Yale To Face Tigers Saturday at 4 PM
PROVIDENCE, RI – The 2012-13 Yale men's hockey season began in exciting fashion at the Ivy Showcase at Meehan Auditorium. Antoine Lagainere (Ile Cadieux, Que.) scored both goals as the Bulldogs and Dartmouth skated to a 2-2 overtime tie.
Laganiere (in photo), who hit the net for the 12th time in his last 11 games, beat Big Green goalie Cab Morris twice in the second period to erase a one-goal deficit. He had a team-high six shots on goal.
Clinton Bourbonais (Dexter, Mich.), the only other Eli with a point, assisted on both Yale goals.
The Blue was outshot 37-20 and got 35 saves from senior goalie Nick Maricic (Alta Loma, Calif.). He needed 13 in the third and another five stops in the overtime to earn the draw.
"It was a pretty good first step for us, though it was obvious by some of our decisions with the puck that we hadn't played a game yet," said Keith Allain '80, Yale's Malcolm G. Chace Head Coach.
The Big Green notched the only goal of the opening period, which was rookie Tim O'Brien's first collegiate tally. Yale, which outshot Dartmouth 9-7 in the frame, tried to move the puck around the boards and out, but O'Brien picked it up next to the right circle and cut toward the middle before getting off a wrister inside the far post at 2:53.
Dartmouth had the edge (11-8) in shots in the second but the Blue got all the goals despite going scoreless on its first three advantages of the year.
Yale got the equalizer early in the middle period when Laganiere got his first. Bourbonais moved the puck from the boards to his linemate coming through the right circle. The senior forward had the puck on his backhand and flicked a 5-footer top shelf at 2:23.
Bourbonais and Laganiere were at it again nine minutes later off a faceoff. Bourbonais won the draw to the boards behind the net and Laganiere took it from there. He circled to his left, got cut off and came back to the right before tucking the puck off Morris' skate at 11:51 to make it 2-1.
Meanwhile, Maricic and his penalty-kill mates killed off three Big Green chances to take a one-goal lead to the third.
The door opened for Dartmouth to start the second half of the final frame, and the Big Green jumped in. Eli freshman forward Carson Cooper's hit near the Yale bench brought a game misconduct and a 5-minute boarding major penalty midway through the third period.
Maricic almost made it through the entire power play unscathed. He made five big saves, but the Green broke through. Eric Robinson finally smacked home a shot with 20 seconds left on the advantage and 3:01 on the game clock. He one-timed a crossing feed from Tyler Sikura.
The veteran Yale goalie came up with two big stops in the overtime to preserve the draw.
"Our goaltending was good, our penalty kill was good and our compete level was good," said Allain, whose squad will face Princeton at 4 pm on Saturday at Meehan.
BULLDOG BITES: Yale was 0-3 on the power play while Dartmouth went 1-5… The Elis suited up three freshmen up front and another trio on defense… There were four seniors, including three at forward… The Bulldogs have a new volunteer coach, Josh Siembida (former UND and Quinnipiac goalie), who replaced Eric Lind.
Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director