changing goals. Karpowich closed the gap of an open side of the net on a Jaskowiak one-timer with a Yale advantage, while Malcolm stoned McPherson with 51 seconds left on a mini-breakaway.
"I just focus on the next save and try to keep a rhythm," said Malcolm. "I can feel it (when it's going well) and everything sticks to you."
The Yale netminder was on it again in the third, making consecutive, point-blank saves on Louke Oakley. The Bulldogs were buzzing at the other end in the third period and there was plenty of stinging.
Karpowich stopped three shots on a Yale flurry before Agostino slipped in a rebound off a Miller shot to make it 4-1. Eighteen seconds later, Clinton Bourbonais' put-back closed out the scoring.
There was just 24 total minutes of penalties, which didn't seem like much for a game that had bodies flying all over the ice after big hits in both directions... Yale is on the road next week to face Colgate and Cornell in New York... Brad Peltz and Nicholas Weberg were inserted into the lineup at forward tonight... Defenseman Matt Killian was in for the injured Kevin Peel.
Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director